Glitter cannon axed after Lotto fall

MICHELLE ROBINSON AND KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 14:31 23/12/2012
Lotto winner Janice
NZ Lotteries
SHOCK: Janice about to spin the Lotto Winning Wheel.

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An embarrassing fall on live television has led to usage of the Lotto glitter cannon being suspended and a full investigation brought about.

Janice, who did not want her last name used, of Whangarei, fell backwards after the Winning Wheel stopped just shy of the $1 million segment.

It skipped over to land on $200,000. The subsequent celebratory glitter cannon added to her shock, causing her to trip backwards.

"It was very close to the $1 million mark so it was high drama," NZ Lotteries spokeswoman Karen Jones said.

"The glitter cannon startled her and she went backwards and tripped over the edge of the set. It took time for her to get up again.

"A first aid crew tended to her on site and she's laughing about it now.
"She said 'well I definitely went out with a bang'."

NZ Lotteries communications advisor Victoria Barton-Chapple confirmed the stand-down today.

She said it was early stages in the process and did not know when or if the cannon would be back.

Janice was looking forward to her time in Wellington at the Lotto studios, as she had only passed through the capital city before.

Her wish list included a car, a cruise and a home in a retirement village.

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