$20.5m Lotto winner comes forward

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 11:42 27/11/2012

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The Lotteries Commission today confirmed the $20.5m Lotto winner has been in touch.

While giving sketchy details this morning, Lotteries communication spokesperson Emilia Mazur said the winner was a man from the South Island.

She was unable to confirm if the winner was from Invercargill.

The winner has yet to officially claim his money but he was considering his options, she said. These included going to the store where he bought the ticket to get a claim ticket or travel to Wellington to claim it there, she said.

The winning ticket was sold at Windsor Stationery and Lotto shop.

Owner Betty Sinclair said hopefuls, with tickets in their hand, had lined up outside the shop before it opened yesterday morning.

More people had also phoned and visited the store to check their numbers throughout the day, she said.

"They were wishing and hoping to be lucky but nobody had the winning ticket," she said.

The lucky winner had been the topic of almost every conversation for most of the day.

"People are making guesses who they think the winner is but I think a lot of them are wrong," she said.

If the winner wanted to keep his or her identity secret, she would happily open the store after hours for them, she said.

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