A skip over the $1 million mark and an abrupt glitter cannon saw Lotto's Winning Wheel winner collapse on set tonight.
Janice, who did not want her last name used, of Whangarei, fell backwards after the Winning Wheel stopped just shy of the $1 million spot.
It skipped over to land on $200,000. The subsequent celebratory glitter cannon added to her shock, causing her to trip backwards.
Cameras quickly cut away as staff rushed to her aid.
"It was very close to the $1 million mark so it was high drama," NZ Lotteries spokeswoman Karen Jones said.
"The glitter cannon startled her and she went backwards and tripped over the edge of the set. It took time for her to get up again.
"A first aid crew tended to her on site and she's laughing about it now.
"She said well I definitely went out with a bang."
Janice will have a cup of tea rather than a celebratory champagne while she calms her nerves.
"She didn't know what she'd won, it was a bit of a blur."
Janice was looking forward to her time in Wellington at the Lotto studios, as she had only passed through the capital city before.
Her wish list includes a car, cruise and a home in a retirement village.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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