Couple's $4 million Lotto win 'a shocker'
A $4.5 million winning Lotto ticket sold at Countdown Blenheim has been claimed.
Lotto New Zealand corporate communications adviser Kirsten Robinson said the couple who won Saturday night's Powerball were from the Nelson area, but could not provide any further details.
Countdown Blenheim store manager Kaye Wood said the winners came in on Sunday to check their ticket.
"When they came in they thought they had only won $500,000 so when you add $4 million to that you can imagine they were pretty shocked when we validated it.
"It's really quite exciting."
An influx of people had come in to check their tickets over the weekend, hoping their ticket was the winning one, Wood said.
"While they are validating their tickets they are talking about who has won . . . it's been very busy. It's got the whole town buzzing."
Wood said she had a phone call from a staff member on Sunday saying they had sold the winning ticket. She has worked for Blenheim Countdown since 2001, and said their last big ticket winner was in 2008.
Robinson said another Lotto player, who won $500,000 with Lotto first division, was yet to come forward. That winning ticket was sold at Pak 'n Save Blenheim.
Pak 'n Save Blenheim co-owner Andrea Boock said there was a lot of talk around town of who the winner might be.
"It's great to see a small town have two first division wins".
Boock, who co-owns the supermarket with husband Mark Elkington, said it was Pak 'n Save Blenheim's first first division win.
"There is a lot of excitment around with it. We've had heaps of people coming in checking their tickets.
"There has been a hive of people at the Lotto counter today," she said.
Boock said she wanted to encourage people who had not yet checked their tickets to come in and do so.
"Come in and see if it's your ticket - wouldn't it just make your day?"
The big wins come a week after Powerball was struck by a Christchurch player, who quit his job after he won $14.3m with a ticket purchased in Ashburton.
A Blenheim family won $10.8m in April this year and a Kaikoura couple won the $8.6m Big Wednesday prize in February.
The Marlborough Express