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02:16, Jun 02 2014

Not too many people can say they're happy to lose a bet, but Cam Luxton is ecstatic.

The 19-year-old, last night named the Southland Times Newslink NZ Gold Guitar Awards senior overall winner, lost a bet with a fellow finalist after backing another competitor to take out the award.

''I was quite surprised,'' Luxton said.

''I had my money bet on someone else, so I'm down a hundred bucks.''

Despite the hit to his wallet, the electrician apprentice was ''ecstatic'' to be named the overall winner.

The title also comes with $3500 prize money, which Luxton said he planned to ''save, save, save'' - after paying up on his bet, of course.

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It might be a case of deja vu for the performer, as he was named the junior overall winner in 2006.

However, this time around, Luxton acknowledged the competition was a little tougher.

''There's so many amazing artists.

''The talent is just so much richer - the competition this year was so hard."

The teenager won over the finals night crowd with his easy mix of music and comedy, something which perhaps is a family speciality - Luxton is the stepson of Topp Twins performer Lynda Topp.

The Topp Twins were on hand to support Luxton - who today faces an eight hour journey back to his home in mid Canterbury - as he competed across the weekend.

Meanwhile, overall runner up Lesley Nia Nia, of Gisborne, almost managed a clean sweep, winning five of the six sections she was a finalist in.

NZ Gold Guitars Senior Results:

Senior overall winner: Cam Luxton;
Senior overall runner up: Lesley Nia Nia
Female vocal solo: Jenny Harraway
Male vocal solo: Cam Luxton
NZ composition: Lesley Nia NiaDuet: Gina & Lesley
Open Yodelling: Ocean Waitokia
Traditional: Krista Thomson
Open group: 4 Bestest;
Vocal group: Sharon, Gine & Lesley
Highest scoring Gore Country Music Club member: La De Dah

The Southland Times