$22m winning Lotto ticket sold in Chch
A Christchurch Lotto buyer has nabbed $22 million, but the ticket has not yet been claimed.
The lucky winner took out the top prize in last night's Big Wednesday lotto draw, netting a cool $22,569,174.
The ticket was purchased from Pak'nSave Riccarton, but was still to be claimed.
It was the third-largest Big Wednesday jackpot won so far, behind a $37m prize won by Masterton sisters Fiona and Siobhan in 2009 - the largest single prize ever collected - and the $27m claimed by a Tauranga man last year.
Only eight prizes of more than $20m had ever been won in Lotto's history.
Pak'nSave Riccarton Lotto manager Lesley Berry said the staff were very excited by Wednesday's win, which gave the store its 31st first division winner.
''I got rung up at 9.30pm last night; I didn't sleep much, a lot of tossing and turning,'' she said.
She hoped the winner came from Christchurch, saying it would give the city a bit of a lift ''given everything we've been through''.
Christchurch Lotto gamblers will be crossing their fingers for another big win in the city on Saturday, when a $32m jackpot will be up for grabs.
The weekend's game was a ''must-be-won'' draw, meaning if there were no Powerball first division winners, the jackpot would be shared evenly amongst the winners of the next highest division.
The last must-be-won Powerball draw was in April 2011, which saw two players share the $35m prize.
Berry said the Riccarton store had been ''extremely busy'' in the lead-up to the draw.
''It's all staff on at the moment.''
New Zealand Lotteries spokeswoman Emilia Mazur said the full impact of Saturday's game would not be known until the weekend, as most players usually bought tickets on the day of the draw.
However, the first few days of sales this week was double that seen during a low jackpot week, such as a Powerball prize of about $4m, she said.
Susan Tupe of South City Lotto and Post said the central city outlet had been prepared up for a busy week, with the day of the $32m draw expected to be the busiest.
''I think it's going to be huge. We're pumping already,'' she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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