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Wairoa Locals Hope $10.3 Million Lottery Winner Is a Resident

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A Powerball ticket sold at Wairoa has clinched Saturday night’s Lotto draw prize of $10.3 million and Wairoa residents are hoping the lucky winner is a local.

The winning ticket was purchased at New World Wairoa and consists of $10 million from Powerball First Division and $333,333 from Lotto First Division.

Excitement among People

Michele Lynch, Lotto manager at New World Wairoa, voicing the hopes of more than 4,000 individuals who live in the town, stated that all they wished for the winner to be a “local from Wairoa.”

She further remarked that there's a lot of excitement among people as they wonder who the winner will be. However, everyone is hoping for the same thing – that it’s someone from the community.

The store opened by 7 am on Sunday, and people were already inquiring whether someone had come in to claim the prize.

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Wairoa is a town and territorial authority district in New Zealand's North Island. It is the largest town in the district of Wairoa and is one of three towns in New Zealand, the others being Kawerau and Opotiki, where Māori outnumber other ethnicities. The town was devastated by Cyclone Gabrielle in February, which resulted in the displacement of numerous residents from their homes and necessitated a massive cleanup effort afterward.

While the holder of the $10.3m ticket is still unknown, there are chances that it could be anyone from another town or even state since a significant number of individuals did visit the town and purchased Lotto tickets at the supermarket. However, a local winning the prize would bring much-needed joy to a town that has recently endured a life-changing hazard. While the prospect could bring financial benefits, it would definitely uplift community spirits and foster a sense of hope and resilience for the entire town.

The Hawke’s Bay winner is the eleventh player to win millions from Powerball in 2023. The win comes weeks after a couple from Paraparaumu claimed a $37.125 million Powerball prize.

Other Saturday Night Draw Winners

In other financial news, Saturday night’s Lotto draw had other winners, including two players who won $333,333. While the first ticket was sold at Fresh Choice Geraldine, the other was sold on MyLotto to a player from Auckland.

Eighteen players also won $20,054 each with Lotto second division. Additionally, two players secured Powerball second-division prizes, increasing their combined winnings to $32,500. The winning tickets were sold at Countdown Paeroa and through MyLotto to a player residing in Christchurch.

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