The NZ$27 million winner of the Big Wednesday New Zealand Lotto has finally come forward.
He has chosen to remain anonymous, but is from Tauranga, in his 20s and describes himself as a down-to-earth guy. Indeed, the only reason he bought the winning lottery ticket is because the hairdressers at the back of AJ's Lotto and Tobacconist shop was closed and so he decided to re-invest the money elsewhere.
This turned out to be arguably the best decision he has ever made, as the man can now look forward to luxury holidays, homes and cars as he spends his NZ$27 million windfall.
"It was a spur-of-the-moment decision and I can't believe it has resulted in me winning so much money. It's life-changing. It will also enable me to help out my immediate family, who have been so good at supporting me over recent years," the man said.
As well as landing over NZ$25 million in cash, his prize fund also includes a Lamborghini Gallardo, an Audi Q7, a Rayglass 2200 boat and a NZ$50,000 Visa Platinum Card.
Amazingly, the young man nearly threw out the winning lottery ticket because he had checked the wrong draw by mistake. It was not until the buzz of excitement about an unclaimed prize in Tauranga was cranked up that he decided to go back and re-check his lottery ticket results.
He admitted to feeling physically sick after it dawned on him that he is a multi-millionaire, while the first night afterwards was sleepless. Once the scale of what has happened sinks in, the male is going to tackle a sustainable living project.
It has always been a dream of his to own an eco-friendly home and now this can become a reality thanks to his windfall, as he has enough money to build a whole street of green houses.
The win was the first time since March that someone scooped the first division prize, while it also represents the third largest prize ever won by a single ticket in the country's lottery history.