Powerball winner Trev quits the day job
"Trev from Te Kauwhata" hit the $26.5m Powerball jackpot a month ago and promised to return to his supermarket job the next day - instead, he has quit.
The 34-year-old Waikato man scooped the Powerball win last month, which he claimed at the Lotteries Commission in Wellington before heading back home in time for work the next day at Countdown Huntly.
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But after betting John Campbell $26.5 million he would go to work the next day, he failed to show.
A Countdown Huntly spokeswoman confirmed today he had not been back since.
"No he hasn't come back, he no longer works here, but he still keeps in touch," she said.
At the time, Trev said he'd continue working "because I enjoy my job and not because I have to pay bills".
"Nothing is going to change. At the end of the day my bank balance is longer than my phone number, but I love my job."
He purchased his ticket at the Te Kauwhata Four Square Foodmarket, but a spokesman there said he had "no idea" where Trev was now.
In the small town of about 1200, no one is giving up his whereabouts, but it was reported in the weeks after his win that he had fled to find some privacy.
A number of people had reportedly come out of the woodwork to beg for money.
However, one of the first things Trev bought was a $70,000 2011 Holden Maloo Ute from Moyes Panmure. The ute was sourced from a Hamilton dealer, and he was in talks to source a Dodge Viper - asking price $150,000. He also splashed out on a new car for his mother.
Before the win, Trev said financially he lived week-to-week.
But he was determined not to let the life-changing win lead him into making rash decisions.
The confirmed bachelor said he wasn't in a rush to meet anyone just because he had won a lot of money.
"I want to find someone for the right reasons," he said.
"I'm the same person I was yesterday and the day before that.
A New Zealand Lotteries Commission spokeswoman said it was still in touch with Trev, as was the case with a number of past winners, but would not be releasing any more information.
He declined any further media interviews.
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