Mum popped in for a pie - and won $3.8m
Saturday afternoon started with a pie and ended with a $3.8 million Lotto win for one lucky West Auckland mum and her son.
The winner, who is remaining anonymous, bought the Lotto Triple Dip ticket when she stopped at a shop in Avondale so her son could grab a pie for lunch.
"I decided to pop into the Lotto store and get a ticket while my son went to the bakery to get lunch," she says.
"When I got to the counter I handed the man a $20 note and said 'give me the luckiest ticket you have, please'."
It wasn't until late Saturday night that she realised how lucky the ticket was.
"I was getting ready to go bed when I saw online that a winning ticket was sold at Avondale Foodmarket, but I couldn't remember the name of the shop I bought my ticket at so I decided to just go to bed.
"But something must have clicked because I couldn't rest." So she hopped up and grabbed the ticket to check.
"That's when I saw the numbers lining up on the second-to-bottom line of my ticket. I kept muttering 'nah, nah' as I saw each number - then I saw I had the right Powerball number and then I knew I was in trouble."
She rushed out of her bedroom and got a second opinion from her son. He couldn't believe what he was seeing and woke his girlfriend for a third opinion.
"I honestly thought I was still dreaming - she's a hard-working single Mum, so this really is the kind of thing you dream of someone like her winning," his girlfriend says.
The three then spent the night sitting and staring at the winning ticket on the table.
As soon as their local shop was open on Sunday morning the family raced there to find out they were millionaires.
"The first thing I'm going to do is pay off the mortgage and finally buy myself a new fridge," the woman says.
"I'm not too sure what else I'll do to be honest, I just know I want to do some good."