Three siblings who bought a Lotto ticket in Hokitika have come forward to claim $500,000.
The winning first-division prize had been unclaimed since the January 12 draw.
The siblings started their syndicate a couple of years ago and buy a $6 Lotto ticket each week, using their own lucky numbers.
One sister, who is based in the Hokitika region, bought the ticket and checked the numbers on the Sunday.
"We are all still working, but retirement doesn't seem that far off, so we decided to have a go each week at winning the big one. After all, it can happen to anybody," she said.
She got "a big shock" when their numbers came up.
"I read the numbers in the paper and thought they looked very familiar," she said.
"I thought, 'Can this be real?' "
She got on the phone to share the good news with her two siblings.
"I said to them, 'I've got some news and it's good news'. There were still a few 'Oh my Gods' in response."
The three winners decided to wait until they could travel to Wellington to claim their prize in person.
They plan to use their share of the winnings to save for retirement, complete home renovations and take overseas holidays.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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