One Lotto player in Cambridge is $333,333 richer having won last Wednesday’s February 21 Lotto draw.
The first division winner split the $1M prize with two other winners from Auckland, having bought their ticket from Victoria Station in Cambridge.
Lotto New Zealand confirmed the winning ticket had been claimed but could not say whether the person was a Cambridge local.
It’s not the first time Victoria Station has sold a winning Lotto ticket, in fact they’ve sold three in recent weeks. Towards the end of January, the store also sold a $21,754 second division ticket, and shortly after sold a $10,000 Bullseye ticket. During the recent festive season, they also sold a $10,000 cash-for-travel Christmas ticket.
Karen Laycock, who owns the business with husband Darren, said it was a great feeling to have sold so many lucky tickets. “Winning does happen,” she said. “You’ve got to be in to win!”
Their luck started when the pair took over the business in September 2016. On her first day Karen checked a ticket for a customer and it turned out to be worth $250,000. That same year in December, her daughter Hannah was making up a ticket for a customer with his regular numbers but pushed the wrong button and produced a different number sequence. When she offered to cancel and change it, the customer insisted he keep it, because “it might be the winning numbers”, and sure enough, it went on to win $22,000.