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Lotto win for Wairarapa couple

The $12.5 million Powerball prize that was sold last week at the region’s “luckiest” store has been claimed by a Wairarapa couple.

The winners, who wish to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket from Masterton for the draw on Saturday 17 March.

“I spotted Kuripuni Lotto and Post Shop while we were in town and just knew I had to get a ticket – they’re such a lucky store,” said the winner.

“When we found the store had sold the big one, my husband turned to me and said ‘Did you get a ticket there?’” the winner said.

“She turned to me and said, ‘Of course – and it’s the winning one’. We both cracked up, not realising how right she was,” laughed her husband.

Despite knowing about the big win, it took the winner a few days before she remembered to check her ticket.

“I finally had a bit of time, so grabbed my phone and scanned the ticket using the Lotto NZ App. It whirled for a second, then ‘Major Prize’ popped up on my screen – I couldn’t believe it.”

The couple sat on their good news for over a week before claiming their prize.

“We don’t have any major plans at the moment – it’s all a bit new. This prize is such a blessing and we want to make the most of it – for ourselves and our family.”

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