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Lotto Tickets Could Be Winning Wheel Winners

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22 January 2005

HAMILTON, HASTINGS, LOWER HUTT, LYNFIELD AND MARTON LOTTO TICKETS COULD BE WINNING WHEEL WINNERS AND DUNEDIN WINNING STREAK CONTINUES.

Five Lotto players are literally holding a ticket to Wellington after Saturday night's Winning Wheel bonus draw, a Dunedin couple are celebrating a $250,000 start to the New Year and a Dunedin ticket scooped the Strike Jackpot worth $672,532, New Zealand Lotteries Commission Chief Executive Trevor Hall announced tonight.

The New Year just keeps getting better for the Holgates from Ocean View on the Otago coast near Dunedin. Penny Holgate's ticket was drawn on New Years Day. Three weeks later she and her husband are celebrating winning the $250,000 'pick your own prize' on the Winning Wheel.

"This is something we will never forget," said Murray Holgate who spun on behalf of his wife. "The people, the experience, it's been like a family celebration."

"I just want to say to the people with tickets – get them checked. This has been the most wonderful experience," said Penny Holgate.

Mr Hall says that since the Winning Wheel started on Saturday's live Lotto draw in August last year, 25 Lotto players from all over New Zealand have claimed their prize and spun and won. The biggest winner walked away with a $500,000 house and land package.

"We want to make sure all our winners come forward and claim their chance to win big on Winning Wheel," says Mr Hall.

Winners – who come to the Capital with a support person and get to stay at the luxury Duxton Hotel, have exhibition passes to Te Papa, a shopping trip with a stylist to choose clothes for their TV appearance and a meal with a Lotto Presenter - have said the trip to Wellington to spin the Winning Wheel has become a once-in-a-lifetime memory.

"Winning tickets are identified by the serial number which is located at the bottom right-hand corner of every Lotto ticket," says Mr Hall.

"Players can check their ticket by going to any Lotto store and running their ticket through a terminal, or by logging on to NZLC's website www.nzlotteries.co.nz and checking their ticket against the winning serial numbers.

It was a North Island sweep of Lotto's bonus Winning Wheel draw. Of note was the fourth Hastings bought Winning Wheel serial number to be drawn. However, only one has been claimed so far. That winner, Dennis Rawson, won a Greek Cruise and $10,000 spending money.

Dunedin's recent winning streak continued with the $672,532 Strike Jackpot going to a single ticket bought at Caversham Foodmarket in South Dunedin. Last week a Dunedin ticket took a third share of the First Division Jackpot and a man won $100,000 on an Instant Kiwi Crossword six weeks after winning $50,000 on an Instant Kiwi Crossword.

Powerball was not struck and will jackpot to an estimated $5 million next week.

The winning serial numbers for draw 919, Saturday 22 January 2005 are:


Store Town Serial Number
Hamilton East Stationery & Lotto Hamilton 777-47774211-20XX
Denton Wyatt Bookshop Hastings 781-45408031-20XX
Golden Nugget Lotto Shop Lower Hutt 777-65076225-20XX
Countdown Lynfield Lynfield, Auckland 781-11144706-20XX
Haymans Paper Plus Marton 781-54057742-20XX

There are eight Winning Wheel winners from the last 6 months who have yet to come forward and go on the draw to spin and win up to $1 million. Their tickets will expire 12 months from the date they were drawn.

Winning Wheel ticket serial numbers still to be claimed from previous draws:

Store Town Draw Date Serial Number
Raureka Lotto & Superette Hastings 21 Aug 04 626-27422219-20XX
Schofields Paper Power Papatoetoe 04 Sep 04 638-38157825-20XX
Unichem Waiheke Pharmacy Waiheke Island 02 Oct 04 667-17237250-20XX
Hastings City New World Hastings 13 Nov 04 711-18459436-20XX
Waterloo Lotto & Gift Shop Lower Hutt 04 Dec 04 732-08497448-20XX
Elles Road New World Invercargill 22 Dec 04 750-65182988-20XX
525 Mags & Cards Tauranga 25 Dec 04 752-03124252-20XX
Botany Downs Pak n Save Manukau City 08 Jan 05 767-22675986-20XX

ENDS

About NZ Lotteries:

NZ Lotteries (New Zealand Lotteries Commission) was established in 1987 and operates in the New Zealand market as a crown entity under the Gambling Act 2003. Its purpose is to provide safe gaming that allows New Zealanders to play and win and contribute money back to New Zealand communities. For more information: www.nzlotteries.co.nz


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