Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Taranaki Woman’s $400,000 Handbag Surprise

Taranaki Woman’s $400,000 Handbag Surprise

A Taranaki woman is ending 2010 on a huge high, after checking an old Lotto ticket lying in the bottom of her handbag and finding she had won $400,521.

The Lotto First Division prize had been won ten weeks ago, on the 15 October 2010 draw, however the woman did not realise that she was a big winner.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the ticket had been buried in the bottom of her bag for weeks, and she had even come close to chucking it out as she did not think it could actually be a winner.

It was only because her daughter asked her to check a couple of scratchies on a visit to town that she then thought to dig the old ticket out of her handbag.

The woman then got the fright of her life when she was told she was the missing Hawera Lotto winner. “I was just blown away, I was just so shocked that I did not know what to think. It is hard to believe that I was carrying around $400,000 for all these weeks without knowing it!” she said.

The winning ticket was sold from @Your Office and Lotto in Hawera. Store owner Kim says they are very happy that their unclaimed prize has finally been reunited with its owner. “It’s great that it was won by a local – what a great late Christmas present for them,” Kim said.
The Taranaki woman plans to use some of her winnings to pay off a mortgage. “Plus we will have the best New Year’s celebration ever – some extra special champagne will be top of my shopping list,” she said.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

Up to three percent of NZ Lotteries' prizes are unclaimed in an average year. The unclaimed prizes are transferred to the prize reserve fund where they are used to fund jackpots and promotional prizes. The largest unclaimed Lotto prize in recent years was a $1 million Lotto promotional prize sold at Tairua Stationers in the Coromandel that was bought as part of the Lotto Holiday promotion drawn on Saturday 29 December 2007. The prize expired one year later.

NZ Lotteries’ current largest unclaimed prize is a huge $4.8 million Big Wednesday luxury prize package, that was won on 17 November. The Big Wednesdasy ticket was sold at Crandall Peters Paper Plus in Manukau.

This weekend sees the drawing of Lotto’s 2010 Holiday promotion, with 200 extra prizes to be won, including two top prizes of $1 million. Triple Dips purchased during the three week promotional period receive a voucher entry into this special draw – for terms and conditions see www.mylotto.co.nz.

ends

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Joining AUKUS Pillar Two


The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:
...We've been gratified by how many countries want to join with us to work with cutting-edge technologies like in the cyber arena, hypersonics, you can go down a long list and it's great to hear that New Zealand is interested...
More


 
 


Government: Retiring Chief Of Navy Thanked For His Service

Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia... More


Labour: Grant Robertson To Retire From Parliament
Labour List MP and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson will retire from Parliament next month, and later in the year take up the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.