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Pay for 5 and get the 6th
THUMBS UP from the handyman to
the person who found and handed in my
THUMBS UP to the people in
Otorohanga who found a walking stick
belonging to my late wife. I had been
using it, but it was stolen from the back of
my mobility scooter, when I was in town
in November. My deep appreciation, and
thanks again for your call and promise to
return it when you are in Te Awamutu next.
THUMBS UP and thank you to the
young boy who first noticed, Debbie and
Gail – great first aiders – and New World
staff members who offered practical help
when I fell in the carpark on the Thursday
before Christmas. You all deserved New
NEW ZEALAND’S favourite ‘Kiwiana region’ has made it onto the map
for another reason after topping the table as New Zealand’s ‘luckiest’ area
for Lotto winning in 2016.
With an estimated population of 9141, Otorohanga district was boosted
into the top spot after a Te Awamutu man scooped $13.3 million with a
ticket bought at Oparau Roadhouse – one of two he picked up for a Pow-
erball draw in July.
“I actually bought two tickets for the draw, and I gave one to a friend for
her birthday,” says the winner who wanted to remain anonymous.
“I had her and some other mates around for a couple of drinks after
I found out about the win, so we could all celebrate together. Everyone’s
been so supportive – the truth is that I really am one of the luckiest people
in New Zealand.”
The win has brought the luckiest region title back to the North Island for
the first time since 2013. Westland took out the title in 2015 and Kaikoura
nabbing it in 2014.
On average, Otorohanga locals won around $1526 per capita, which is
over $500 more, than the second luckiest region.
OTHER TOP SPOTS
In the biggest winning districts per capita for 2016, Auckland’s Rodney
ward came in at second place – not surprising considering a local couple
claimed the largest prize ever won in New Zealand of $44 million thanks
to Powerball in November.
Meanwhile, a $22.2 million Powerball win in April boosted Ashburton’s
luck, making it the third luckiest place in New Zealand, and the luckiest
area in the South Island for 2016.
An Ashburton couple took home the $22.2 million prize and planned to
use some of their winnings to pay for their dream wedding.
Rounding out the top 10 spots are Ruapehu, Kaikoura, Dunedin, Timaru,
Auckland’s Waitemata and Gulf Ward, Wairoa and Opotiki.
Otorohanga’s NZ’s top
2016 lucky Lotto area
Each of these regions enjoyed a first division win with either Lotto or
Powerball, helping cement their spot on this year’s luckiest list.
Waitomo district ranked 47th out of 77 regions.
More than $503 million in prizes were won in 2016 with Lotto, includ-
ing a total of 282 first division prizes won by players around the country.
Lotto New Zealand also transferred $204 million to the NZ Lottery
Grants Board, which is used to fund arts, sporting and community organi-
sations and projects throughout New Zealand.
As for which Lotto store was the ‘luckiest’ for 2016 . . . South Dunedin
Night n Day has claimed this year’s coveted title having sold one Powerball
first division ticket, along with three Lotto first division winning tickets – a
total of $14.3 million in prizes won at the store.
THE three $13.3 million winning tickets from July’s $40 million Must Be
Won draw, including the winning ticket sold at Oparau.
NORTH King Country residents are being
asked for submissions on a number of
issues. Rural communities’ feedback on
the Waikato regional council’s Healthy
Rivers/Wai Ora Plan Change 1 (PC1) is
wanted and submissions close on March 8.
(Waitomo News, December 22) In Otoro-
hanga, the council is seeking feedback
on a resource consent lodged by Happy
Valley Milk Ltd for a $200 million dairy fac-
tory, off Redlands Rd. Submissions for this
close January 27. The ODC is also wanting
submissions on an Easter trading bylaw
to potentially allow businesses to open on
Easter Sunday. These close on February
15. The Waitomo District Council is also
wanting submissions on its Easter Sunday
Shop Trading Policy. Submissions close on
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