Lotto win prompts plan for proposal
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.