Nelson man wins big in Lotto

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 14:30 07/05/2012

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Three South Island grandparents plan to help their respective families after hitting the jackpot in a Lotto draw.

A 70-year-old retiree from Nelson won $500,000 in the April 28 draw.

Eric, as he wants to be known, said he had a lot to celebrate this year, and now the celebrations could be even bigger.

"It's my wife's 70th in August, our 50th wedding anniversary in September and our son's getting married in November, so this couldn't have happened at a better time."

Eric bought flowers and chocolates for the staff at the Richmond Pak 'n Save to say thank you as they were always "nice".

He said everyone had been happy for him.

An elderly couple from the Caitlins were "delighted" after winning $5.3 million from Powerball and Lotto first division in the same draw.

The 83-year-old man and his 78-year-old wife, who want to remain anonymous, bought their ticket at the Balclutha New World.

The woman said the timing was fortuitous.

"I have been working part-time but recently decided to retire. On the way to my last day of work, I stopped in the supermarket to check my ticket and found out that we'd won."

The retired couple, who have seven children, several grandchildren and some great-grandchildren, said the winnings would go a long way.

"We're absolutely delighted. The money will be shared around the family. I think the children are more excited than we are," the woman said.

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