Mystery Lotto winner 'talk of Milson'

LUCKY WIN: Store manager Anne Gosnell said the win had created mayhem for the store.
LUCKY WIN: Store manager Anne Gosnell said the win had created mayhem for the store.

The mystery Manawatu man who won $2 million from a Lotto ticket on Saturday night is the talk of Milson, in Palmerston North.

The man, who did not want to be identified, presented the ticket to Milson's Super Seven Supermarket employees on Sunday.

Store manager Anne Gosnell, who is "part of the furniture" at the supermarket, said it had created mayhem for the store, which could now boast seven first division wins in about 20 years of selling Lotto tickets.

"It's great, so often you see it going to Auckland or Wellington," Ms Gosnell said.

"I'm not saying they aren't deserving, but Palmerston North can be seen as a bit of an unlucky town so it's great to break that trend.

"We've had so many people coming in to check their tickets and asking if it's been claimed yet.

"People want to know as much as they can. Obviously we can't tell them too much.

"What I can say is that our staff were just about as excited as the guy himself when he claimed it."

Despite being forced to be tight-lipped, employees of the supermarket said the winning man was a regular of the Super Seven Supermarket, a "nice man" and a "very deserving" winner.

He had purchased the ticket in the same store earlier in the week.

The ticket was now going through the claims process.

Ms Gosnell said it was great to have a local scooping a big prize.

"That's what you want, really.

"You want it to go to people you know, people that are part of your immediate community and have been buying off you for years, so it's great.

"We probably would have cracked out the champagne, but it was a Sunday after all."

She was unsure if it was the largest win at the store.

Local man Trev Forrester had come in to check his scratchies, because he had heard there had been a big win at the store.

When told it was a $2 million first division Lotto prize, rather than a scratchie win, he was disappointed but upbeat.

"Is that what was won? Gosh!

"They never seem to sell me a ticket like that here."

Palmerston North man Raoul Trueman found out he was a Lotto winner while the Manawatu Standard was at the Super Seven.

No, he is not the mystery winner, instead netting a cool $80 for his Lotto work syndicate.

Countdown Rangitikei St also sold a winning second division ticket worth $18,169 in Saturday's draw.

Manawatu Standard