Couple claim $9 million Powerball prize

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A Hamilton couple spent their Sunday grinning at each other, after finding out they were New Zealand’s newest Powerball multi-millionaires.

The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, scored themselves the life-changing $9 million jackpot on Saturday, after picking up their regular Triple Dip from their local store, Four Square Matangi.

“We were out doing some shopping on Saturday and my partner popped into the shop to buy our ticket. While I waited in the car, I remember wondering how many winning tickets that store had sold,” says the woman.

Later that night, she was reading the news online and saw an article saying Powerball had been won, with the winning ticket sold at their local store.

“I just brushed it off and thought ‘nah, it can’t possibly be us.’

“I didn’t even bother telling my partner, who was down in his man cave,” she says

The next morning, with the news article playing on her mind, she mentioned it to her partner – who was also unconvinced that they could be the lucky winners.

“I got the iPad and checked the ticket anyway, but I misread it and thought the Bonus Ball was the Powerball number, so it took a few seconds before I realised I was actually holding the winning ticket!”

The man called over his partner and told her the news.

“I said a few choice words – I was certain he was having me on, but when I checked over his shoulder, the winning line might as well have jumped off the ticket!” she says.

“We were in shock,” says the man. “We didn’t know what to do so we decided to go for a coffee at our local café.

“It was bizarre being out in public knowing we were the winners, I kept thinking everyone looking at us knew,” he laughs.

After their coffee, the pair went home to figure out how best to claim their newfound fortune.

“Once we knew we were going up to Auckland to claim our prize in person, we relaxed a little and tried to get on with our day.

“Every time we passed each other in the house, we just kept grinning,” says the woman.

With their win safely claimed, the couple are looking forward to their future.

“We are sensible people – you won’t see me driving around in a Lamborghini next week,” jokes the man, “but we are very much looking forward to buying our first home and setting ourselves up for the future.”

This is the seventh time Powerball First Division has been struck in 2022.  The $9 million Powerball prize is made up of $8 million from Powerball First Division and $1 million from Lotto First Division.

Powerball wins in 2022

Date

Prize

Store

Location

1 

29 January 

$21 million 

MyLotto 

Auckland

2 

12 February 

$8.5 million 

MyLotto 

Wellington 

3 

26 March 

$28.1 million 

Meg Star 

Auckland 

4 

9 April  

$8.5 million 

MyLotto 

Auckland 

5 

30 April 

$13 million 

MyLotto 

Auckland 

6 

7 May 

$5.3 million 

Countdown Vogeltown 

New Plymouth

7

21 May

$9 million

Four Square Matangi

Hamilton




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