Golden Kiwi found at Fortrose
Decades old ticket foundBRIDGET RAILTON
A message in a bottle, a lost treasure and an impassioned plea for help.
It sounds like the start of a dramatic pirate tale but for one Gore man it has become a reality after he found a decades-old lottery ticket in a glass bottle washed up on a beach.
Simon Lieshout and wife Julie were staying at their holiday house near Fortrose three months ago when Mr Lieshout discovered something a little out of the ordinary along the shoreline - a small glass bottle with what appeared to be a note of some description lodged inside.
''It's like an old medicine bottle. I thought perhaps it was instructions on how to administer the injection or something,'' he said.
He took it back to the house, extracted the note and let it dry.
What he found instead was a Golden Kiwi ticket from a draw some time between 1961 and 1989.
''We find stuff all the time but this is definitely one of the more interesting finds,'' he said.
Mr Lieshout contacted the New Zealand Lotteries Commission to see if it could provide him with any information on the ticket, including whether or not it was a winner.
Unfortunately the commission only holds information on draws for seven years before destroying the records, he said.
Now, Mr Lieshout is on a mission to track down old newspapers from the 1960s and 70s which may have the draw results listed.
Golden Kiwi tickets were on sale in New Zealand from 1961 until 1989.
Tickets weren't dated, instead being identifiable by draw numbers.
Basing calculations on the likelihood of a draw taking place each week, Mr Lieshout estimates the ticket is from around 1967, he said.
''I'm only really guessing.''
The ticket itself has contact details for the owner printed on the back and he has been unable to track the owner down, he said.
As well as the contact details, there was also a handwritten message across the front of the ticket, saying ''How ever may find this note please help. I'm ten degrees south of where you are''.
''I think they were probably having a laugh though,'' he said.
For now the Lieshouts will keep the ticket on display down at their Fortrose holiday home.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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