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.
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