Man throws away $22.5m lottery ticket

2012-09-14 16:46

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.

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-14 16:53

    you can buy the South Island for that kind of money - 2012-09-14 16:59

      Actually, after buying the SI you can have Pussy Riot play for you for free. You will be sitting in a golden chair like a drunken pharaoh.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-14 16:56

    What? Am jeolousy Iwish it could be me.

      antin.herrinck - 2012-09-15 01:12

      Harold, dont are jealously. Read story agen 5 x. He dosnt get da bling an da money. If u also wanna feel bad. Put yur tablet in da micrwave. And put your smartfone in da toilet. Then lite up your shack. All da best -Antin,

      Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-15 08:59

      gudmorning Antin,Thanx for ur destructive criticism and trivial misunderstanding.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-15 09:56

      @ Antin Read x10 prize consists of $21 369 412 in cash, a Lamborghini Gallardo Please note the IN CASH PART

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-09-14 18:43

    It probably wasn't as dramatic as all this.

  • bongile.langa - 2012-09-14 19:24

    Yhoo! can only imagine how the dude mst be filling.....

      antin.herrinck - 2012-09-15 01:01

      Searching forlornly in the local rubbish-dumps. Hot tears of regret streaming down his drawn face. Every now and then loudly screaming and shaking a trembling fist at the heavens. 'Must feel like that, I reckon. One day WAS one day..... (Wonder if he'll continue playing next week!)

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