1 Apr 2012

Winning $26 million Lotto ticket bought in Te Kauwhata

10:16 am on 1 April 2012

A ticket sold in Te Kauwhata has won $26 million in Saturday night's Lotto Powerball draw.

The prize is the third biggest in Lotto's history.

It is made up of $333,000 from Lotto first division and $26.2 million from Powerball first division.

The winning ticket was sold by Te Kauwhata Foodmarket, which says it is the luckiest store in the country.

A winning first division ticket worth $250,000 was sold there in January.

The owner of the foodmarket, Jecal Patel, says there's every possibility Saturday's winner is a local, as the town only has a population of about 1200 people.

Mr Patel says more than three quarters of the town buy Lotto tickets at his shop but many tickets are also sold to people passing through.

Powerball had not been struck since New Year's Eve and would have reached the Lotteries Commission's cap of $30 million next week if it wasn't won last night.