Old Lotto ticket lands Napier man $300,000

The Dominion Post - - News - AN­DRE CHUMKO

A man from Napier is $300,000 richer, thanks to a nearly three­month-old Lotto ticket.

The win­ner bought the Strike ticket from Taradale Four Square ahead of the Lotto draw on Septem­ber 20 but only just found out how much it was worth af­ter he found left it in his truck – less than three weeks out from Christ­mas.

‘‘Ev­ery now and then, I do a big cleanout of my truck,’’ he said.

‘‘This time, I found a few Lotto tick­ets tucked away in the cen­tre com­part­ment.

‘‘I didn’t think any­thing of it at the time be­cause I of­ten pop tick­ets in there and for­get about them.

‘‘I can’t even re­mem­ber where I bought each ticket.’’

The win­ner headed into his lo­cal Lotto store this week and was sur­prised to find he had been sit­ting on a win.

‘‘I was check­ing the bunch of old tick­ets at the self-scan­ner and saw one of the mes­sages showed: ‘Congratulations – First Di­vi­sion win’.

‘‘The funny thing is that I must have been in doubt be­cause I just car­ried on check­ing the rest of the tick­ets.

‘‘Then I checked it again, and I must have checked it four more times be­fore I fi­nally went to the counter.

‘‘I handed over a cou­ple of small­win tick­ets first and then said to the re­tailer: ‘This one says it’s a First Di­vi­sion win – is that a good thing?’

‘‘When I found out I’d won $300,000, I was in shock. It still hasn’t sunk in, al­though I can say it’s been great tim­ing,’’ he added. ‘‘This win has pro­vided real peace of mind.’’

He was still de­cid­ing how he would spend his win­nings.

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