Trevor learns $26m can't buy you love, only 22,000 Facebook friends

Last updated 05:00 07/05/2012

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He has had 22,000 friend requests on Facebook, but Trevor, the $26 million Lotto winner from Te Kauwhata, is finding that money cannot buy you love.

One month after his win, Trevor has discovered that he is missing his job – and that winning Lotto is less exciting than speedway racing.

But the money has helped him buy two new vehicles – a black Holden ute and a Dodge ram pickup truck – and a new $160,000 Searay Sundancer boat.

It will also give him the chance of fulfilling a dream of racing sprint cars at the speedway, including travelling to the United States to race.

In an article in this week's New Zealand Women's Weekly, Trevor said he had ticked seven items off his list of Lotto-win must-haves, including buying three family properties so he, his sister, and his parents could all live close together on the outskirts of Auckland.

He had also told his mother, Shirley, that she will never have to work again.

His dad, Kevin, a marine project manager, had chosen to stay working, the article said.

Trevor said he was missing his job.

He did not return to his job at the Huntly Countdown Supermarket two days after his win, as he had promised in a television interview, because he had a call from a workmate to say media were waiting outside.

Trevor, who was working as a checkout operator as part of his management training, said the people in the store were like "family".

He said there had been downsides to the win, including unwanted requests for money.

He had decided to help people who had helped him and had set up a charitable trust so he could distribute donations. His mother said he had grown up a lot in the past four weeks and learnt to deal with the attention, including 22,000 requests on Facebook to be his friend.

Trevor said he was enjoying the extra female attention and there was someone "special" who was a friend at the moment.

However, the Lotto ticket wasn't the most exciting thing that had happened to him in his life – racing at the speedway would always beat that.

"The money doesn't buy happiness and it doesn't buy love either – it helps but it doesn't buy it. I still go home. I still go to bed and I still get up in the morning and I'm still on my own," he said.

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