Lotto winners promise 'random acts of kindness'

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Lotto's newest millionaires won't be spending up big on luxury goods but plan to help others through what they call random acts of kindness.

An Auckland couple became $9.1 million richer after Saturday night's powerball draw and have come forward to collect their prize.

They want to remain anonymous but say they want to make sure the money lasts, and want to do some good with it too.

The husband was home alone when he realised his numbers lined up. "I checked and double checked the numbers over and over again - my mind was whirring. In the end I went into the garden to get some fresh air and collect my thoughts - I just stood there staring at the night sky."

Meanwhile, his wife was driving home listening to the radio. "I heard that someone had won $9 million with Lotto and I thought, 'gosh – wouldn't that be nice', then totally forgot about it," she said.

When she got home her husband handed her the lucky ticket and asked her to recheck it as he must have been "doing it wrong".

But after checking the ticket together several times, it became very clear that they had won the couple a life-changing prize - both for themselves and other lucky people.

They said they've always loved doing random acts of kindness and knowing they could use some of their winnings to help change the lives of other people was the most amazing feeling.

"Every single act is going to be a really special moment - we can't wait to help make other people's lives a little easier."

The winning ticket was sold at Mitchell's Paper Power in Northcote, Auckland.

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