Taranaki pair win $200,000

South Taranaki Star - - PROPERTY -

A Taranaki cou­ple’s spur-of-the­mo­ment de­ci­sion to buy a Lotto ticket paid off - to the tune of $200,000.

The win­ners, who live in Strat­ford, won Lotto First Divi­sion in last Wed­nes­day’s live Lotto draw, shar­ing the jack­pot with four other win­ners from Waihi, Lower Hutt, Master­ton and Auck­land.

The win­ning ticket was bought on­line through MyLotto.

‘‘I can’t even re­mem­ber what I was do­ing now,’’ said the win­ner, who has asked to re­main anony­mous.

‘‘But for some rea­son, on Wed­nes­day night, not long be­fore the draw closed, I hopped on­line and bought a ticket. I re­mem­ber think­ing ‘why not?’.’’

When she checked on­line later that night she was shocked to see a whole row of Lotto num­bers cir­cled.

‘‘I called my hus­band to come into the room and said ‘Oh my God, we’ve just won Lotto!’

‘‘He took a few steps back and just couldn’t be­lieve it. Even the next day he was think­ing some­one would call us up and say it was a joke.’’

The cou­ple are still get­ting their heads around their win but have been quick putting their win­ning plans into ac­tion.

‘‘We’ve al­ready been to the bank to pay off our mort­gage. Other than that, we can fi­nally think about the South Is­land trip we’ve al­ways wanted to do.’’

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