Porirua East res­i­dent strikes it rich in Lotto

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‘‘Porirua [East] is not known for be­ing a wealthy area and this will make the win­ner’s life.’’ East­side Four Square & Lotto owner Di­pak Dubariya

Christ­mas came early for one Lotto player in Porirua East on De­cem­ber 16.

East­side Four Square & Lotto owner Di­pak Dubariya sold a win­ning Lotto Powerball ticket for the draw that night, net­ting one per­son an amaz­ing $15 mil­lion.

Dubariya, who bought the store nine months ago, said the tick­etholder was bound to be a lo­cal per­son be­cause all his cus­tomers were from the Porirua East area. He said there was a buzz in the store the fol­low­ing morn­ing and it was great news for the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Peo­ple are smil­ing and talk­ing about the win,’’ he said. ‘‘Porirua [East] is not known for be­ing a wealthy area and this will make the win­ner’s life.’’

The Kapi-Mana News Face­book page lit up with the news. One per­son hoped it was ‘‘a grand­mother with six kids, 20 grand­kids and a heart of gold’’ who won the big prize.

As well as win­ning the first Wed­nes­day Powerball jack­pot and pock­et­ing $15m, the lucky punter also won an­other $250,000 from Lotto First Di­vi­sion.

It is the 12th time this year the Powerball jack­pot has been won, con­tin­u­ing the win­ning streak that has made 2015 the luck­i­est year in the history of Powerball.

The other two first di­vi­sion win­ners on De­cem­ber 16 were sold in Whangarei and Hamil­ton.

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