Lotto player to pocket $26m

Last updated 21:42 22/02/2014

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One lucky punter is $26 million richer tonight after striking Lotto’s Powerball.

The winner of the $26.2m fortune secured their lucky ticket from Willy Wonka’s Superette, in downtown Auckland; named after the fictional character in Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory who provided five Golden Tickets in his famous ‘Wonka Bars’.

‘‘This win goes straight into Lotto’s history books,’’ Lotteries Commission head of corporate communications Emilia Mazur said.

‘‘This is the sixth biggest Lotto prize in New Zealand history. We can’t wait to meet New Zealand’s latest multi-millionaire and celebrate with them.’’

The total Lotto Powerball prize of $26.2 million is made up of $26,061,898 million from Powerball First Division and $200,000 from Lotto First Division.

Last night’s bonanza is the first Powerball prize to be won in 2014.

Four other Lotto players from around the country are also celebrating tonight after winning a $200,000 share of Lotto First Division. The winning tickets were sold at Papamoa Beach Four Square, New World Orewa, Countdown Kelvin Grove in Palmerston North and at MyLotto.co.nz.

The win comes almost two years after former supermarket worker Trevor Cooper struck $26.5m 

The win helped finance his entry into fulltime offroad and speedway racing, telling Sunday News in February 2012: ‘‘You could say I am living the dream.

‘‘My dream and passion has always been racing. I have always been amongst it working on other people’s gear ... so now it is time to have me own.

‘‘Any message [to New Zealand] would be is that you have to follow your dreams.’’

In October 2010, a Papakura pig hunter won a $28.7m Lotto Powerball prize

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