NZ Lotto winner slept with ticket under her pillow

WELLINGTON, NZ – An anxious $1 million Lotto winner had an uncomfortable sleep after hiding her ticket in a plastic container under her pillow.

The woman, who bought her ticket at Countdown Stoke, went to the Lotteries Commission in Wellington yesterday to claim her Lotto first division prize in Saturday’s draw, and was relieved to hand over her ticket.

“It’s been an anxious couple of days knowing that this small piece of paper is worth a million dollars. I’ve kept it safe in a zip lock bag, inside a plastic container, which then went under my pillow. It wasn’t a very comfortable sleep,” she said laughing.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought her ticket on a whim after a quick rush to the supermarket to pick up groceries for dinner.

She plans on investing her prize, setting up for retirement and maybe a holiday in the future with family.

“This win won’t change the way I live my life, but it will give me so many more options. It’s quite strange, because I’ve always had a feeling I would win Lotto. It was only a matter of time.”


Published: May 19, 2011

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