Palmerston North couple celebrates Lotto win

A Palmerston North couple who won $200,000 on Lotto's first division plan to spend the money on their home and a couple of new cars.

The married couple, who wish to remain anonymous, said they were shocked to see their numbers pop up as they watched Saturday's live Lotto draw.

"I was in the kitchen baking and my husband was watching the Lotto draw," the wife said.

"He said to me 'honey, we've won', but he had a funny look on his face like he was playing a joke, so I just said 'shut up'. "But he was insistent, 'I'm serious, we've won'.

"The couple had to check the ticket multiple times and confirm the results online before they finally believed they had won the prize.Before claiming the ticket in Auckland, they experienced trouble sleeping and relaxing, even going to the precaution of securing the winning ticket in a plastic bag.

They plan to put the money towards their mortgage and would like to buy themselves a new car each.

To celebrate, they splashed out on a nice lunch to ''feel rich for a day''.The ticket was bought from the Kelvin Grove Countdown.

They shared the first division jackpot of $1 million with four other players from Papamoa, Orewa and Auckland.

Manawatu Standard