New wheels first for $13m Lotto winners
A Hastings couple who drove to Auckland to collect a $13.2 million Lotto prize stayed near a car dealer so they could shop for new vehicles.
The couple won half last weekend's $26.4m Powerball jackpot, then kept the winning ticket in a sock drawer for several days before making the trip north to claim the prize.
"I play my own numbers every week, so as soon as I saw the results I knew we'd won something good - I just didn't know what," the winning husband said.
"When I realised we'd won first division I crossed my fingers, hoping I'd picked the right Powerball too. Lucky for us, I had.
"I jumped up and ran through the house yelling 'we've won Lotto'.
"My wife wasn't feeling well, so was in bed at the time. It turns out that me bursting through the door screaming 'we've won $13 million' was an instant cure.
His wife added: "It's enough to make anyone jump out of bed."
The couple knew they had won last Sunday but waited a few days before making the trip north.
"It was really funny reading about the win in the newspaper each morning and hearing people talking about it around town, knowing all the while that we had the lucky ticket tucked away at home," the husband said.
He had little doubt what the first major purchases with the prize would be.
"New cars are at the top of our list," he said.
"We're even staying at a hotel near a dealer so we can start shopping as soon as the winnings are in our account.
"Our kids have a couple of things they'd like, but to be honest they're most excited about having a family holiday in Auckland."
Wider family and charities would also benefit from the win.
The winning Hastings ticket was bought at Pak 'n Save in the city. The other half of the jackpot was won by an Auckland couple who bought their ticket at Kumeu Four Square.
The winners wish to remain anonymous.