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Website overload delays Lotto winners

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/07/2016
A customer inspects the Powerball ticket. 21 lottery winners who blew it all

One of three Lotto winners to share the weekend's $40m prize pool says they couldn't check their ticket on the night because the company's website was overloaded.

All three winners - who will receive more than $13m each - had by Tuesday morning come forward to collect their prizes.

And while the first to collect did so in record time - getting a Dunedin grocery store to open on Saturday night to check the ticket and then showing up at Lotto's offices first thing on Monday morning - the latest winner's tale is a different story.

The couple from Hamilton, who bought their ticket online, say they were in no rush to check their results after Lotto's website crashed due to too many users on Saturday night.

"We thought if we go to bed without checking our ticket, at least we've got one more night of imagining that it might be us that won," the winner's husband said.

It wasn't until the following morning the couple managed to get into their account.

"A screen flashed up saying `congratulations, you have won $13.3 million'. But we just couldn't believe it. We were thinking maybe it was a promotion or something."

He said it wasn't until he called his sister over to confirm what they were seeing that it all fell into place.

"So we all had bacon, eggs and champagne for breakfast to celebrate. After breakfast we just got straight back into normal life mowing the lawns and tidying the house. We didn't feel like millionaires."

The third winning ticket was sold in Kawhia.

There was a frantic bid to buy Lotto tickets ahead of the weekend's $40m draw, with 2.7 million tickets sold.

Between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday 3000 tickets a minute were being bought.

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