An Auckland couple couldn’t believe their eyes when they realised they’d won $12.2 million in 2023’s final Lotto draw.

The couple discovered they’d won the jackpot on the evening of December 30, a while after the live draw had taken place.

“I was too busy doing things around the house, and it wasn’t until late that evening that I had time to check my ticket,” the woman said.

“I logged into MyLotto and saw a message saying I was a ‘Major Prize Winner,’ but I didn’t know it was the big one until I checked my ticket.

“When I saw all my numbers line up, I realised I’d won $12 million!”

The woman immediately told her husband, who “didn’t believe” the news.

The couple have since claimed their prize and are now “processing this major change to our lives”.

“It wasn’t until we got the call from Lotto NZ that the reality started to sink in,” the woman said.

“We’re still thinking about what we’d like to do with the money, but we’re pretty sensible people.”

They plan on investing in “sensible, mundane stuff” like “a house and the future”.

“It’s amazing to know we have so many options now. We can’t wait to support our family and spend time on the things that really matter.”

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