Lotto Powerball winner sold in 'the middle of nowhere'

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The Oparau Roadhouse is owned by Bill and Brenda Rogers and they say it's in the "middle of nowhere", but the ordinary Waikato store made one person's dreams come true - followed by a second person's.

Not only did the business in the tiny, remote settlement at the foot of Mount Pirongia sell one of the winning Powerball tickets yesterday, they also sold a $10 Crossword scratchie that won $200,000.

"It's very amazing. Our Lotto rep could not believe it," said Ms Rogers.

"When she rang us back tonight to tell us about winning Lotto after she'd already rang us just a few hours beforehand to tell us about winning the scratchie."

The couple has owned the Oparau Roadhouse for 26 years. They say they bought their own ticket for the record Powerball draw and even though they didn't win, they're thrilled to have sold a winner.

"Before we got the phonecall, we were tired, we were cashing up the tills and going to bed. Now, I swear we've taken something! There's no way I could go to sleep," said Ms Rogers after the win.

"It's always very exciting, we hope it goes to something good and needy, and they do something well with it," said Mr Rogers.

They say they've no idea who the winners are, but despite getting a lot of customers from traffic passing through they're confident the money is going to a local.

"Ninety percent of our customers are local," said Mr Rogers.

"We're in the middle of nowhere. We're about 14km before Kawhia. When you look at a map of where we are, we've got no houses - no one around us. We built a shop in the middle of nowhere."

A Lotto spokeswoman said the three winning Powerball ticketholders have not been in touch to claim their winnings yet.

Three Lotto Powerball ticket-holders will be writing their fantasy to do lists this morning after winning a third of a record jackpot.

They each get $13.3 million as a cut of the $40 million prize as there was no First Division winner in last night's draw, so it rolled down to the second division.

Along with the Oparau Roadhouse, the winning Powerball tickets were sold at Dunedin Pak'nSave and on MyLotto to somebody from Hamilton.