The winning ticket from Saturday night’s draw is valued at $12.5 million, with $12 million from Powerball first division and $500,000 from Lotto first division, and was sold at Fitzroy Lotto and Mags.
While the shop was closed on Sunday the owners were obviously well aware the ticket came from their store, with news of the win plastered across the front window.
Liquorland Fitzroy duty manager Lizzy Wilson said they hadn’t had any customers with an extraordinary large order on Sunday but would be happy to cater any celebration party.
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They have bottles of 2009 Dom Perignon champagne costing $273 – cheap for a new millionaire.
“Anything that they want we could help them with it,” Wilson said.
However Wilson believed the winner would be laying low and not letting on they were New Zealand’s newest multi-millionaire although she liked to think the money would stay local.
“I don’t think that they would tell us, I wouldn’t tell anyone about it.
“It would be really neat, hopefully it is somebody local, from around here.”
Employee Aleisha Sadler was considering buying a ticket for the next draw after hearing about the win.
“I have never bought a Lotto ticket, I guess I should. It would be nice,” Sadler said while thinking about what the newfound riches could buy.
Louzette Wheeler, shop assistant at Piccolo Morso, said customers had been talking about the windfall.
“We would love to know who it is because we wish it was us,” Wheeler joked with other staff members Bella Rothwell and Max Smith.
She said there hadn’t been any large catering orders placed on Sunday morning but everyone was wondering who the lucky winner was and if they were local.
“We’ve talked about it because most of us are from around this area,” Wheeler said.
“I think it would be awesome if it went to someone from around here.”
Customer Christine McLeod was delighted for the lucky winner and hoped it was a local.
“That’s so exciting,” she said.
“Absolutely I hope it is.”
Euro Deli Bakery manager Annie Chan said lots of her customers had also been talking about the big win.
“It’s good to hear that someone from around here won it,” Chan said.
“That’s great news.”
While Chan had bought her ticket at the shop she wasn’t the winner but said she would defiantly be trying again next week.
Alex Sutton also purchased his ticket from the lucky store and although he had come up empty handed he hoped the winnings would stay in the area.
“I bought my ticket from up there yesterday, about lunchtime, but it wasn’t any good I checked it,” Sutton said.
“I hope so, it would be good for the town.”
TAB employee Marie Pirikahu said customers were curious about the lucky winner’s identity.
“I would love to think it’s someone local, absolutely,” Pirikahu said.
“If I see an extra smiley face around I will know who it is. I wonder if they even know yet?”
Pirikahu reckoned news of the big win would probably boost ticket sales.
“I probably would by my ticket there next week.”
Jane Moodie, co-owner of Sporty’s Cafe and Bar, reckoned the winner would be the first person through the doors of the Lotto shop on Monday.
“I did have a ticket but it wasn’t me,” Moodie said.
“I wouldn’t tell you anyway.”
Another Lotto player who bought their ticket at Paper Plus Whakatane would also be celebrating after scooping $500,000 in Lotto first division.
Meanwhile, Strike Four rolled over and would be worth $500,000 on Wednesday.
Lotto advises anyone who bought their ticket from either of the winning stores to write their name on the back of it and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at mylotto.co.nz or through the Lotto NZ ticket-checker app.
Players can phone Lotto NZ on 0800 695 6886 if they want to enquire about the best way to claim a prize.