Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Forget lunch – I’ve just won $9 million!

Media Release 28 November 2014

‘Forget lunch – I’ve just won $9 million!’

A quick visit to the dairy became a life changing moment for an Auckland man who checked his Big Wednesday ticket while picking up lunch on his way to work – only to discover he’d just won more than $9 million.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, couldn’t believe his eyes when ‘First Division winner’ flashed up as he scanned his BigWednesday ticket.

“I just stood in front of the ticket-checker, blinking,” explained the winner. “Then I scanned my other ticket and it said ‘Second Division winner’.

“I thought it must have been a mistake, so handed my tickets to the Lotto assistant and said ‘you’d better check these for me.’”

It wasn’t until the retailer stepped out from behind the counter to shake the winner’s hand that he began to realise just how lucky he had become.

“As soon as he put the ticket through the machine he couldn’t stop smiling – then when he shook my hand and gave me a piece of paper showing how much I’d won.

“I was absolutely stunned – I then completely forgot to grab something for lunch.”

While the regular Big Wednesday player often dreamed about winning, he never imagined his dream would one day become a reality.

“I always hoped I’d win in a ‘wish-upon-a-star’ kind of way. Then today that star turned into a meteorite and hit me in the back of the head,” the winner laughed.

The winner already has a few ideas about how to spend some of his winnings.

“I’m looking forward to buying a new car and a home of my own – and who knows what else?

“But whatever I do, I’ll definitely keep working – I love my job and think I’d go a bit stir crazy if I retired right now. It’s just going to make life so much easier.”

The winner won $9 million with Big Wednesday First Division and $87,689 with Big Wednesday Second Division. This is the 11th largest BigWednesday prize ever won.

The winning tickets were sold at Pt Chevalier Lotto Plus in Auckland.

The win comes just days after a Hamilton player won $16.2 million with Powerball First Division on a ticket purchased at Countdown Hamilton (on the corner of Liverpool and Anglesea Streets).

Lotto New Zealand is still waiting for the Powerball winner to claim their prize, which is the 11th largest Powerball prize ever won and the largest prize ever to be won in Hamilton.

Anyone who purchased their ticket from Countdown Hamilton is encouraged to write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at or through Lotto NZ’s ticket-checker app.

Players can phone Lotto on 0800 695 6886 if they want to enquire about the best way to claim a prize.


The $9 million Big Wednesday win is the 12th major prize won so far this year and the fourth time the Big Wednesday jackpot has been struck in 2014.

2014 Big Wednesday First Division wins

Big Wednesday$8.6 millionKaikouraCelebrated with lunch at McDonald’s
AprilBig Wednesday$7 millionTakakaSplashed out on a family holiday to Europe flying business class
Big Wednesday$20.2 millionPukekoheBought winning ticket while waiting for his wife to finish the grocery shopping – and checked it a week later while she was doing the same thing
NovemberBig Wednesday$9 millionAucklandFound out he’d become a multi-millionaire while picking up lunch on his way to work


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>

Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>

Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland