20th time lucky for Woodys

Karen from Woodys Winners in Wellsford only has one piece of advice for winning Lotto – “buy a ticket.”

The $16.5 million winning ticket that Wellsford’s Woodys Winners sold last month was the highest prize ever won by its customers.

The store had put new signage up on the window celebrating its 19th winner when Lotto headquarters rang them up and said they had forgotten to record a win in 2004 and the true figure was 20.

Store manager Karen Lennon says the store does have crystals and dream catchers for sale, but she doesn’t know why the place seems to be so lucky.

“I like to think it’s because we believe, and we truly want to help our customers. Everyone could use a little help,” she says.

She says the store gets lots of people stopping on the way through, with travellers from as far away as England and Australia buying a ticket after hearing about its reputation.

It was an Auckland man on the way back home from a holiday in the north who won the $16.5 million prize.

His first plan for the cash is to buy a house with his partner and pay for their wedding.

The happy couple have decided they won’t be making any big changes to their big day as a result of the win.

“But I think we’ll definitely be upgrading the engagement ring,” he said


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