Winner nearly hangs up on $1m

JODY O'CALLAGHAN
Last updated 16:21 26/02/2014

Relevant offers

Money

Budget Buster: Tipping your waiter is hardly the root of all evil Is gas cheaper than electric? Get your calculator ready The longer you wait to buy, the bigger your mortgage payments are likely to be How to make your shopping budget go further Insurers cry foul over new levies and taxes hiking house insurance costs Retailers welcome low-user power scheme review A photographer spent 25 years documenting rich people - here's what she learned Lower credit rating means more costs for smaller banks Tim Fairbrother: Hit your savings goals Janine Starks: A million-dollar reason to change funds

A Canterbury man nearly discarded his $1 million Bonus Bond winnings after hanging up on a bank worker he thought was scamming him.

The man, who wants to remain anonymous, was struggling to support his family before finding out he had won in the latest monthly draw.

He can now pay off his debt and create a ''nest egg'' for his children, despite nearly denying his win after hanging up on the ANZ representative who called to inform him of his prize.

"I didn't want to give the caller my personal details over the phone to confirm who I was, so I thought it might be a scam and hung up," he said.

''When they rang again and said they really need to speak with me, and can I meet them in an ANZ branch, I started to think it might be good news.''

The winner said the prize had come at a great time and that, at this stage, he has just told immediate family about his prize.

"There won't be any holiday plans or a new Mercedes in the driveway, but now I can sleep easy at night knowing that we can pay off our outstanding debt.''

He wanted to set aside most of it for his children in case they wanted to go to university.

''Knowing they will be in good shape if I die tomorrow has lifted a huge weight off our shoulders.''

He was getting advice from a financial expert.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content