12 April 2018
The woman, who lives in Tauranga and has chosen to stay anonymous, says she has been playing the same lucky numbers for years, and was shocked to see that she had won $166,667 on her birthday.
"My lucky numbers are my kid's birthdays, so there was no missing them when I saw them on Facebook," she told a local radio station.
After the initial shock had settled she phoned her daughter to deliver the good news, but even her kids had trouble believing that she'd won. Her daughter was convinced that she'd been getting the birthday champagne a little early!
When seeing her kids later that day for a birthday lunch she was able to prove that she had won by showing them her lucky numbers; "it made for an unbelievable birthday. All the kids were so excited for me," she said.