Disbelief over rainy day Lotto windfall

A Hamilton family has walked away with $500,000 in Lotto winnings.
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A Hamilton family has walked away with $500,000 in Lotto winnings.

Putting money away for a rainy day is the old adage but for a Hamilton family, it's the rainy day that lead to a $500,000 Lotto windfall.

Days after ex-tropical cyclone Cook passed over the country and on the night of the Wednesday night draw, the winner, who wants to remain anonymous, holed up in Countdown Dinsdale while rain poured down outside.

"I'd just finished the grocery shopping and it started bucketing down," the Lotto winner said. "There was no way I wanted to go out in that so I decided to grab a Lotto ticket while I waited for the rain to pass."

Heading to the car, he thought nothing more of it until Thursday.

"I checked the numbers and there they were, all in a line," he said.

In disbelief, the winner double checked his ticket.

"When I was pretty sure I'd won, I called my wife over and said, honey, we've won Lotto."

She didn't believe it either so the couple went online and triple checked the results. Countdown Dinsdale was confirmed as having sold the winning ticket.

"That's when she finally started to take me seriously," he said.

Even that wasn't enough. They quadruple checked, scanning their ticket using the Lotto NZ App and were confirmed as a major prize winner.

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The couple intend to put the money in the bank and take some time deciding what to do.

"We'll leave it in the bank for a bit while we work out what to do next."

 - Stuff

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