Lotto $50m Powerball: 'Surprised' Hawke's Bay mum claims her prize

Lotto $50m Powerball: 'Surprised' Hawke's Bay mum claims her prize

A mother from Hawke's Bay has claimed one of the life-changing $25.1 million prizes from Saturday's historic $50 million Powerball draw.

The woman was one of two Powerball First Division winners on Saturday, splitting Lotto's largest-ever jackpot.

Still in shock and disbelief, the woman is starting to come to terms with being one of New Zealand's newest millionaires. 

"It was a total surprise you never think it will be you. I still can't believe it," she said.

 

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought her lucky triple dip while visiting Auckland. 

"I knew there was a big draw coming up so decided to buy a ticket in Auckland while I was there," she said.

The woman saw that one of the winning tickets had been purchased at Countdown Manukau City Mall, but thought it was unlikely that she had won.

"I saw that one of the winning tickets had been bought at the same store where I got mine but never in a million years did I think it would be me!"

After a couple of sleepless nights, the prize was officially confirmed at Lotto NZ Head Office.

"I've been keeping my ticket in my phone case and under my pillow at night, not that much sleeping has been happening. 

"I've mostly been scouring the internet for my dream car," the woman said.

The woman is now looking forward to what the future holds.

"I will definitely be buying a house, that's the first thing on my list. 

"I would also like a new car."

The winner's current priority is to put a plan in place for herself and her family.  Looking ahead, the woman intends to embark on travel and "other fun stuff."

The winning ticket was sold at Countdown Manukau City Mall in Auckland for Lotto NZ's $50 million Must Be Won draw on Saturday 29 February 2020.

The woman is one of two winners: the other winning ticket was sold online through MyLotto.  Registered in Auckland, the other winner who shares the $50 million jackpot win is yet to come forward. 

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