A Wairoa resident has won a VW campervan valued at more than $80,000 after checking a winning Keno ticket left beside their bed for two weeks.
The player, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a regular Keno player who keeps their tickets in a jar beside the bed.
The winning ticket was sold at Mobil Wairoa for a Keno promotion drawn on November 7.
"After the Keno promotion was drawn I heard that someone in Wairoa had won the Volkswagen campervan and wondered whether it could be me," the eventual winner said.
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"I looked up the winning voucher number and had a quick look through my tickets, but couldn't see the winning number so figured I hadn't been the lucky one."
Earlier this week, the player finally rechecked the winning ticket.
"When I found out the prize still hadn't been claimed I figured it would be worth digging my tickets out and taking them in-store to be checked, just in case I had missed something.
"The operator popped my ticket into the terminal and I heard the winning music play – I immediately knew that my ticket was the one everyone was looking for.
"I jumped up and down with excitement – I was absolutely buzzing. I can still hardly believe my luck."
Keno is one of Lotto New Zealand's daily games drawn four times a day at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm. Players have the chance to win up to $250,000.
Brand-new Volkswagen California Beach campervans are valued at more than $80,000.