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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Millionaire steps up

$6.5m Lotto powerball prize purchased in Levin claimed A Levin man has come forward to claim the $6.5 million Powerball prize won on December 27 with a ticket sold at Levin Lucky Lotto. The man, who did not want to be named, hadn’t bothered to check his ticket until Thursday. He had been urged to do so by friends, but did not expect a win. He wandered into the Lucky Lotto shop to get his ticket checked and couldn’t believe his ears when Lucky Lotto shop owner Dave Lyons told him how much he had won. The store that sold the winning Powerball ticket was busier than usual over Christmas, meaning the winning ticket could be almost anywhere. “Our store is always busier over the Christmas period, with locals coming in to grab presents and with visitors stopping off as they drive through on their holidays,” said Levin Lucky Lotto owner Dave Lyons. “The store has been buzzing over the past two weeks, with people coming in to see if their ticket is the winner or to see if anyone has claimed the prize yet.” Despite the surge in customers visiting the store to check their Lotto tickets, the Powerball winner remained at large for two weeks. But the rumour mill was in overdrive and Dave said, “I’ve heard all sorts of different

stories about who people think the winner might be,” said Dave. The Powerball First Division prize is the 15th First Division winning ticket Levin Lucky Lotto has sold over the years and their first Powerball win. “While it’s unusual for a prize of this size to go unclaimed for a long period, it’s not unheard of,” said Mazur.

Lotto players encouraged to write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at or through Lotto NZ App. Players can phone Lotto on 0800 695 6886 to find out how to claim a prize. Most winners are quick to claim their winnings, but major prizes sometimes go unclaimed

for a period of time. In 2017, a Gisborne couple took two weeks to claim a Powerball prize of $6.5m. They knew straight away that they’d won, but wanted to take their time before claiming to give them time to think about how to manage their windfall. In 2014, Hamilton Lotto players searched for a Powerball ticket worth $16m for

10 days before the winners thought to check their ticket. In 2013, a $22m prize remained unclaimed in Christchurch for more than three weeks before the winner was united with his lifechanging prize. The winner was in no hurry to check his ticket, as he believed the prize had already been claimed.

Disappearing Dan found Rosalie Willis On a rainy afternoon last week while playing with friends at Te Ra School, in Raumati South, Coe Rochford’s beloved dog Dan disappeared into bush. When Coe realised that Dan was missing, an extensive search, which would last three days, began. Despite the weather Coe, 12, went out several times with friends and family searching for Dan that afternoon continuing into the evening. Living on a property that is not fully fenced Dan has wandered off before but has always returned to

Coe in Leinster Ave. The next day the hunt continued, searching for hours at a time, with Coe only returning home for food and to report back. “I was scared,” Coe said. “I thought he might be injured, have gone down a bank or been puppynapped.” One thousand fliers were handed around and a social media campaign set up. Although it was helpful in gaining attention of the community, the common looking staffy-cross brought about calls from concerned people in Waikanae and places further afield. Having been inseparable for

years and a regular fixture around the neighbourhood, friends and neighbours joined in Coe’s search for Dan. By the third day, with Coe already grieving for Dan, it was family friend Mel Whitfield who suggested they search in a forest area one more time. Covering ground already searched, it was stepdad Stephen Mackey who found Dan trapped in gorse and tangled in his lead unable to move. When he was untangled “he shot out of the forest with his tail wagging like crazy,” Coe said. “I was in shock and disbelief. “I was really, really happy to have Dan back.”

REUNION: Coe Rochford and his dog Dan. PHOTO: DAVID HAXTON / KAP150118DHDOG




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