A Whangārei man celebrated with fist pumps and high-fives last week when his Lucky Dip ticket won $250,000 with Lotto First Division, despite initial scepticism from his son.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was enjoying a visit from his son on the night of Wednesday, October 24 when he decided to tune in to watch the live Lotto draw.
"We always watch the Lotto draw every week and Wednesday was no different, I had my ticket at the ready," the man said.
Checking off each number as they appeared on his TV screen, the man could scarcely believe his eyes as each number matched.
"When I saw I had all six numbers in a row, I jumped up and pumped my fist in the air and said 'We've won!','' he said.
"My son said, 'Yeah right'. He thought I'd won $100."
It wasn't until the man showed his son his winning ticket that he got the reaction he was after.
"He was completely floored. To be fair he wasn't the only one that was having trouble believing it. We were pretty blown away."
After tucking the ticket away for safekeeping, the man only stole a couple of glances at it over the weekend before making his claim this week.
Despite the thrill of a Lotto First Division win, he's had no sleepless nights since then.
"I don't think I've ever slept so well," he said.
As for next steps, the man is contemplating a new house and thinking about ways to quietly share the win with family.
"Things like this never happen to us. Even a week later, I've still been thinking about that moment when my numbers came up. I'll never forget it."
The winning ticket was sold at New World Regent, with three other First Division winners in the same draw.