New Zealand’s latest Lotto winner was unaware she had the winning ticket – saying she had “forgot all about” it.
The woman, who did not want to be named, bought her ticket earlier in the week and it slipped her memory.
“I buy tickets when I’m feeling lucky,” the woman said in a Lotto statement.
While walking on Sunday, the woman stopped at Auckland’s Richmond Road Superette to check her ticket. After scanning it twice she still was not sure what was going on.
“The words ‘Congratulations Division 1 Winner’ popped up – I was really surprised, but unsure of what it meant.”
She asked the Lotto operator to check it.
“She looked up and said, ‘you’ve won $10.3 million’ and we just kind of stared at each other for quite some time, not knowing what to do!
“I was so shocked, I needed to sit down, the lady and her manager brought me a chair. I suddenly felt really hot and started to remove the many layers I had needed earlier on my walk!”
After chatting with Lotto NZ’s winners’ team, the winner went and did her grocery shopping for the week while she thought of how to tell her family.
“I think the normality of wandering around the market really helped,” said the woman.
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