An Auckland couple won $1 million on Wednesday night (file photo).
A young couple from Auckland’s North Shore say they “couldn’t stop laughing” after they claimed $1 million in Lotto First Division.
The couple, who want to remain anonymous, burst into laughter when they saw all the zeros at the top of their MyLotto ticket after Wednesday’s draw.
The man “just decided” to buy a ticket on Monday after he took his phone out of his pocket and the app was open.
“Only a $12 Power Dip though – I get told off if I spend more than that,” he said.
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The couple were getting ready for bed after a busy day at work when he decided to check their ticket.
“I’m quite impatient – I don’t wait to see the numbers circle, I click straight through to see if I’ve won – that’s when I saw ‘winning ticket’ and a whole heap of numbers at the top. I was gobsmacked.”
To make sure he was not seeing things, he went into their bedroom to show his wife.
“He came through and he was white as a sheet. He showed me his phone saying, ‘I think we’ve won Lotto,’” the woman said.
“Of course, I just thought he was joking around and said, ‘are you punking me?!
“After I realised it wasn’t a joke, I couldn’t stop laughing – every time I thought about it, I just laughed,” she said.
The pair got into bed after filling in the online prize claim form.
“We didn’t get much sleep, we just kept talking about all the amazing things we could do with the money,” he said.
The couple plans to celebrate with a bottle of champagne and more conversations about their future.
“We aren’t going to go crazy – we’ll leave it in the bank until our hearts, heads and feet are on the ground and we’ve got a good plan in place,” she said.
“This win helps us to build a legacy for our children, it really takes the pressure off and gives us so many opportunities that we didn’t have before,” he said.
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