Big win for Bonus Bond banker
When Nelson man Alan Jordan heard he had won $100,000 through Bonus Bonds, he couldn't believe his ears.
He had recently sold his home and was keeping some of the money in his Bonus Bonds account to boost his chances for a big win.
Bonus Bonds are a savings scheme run by ANZ Bank that pays out tax free cash prizes rather than interest.
Each $1 bond represents one chance to win, and each month the scheme pays out prizes ranging from $20 to $1 million.
"I didn't think it was real. It wasn't until the manager came around with a bottle of wine that I really got excited," said Mr Jordan, a mechanic who has had Bonus Bonds for 40 years.
The windfall came only a month after he had placed the money from his house into the Bonus Bonds account.
Mr Jordan made an offer on a holiday home by Lake Rotoiti this week and plans to buy a boat and a couple of canoes once he is settled.
"It's opened up so many options. I have lots of ideas about what to do with the money.
"At the moment I feel pretty good about keeping it in the Bonus Bonds account," he said.
"It's given me the freedom to do what I want to do without running out of money."
Since his big win, Mr Jordan has also won a further $1000 through his ANZ serious saver account.
"I'm feeling pretty lucky at the moment," he said.