‘I wasn’t in a rush’: The incredible reason Lotto winner didn’t claim their $17million prize for several days
- Lotto winner has admitted they weren’t in a rush to claim their $17.1million prize
- The lucky punter bought their ticket in New Zealand’s December 28 draw
- The winner admitted they are still in ‘shock’ over the life-changing sum of money
A Lotto winner has admitted they weren’t in a rush to claim their $17.1million prize.
The lucky punter became New Zealand’s latest millionaire after purchasing their winning ticket in the December 28 draw.
The winner on Wednesday said they spent the last three weeks coming to terms with the life-changing prize, the New Zealand Herald reported.
‘I wasn’t in a rush to claim the prize – and I needed some time to process things. It’s all been very surreal,’ they said.
A Lotto winner has admitted they weren’t in a rush to claim their $17.1million prize
The unidentified millionaire said they ‘couldn’t believe it’ when they checked their ticket and realised they had the winning numbers.
‘I had to re-check the ticket multiple times before I was convinced that I had won – and even then I kept going back and looking at the ticket to make sure I had got it right,’ the winner said.
They admitted they are still in ‘shock’ over the life-changing sum of money.
The cash will be spent helping close family members pay off their mortgages, as well as jetting off overseas. Some will also be given to charities.
‘I’ve travelled a little, but never thought I would ever have the chance to travel more. I have so many options now, and life will be so much easier,’ the winner said.
The victorious ticket was purchased at the Market Store in Twizel, in the Canterbury Region of South Island.
The lucky punter became New Zealand’s latest millionaire after purchasing their winning ticket in the December 28 draw
On January 7, Marie Winfield, Lotto NZ Head of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility said the $17.1million remained unclaimed.
‘Most Powerball winners claim their prize within a few days of winning – but occasionally we have these big wins go unclaimed for a while,’ Ms Winfield said.
In August 2019 a $12.2million Powerball prize went unclaimed for over two weeks and in 2017, a Gisborne couple took two weeks to claim their $6.5million Powerball win.