18th of December 2011 Author: Ava Jackuard
NZ$8.1 million won on Powerball and ten first division prizes!
This weekend in Nelson, New Zealand, Lady Luck visited a yet unidentified family, which has won $8.1 million in a combination of Powerball and ten division one prizes. Nothing could dampen their spirits when they received the news of their Powerball prize of NZ$ 6 million plus $214,286 for each of the 10 division one prizes.
Though the winning family kept a low profile, a convenience store owner David Smolenski, the seller of the lucky tickets, told the press that the winning family were regular lotto players at his store, and that they had bought 10 tickets with their usual numbers, along with the 10 Powerball numbers on each ticket. He also said the winners were hugely excited but scared as well by the huge win.
"You couldn't ask for a better Christmas, could you? I mean the weekend before Christmas, you get $8 million - I don't know what gets better than that,'' Smolenski said.
At the same time, Lotto spokeswoman Karen Jones said she had spoken to some very excited winners this morning: "They found out they had won whilst watching the live Lotto draw. They recognised their numbers and then became very excited whilst they hurriedly tried to find the ticket and check. They're over the moon!''
According to Jones, it was believed to be the first time someone had won Powerball as well as 10 first division prizes.
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