Rob Neil's partner Ariana Hurunui alerted him to a $100,000 win on a whim.
When Neil's phone rang and an unknown number came up he wasn't going to answer.
But Hurunui told him to take the call, suggesting it might be someone on the line to say he had won Vodafone's Great Galaxy Goldrush promotion, celebrating the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5.
She was right.
Vodafone's Todd Harvie was on the line and Neil put the call on speaker phone and celebrated appropriately.
"A couple of fist pumps," welder Neil, a life-long Waitara resident said. "Cheesey smiles, a bit of yahooing."
The couple plan to pay off a chunk of their mortgage and buy a present for each of their three children with their prize.
Baylei, 11, is an "Apple girl" so will get a new iPhone 5S, Athyn, 8 is getting a motorbike and Taya, 6, wanted a horse.
"But we're going to take her to Disney on Ice," Hurunui said.
The couple are on a plan, paying the phone off in $129 instalments over 24 months.
They don't have a landline and use the unlimited texts and minutes to Australia and New Zealand to keep in touch with family and friends.
Anyone who bought a Samsung Galaxy S5 from a Vodafone store or online between April 11 and May 11 could enter the promotion.
They registered on the website and picked a spot on the map in one of Vodafone's 37 4G-coverage locations across New Zealand to enter the draw to win the gold.
Customers could enter on a daily basis for the length of the competition.
- Taranaki Daily News
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