Five New Lotto Millionaires In Five Weeks
18 September, 2001
Lotto has created five new millionaires in the last five weeks – two of them multimillionaires.
The million dollar run began with the making of the Lotto Birthday Millionaire on Saturday, 18 August when Auckland man Pat Reddington became a millionaire live on national television.
Just one week later, a lucky Lotto player won the Lotto Division One prize of $1,301,183 after choosing their own Lotto numbers.
September began in spectacular style for two players who shared the Powerball Division One prize and each won just over $3.5 million. The lucky players picked up their prize in the ninth week of Powerball which can jackpot for a maximum of ten weeks.
Lotto’s newest millionaire was made last Saturday (15 September) when a Palmerston North player won the Lotto Division One prize of $1,304,417 with a $5 Lucky Dip ticket.
Lotteries Commission general manager marketing Vanessa Ellis says Lotto and Powerball have created 26 millionaires over the last 18 months.
“Lotto is all about making dreams come true and the last five weeks have shown that people’s million dollar dreams do happen,” she says.
“Over the last 14 years, Lotto, Lotto Strike and Powerball have created 190 millionaires. These millionaires come from all walks of life and from all around the country – the one thing they all have in common is that their million dollar Lotto dream has come true.”
LOTTO – BIGGEST PRIZES SOLD
$ Prize Date Sold by
$8.2 million June 01 Shell Kensington,
$4 Million Oct 92 Whitcoulls,
$4 Million June 93 Broadway Paper Plus, Northland
$4 Million Oct 93 Tods-Snacks & Flowers, Auckland
$3.5 million (2) Sept 01 Braggers Lotto,
(Powerball) Roskill South Hammer Hardware, Auckland
$3 Million Sept 95 Hibiscus Stationery & Lotto,
$3 Million June 95 Dinsdale Stationery, Hamilton
$2.5 Million June 96 Caltex Papatoetoe,
$2.5 Million July 96 Brokenshire Paper World, Thames
$2.3 Million April 01 Waiuku Paper Plus,
$2.3 Million April 01 BP Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington
$2.2 Million August 88 Murupara Four Square, Murupara
$2 Million June 89 Welcome Bay Video & Lotto,
$2 Million May 92 BP Mangere, Auckland
$2 Million May 92 Oamaru New World, Oamaru
$2 Million June 94 Hinemoa Hammer Hardware, Rotorua
$2 Million June 94 Foodtown Greenlane, Auckland
$2 Million October 94 Bay Village Grocers, Auckland
$2 Million October 94 London Bookshops, Upper Hutt, Wgtn
$2 Million August 99 Te Puke Lotto, Te Puke
$2 Million August 99 Henderson Pak N Save, Auckland
*Note to subs. The prizes above have been rounded to the nearest $100,000.