Man throws away $22.5m lottery ticket

2012-09-14 16:46

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Wellington - A New Zealand man threw away a winning lottery ticket worth $22.5m after reading the wrong results and thinking it was useless.

It was not until the following day, when he heard the lucrative prize had not been claimed, that he searched for the ticket and found he had won.

The man, in his 20s, who did not wish to be identified, had bought the ticket on a whim, spending money he had set aside for a haircut after he went to his hairdresser and found the shop closed.

"I originally checked the results on my phone, but I must have got the wrong draw so I thought my ticket was a loser. I chucked it aside and thought 'that was that' and went to work," he told Fairfax News on Friday.

"It was only when there was so much talk in the town about the unclaimed prize that I thought it might pay to recheck the ticket."

The $25.5m prize consists of $21 369 412 in cash, a Lamborghini Gallardo, an Audi Q7, a speedboat, a credit card topped up to $41 750, as well as $41 750 worth of travel and $563 625 cash towards a holiday home.

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