Paraparaumu residents buzzing after local wins $37m with Lotto

A small Kāpiti town north of Wellington is buzzing after Lotto Powerball's $37 million jackpot was sold at a local supermarket.

The multi-millionaire hasn't revealed their identity, however, that didn't stop Paraparaumu locals from guessing who it might be.

Paraparaumu is known for its beautiful beaches and quiet streets, however on Thursday there was a bit of buzz around town.

That's because it could also be home to New Zealand's newest multi-millionaire, who bought their winning ticket at the New World supermarket.

New World Kāpiti owner-operator Ali Young and her husband Clayton got the call from Lotto on Wednesday night.

"It's very, very exciting," Ali said proudly.

"First thing my husband did when he got off the phone was check our ticket, unfortunately not the lucky one," she said.

But they're still celebrating.

"Just knowing that we've sold it to someone here and knowing that one of our team members was actually the person who printed out that ticket," she added.

"It's great for the team, we've all been buzzing."

It's safe to say the whole community is.

"It's incredibly exciting because it was 37 [million dollars], wasn't it," said one Paraparaumu local.

"I said to my partner last night, 'I wonder who it is'," said someone else.

Another added: "Good to see some money come into the area."

Although a few were a wee bit disappointed.

"Must be us, no it isn't we didn't buy it up here," another said sadly.

Another local added it wasn't them, as they forgot to get their ticket.

"I wish it was, and I'm gutted because yesterday we were saying we should go to New World and get a ticket."

"Still wearing overalls," joked another.

Whoever it is they'll likely make their way to Lotto HQ's winner's room, which has bottles of champagne in there, ready and waiting to celebrate what will be Lotto's third biggest prize ever.

"It's a lot of money and it's a lot to process and it's life-changing in a great way," Lotto NZ's Lucy Fullarton said.

The winning ticket hasn't been claimed yet however, once it is, Lotto will support them through the process.

"When our winner walks in the door that's usually the first thing they're thinking of, who can they help and how can they give back to their communities," Fullarton said. 

And the Kāpiti community is hoping it's one of their own.