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Lotto win blown in three months

MARC GEDDES
Last updated 09:30 21/12/2012
Empty pockets
Fairfax Media
BROKE AGAIN: Marc Geddes doesn't regret blowing his Lotto winnings in three moths.

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I had the experience of winning a mid-range sum in the lottery. It wasn't a huge amount but it probably gives an insight in to what big winners experience.

It was in August this year and I won a division two lotto prize of $34,434. I couldn't believe it and was up all night looking at the ticket.

Come Monday I caught the first flight out from Auckland to Wellington.  I went to the Lotteries Commission, filled out the green claim form and they gave me the cheque. I banked it and was immediately struck by the fact that interest of a few dollars had accumulated after just a few days.

Back in Auckland I booked the next flight out to Europe, and jetted off around the world hitting London, Paris and Scotland. It had always been my dream to go to Paris, so it was fantastic. I travelled around Europe for more than two months living like a king. It was wonderful, but I went nuts, and any sort of budget just went right out of the window. My journey ended in Edinburgh, Scotland, where some friends of mine held an 'end of the world party' on December 9.

I'd been spending like a drunken sailor, and like I said, any sort of budget just seemed to go out the window after I won. By Dec 9, I'd blown the lot, and I just now got back to Auckland, jetting home from London on Emirates' grand A380 Airbus.

I'm broke now, but of course if I won again, I'd do the whole thing over. I'd be on the next flight back to Europe via the A380 of Emirates, with more parties and travel.


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