New Zealand couple kept $33.5 million dollar ticket in sock drawer

A couple from Christchurch City, who wished to remain anonymous, have claimed one of the biggest winnings in recent New Zealand history. The lucky ticket worth $33.5 million dollars (about 1.9 billion rubles) was kept in a sock drawer for several days by the winners, pondering what to do with the prize.

The woman said she was busy with housework on Wednesday night, so she decided to compare the ticket with the winning numbers announced on June 28 only before going to bed. I looked up the numbers online and started checking every line of the ticket. The winning line was right at the bottom and the numbers just jumped out at me – every single one. At first I couldn’t breathe – I was almost choking, the woman noted.

Then the winner woke up her husband and he confirmed that the jackpot was real. The couple decided not to take the prize right away, but to consider their next steps first. The ticket was kept in a sock drawer. I kept calm during the day, and then I would come home and cry – tears of happiness, of course, but it was also hard, the woman said. She also added: I kept thinking every time I went outside: ‘Oh my God, I’d better make sure the iron is off’.

According to the couple, the win was a defining moment in their lives. The winners plan to provide for their family and its future generations, as well as help the community in the long run.

About 1.4 million tickets were sold nationwide for the Powerball jackpot drawing of more than $33 million. The chapter from

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