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Kiwi man loses spot in queue, wins $1 million in Lotto

Fri, Sep 30, 9:18am by Jonathan Zaun

When a Tauranga, New Zealand man watched another person cut in front of the lotto queue, he had two choices: make a fuss or let the slight pass.

He decided to live and let live, and he’s lucky he did, as the Lotto New Zealand ticket he wound up purchasing from the Pak N Save Papamoa turned out to be the NZ$1 million jackpot winner in the September 21st draw.

The man has elected to conceal his identity for now, but in a prepared statement released by Lotto New Zealand, the anonymous winner credited karma on his side for the fortuitous turn of events:

“I was waiting in line at the Lotto shop and another customer nipped in front of me. I wasn’t in any hurry, so I just let them go ahead and didn’t say anything. I guess good karma pays off – if that hadn’t happened, they might have had the winning ticket not me.”

But even as the queue-cutting angle has generated mainstream media headlines, Lotto New Zealand spokesperson Kirsten Robinson has stated that the incident played no part in determining who purchased the lucky ticket. According to Robinson, the numbers on any individual ticket are generated randomly upon purchase, while the subsequent drawing for numbers is also completely randomised.

Per the winner’s recollection of events, as told to the New Zealand Herald, he couldn’t quite believe his good fortune upon discovering that he held the jackpot ticket:

“I had a bit of time before work, so jumped online and checked the numbers on MyLotto – it didn’t take long for me to realise that I had all the numbers.

“My mind went blank and I wasn’t thinking properly, so I just put the ticket away and went to work as usual.”

The winner then decided to have a bit of fun with his wife, who recalled how she heard the good news:

“He didn’t tell me about it until he got home that evening when he casually dropped it into conversation. Then both our heads were in a whirl.”

As for the winner himself, he plans to move his family into a new home with part of the NZ$1 million jackpot:

“The win has made it possible for us to buy a home of our own – we’re so excited!”

“We’re not too sure what else we’ll do just yet. But whatever we end up deciding, we know the win will make a massive difference to our family – we’re just absolutely thrilled.”

The first division prize for Lotto New Zealand is always NZ$1 million or higher, while the contest’s other prize tiers offer smaller portions to partial winners. Drawings are held nightly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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