NZ couple instant millionaires after $22.2m Lotto win

WITH a wedding to organise, New Zealand's latest millionaires are thankful for their $22.2 million Lotto windfall.

The winning couple, aged in their 30s, from Ashburton, have now come forward, but wish to remain anonymous.

They have confirmed, however, they will be spending some of their winnings from Saturday night on their upcoming wedding.

And there will be enough left over for a European holiday too - as well as for their family.

"The most important thing for us is to make sure our kids are looked after.Other than that, we really want to help our family and local community - and of course, indulge in a few things for ourselves, including getting married," the lucky couple said today.

"We've always dreamed of heading off on a 70-day cruise around Europe - it just sounds so incredibly luxurious.

So that's definitely something we're going to tick off the list now."

Despite their new-found wealth, the couple plans to keep working.

"We want to keep things as normal as possible."

The winners have young children but described themselves as "typical Kiwis really - we're very family oriented and pretty relaxed."

Right now, they're yet to tell anyone of their change in circumstances.

The man, who plays Lotto every week, bought his ticket online shortly before Saturday's draw. On Monday, he checked it.

"I was at home and jumped online to check my ticket first thing in the morning. I couldn't believe it when I saw all the numbers line up. I just started shouting and staring at the computer screen in disbelief," the man said.

"I was absolutely stunned I couldn't believe it. My fiance and I just stood there staring at the computer for a good couple of minutes without saying a word."

The first celebration didn't come until they sat in the Lotto's winners' room. There, they treated themselves to a glass of champagne.

"It's beginning to feel more real now that we can see it in our bank account. but I don't think it will really sink in until we do something major without needing to budget too much," the man said.

The couple said they had "definitely" dreamed about winning.

"We always said we'd get married and look after our family - and that's exactly what we are doing."

- NZ Herald

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