Lotto win prompts plan for pro­posal

Sunday News - - FRONT PAGE - JAC­QUES STEENKAMP

ONE lucky lady’s life is go­ing to be changed for­ever on Christ­mas Day, and it might even be you.

This fol­lows her part­ner’s $1 mil­lion Lotto first divi­sion win last Satur­day; he now planned to get on one knee, pop the ques­tion and re­veal their newly minted for­tune.

The Auck­lan­der, who wanted to re­main anony­mous, was one of 44 Ki­wis who be­came overnight mil­lion­aires with Lotto NZ this year. He said he was watch­ing Net­flix while his part­ner was asleep in the bed­room when he checked his ticket and found out he had won.

‘‘I just sat on the couch pro­cess­ing ev­ery­thing. I had so many thoughts rush­ing through my mind,’’ he said.

He con­trolled his urge to run to the bed­room and wake up his part­ner. In­stead, he started plan­ning how best to sur­prise her with the news.

‘‘I’ve been plan­ning to pro­pose to my part­ner for a while, so this win could not have come at a bet­ter time.’’

The man had since or­dered the en­gage­ment ring.

He ad­mit­ted it had been killing him to keep this big se­cret from her, but he did be­lieve it was go­ing to be worth the wait. ‘‘I can’t wait to see her re­ac­tion ... It’s go­ing to be a Christ­mas to re­mem­ber, that’s for sure.’’

This has been the ‘‘sec­ond­luck­i­est’’ year in Lotto NZ his­tory, while last year was the ‘‘luck­i­est’’ year on record, with 52 Ki­wis be­com­ing mil­lion­aires – in­clud­ing 19 Power­ball win­ners.

Lotto NZ spokes­woman Kirsten Robin­son said there were still six draws left for the year. ‘‘Who knows; there may be a few more mil­lion­aires added to the list,’’ she said.

A young man from Cen­tral Otago won the big­gest Power­ball prize of $22.3 mil­lion for 2018 in Au­gust. How­ever, most of this year’s Lotto mil­lion­aires, 16 of the 44, were from Auck­land.

Since Jan­uary the stats are: 76 per cent of win­ners scooped the big one with a dip; two lucky Lotto play­er­swon a $1m with a bonus ticket; 58 per cent of win­ners said they would keep work­ing af­ter their win.

A Lotto win­ner is plan­ning a sur­prise pro­posal.

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