Christmas has come early for a Hawera man who has won $250,000.
The man, who does not want to be identified, won the quarter of a million dollars on a Instant Kiwi scratchie.
"I just can't believe it. It's still sinking in.
"I'll be able to pay off my mortgage. It's going to be a very merry Christmas," he said.
The ticket was a $10 20x Money Multiplier and was sold at Loveridge's Lotto on High St in Hawera.
The man bought the ticket on December 14 and only took it in to be checked this morning.
"I'd had it for a week and hadn't scratched it. I had all of this money and didn't even know," he said.
The prize money will take five working days to clear in his bank account and he was expecting to see the $250,000 early next year.
"That will give us time to process this. I'm still in shock."
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