‘Honey, no - we’ve won $18 million’
A young Central Otago couple, expecting their first child, have won Lotto’s $18 millon powerball.
The married couple, who wish to remain anonymous, received an email on Sunday from Lotto saying they had won a prize.
‘‘So I logged into MyLotto account and saw the prize and thought ‘oh yeah, cool,’’ the man said.
It wasn’t until he filled out the prize claim form and went to show his wife that he found out how much they had actually won.
‘‘A bunch of our friends and family were around and I was pretty chuffed so I strolled into the lounge and told everyone we’d just won $18,000 with Lotto.
‘‘Everyone was excited, but then my wife had a proper look at it and she said ‘ah honey, no – we’ve won $18 million.’’
He said finding out he’d won the $18m was ‘‘pretty unreal’’.
‘‘Everyone thought we were pulling their legs and we’d set up an elaborate prank.‘‘
The couple, who are pregnant with their first baby, said they will now pay off their mortgage, help out family and friends and give some money to charity.
‘‘We’re trying to keep level headed about it and not go crazy.’’
The cafe, post shop and Four Square in Omakau, Central Otago.