A Waikanae family who were worried how they would pay for Christmas have claimed the massive $15.6 million Powerball prize struck during the weekend.
In a statement, one of the winners said the family had been living week-to-week trying to get by.
"A week ago I didn't know how we were going to do Christmas this year, it really is a miracle come true."
The winner said that despite the massive windfall they would continue to keep working as they loved their job.
Apart from buying a house, the family would lock away the money while they decided what to do with it.
"I don't usually watch the Lotto draw, but for some reason I tuned in on Saturday. At first I was all "these are stupid numbers" but then I started checking the numbers on our ticket and realised that we'd won, it was completely unreal.
"We're long-time believers that you've got to give to get, so we've already worked out which charities we're going to give some money to, make sure that they have a good Christmas as well."
The winning Lotto Powerball ticket was sold at Waikanae Beach Four Square, Waikanae, north of Wellington. Their prize is made up of $15,114,000 from Powerball First Division and $500,000 from Lotto First Division.
- The Dominion Post