A Napier man's Lotto ticket that had been "tucked away in the centre compartment" of his truck for two months has finally been scanned and its owner is now $300,000 richer.
The ticket was brought by the truck driver for the September 20 Lotto draw, according to NZME, at the Taradale Four Square.
"Every now and then I do a big clean-out of my truck and this time I found a few Lotto tickets tucked away in the centre compartment," the winner explained.
"I was checking the bunch of old tickets at the self-scanner and saw one of the messages showed 'Congratulations First Division win'.
"The funny thing is that I must have been in doubt because I just carried on checking the rest of them. Then I checked it again, and I must have checked it four more times before I finally went to the counter.
"I handed over a couple of small-win tickets first and then said to the retailer 'This one says it's a first division win – is that a good thing?'
"When I found out I'd won $300,000, I was in shock. It still hasn't sunk in. Although I can say it's been great timing and this win has provided real peace of mind."
A 15-year-old unlicenced driver was behind the wheel of a car involved in a head-on crash north of Auckland which killed both her and her passenger, police say.
The crash happened at the intersection of Dairy Flat Highway and Potter Road last night and has prompted a plea from police for people to drive safely.
"Two people from the same vehicle died upon impact, this includes the driver who was a 15-year-old female who did not have a licence and a 25-year-old male passenger," Senior Sergeant Todd Moore-Carter said in a statement.
Both were from Orewa.
A third person in the vehicle is in hospital with serious injuries.
The driver of the other vehicle was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Earlier in the evening, a 51-year-old male cyclist was killed following a crash in Te Atatu.
"We had three people die overnight, and one is a teenage girl who had her whole life ahead of her," Snr Sgt Moore-Carter said.
"At times we get a lot of criticism for having our road policing teams out as people think we are just trying to give out tickets.
"We are out because we want to change dangerous and risky driving behaviour in the hope it will stop 15-year-old teenagers dying on our roads or 51-year-old men who were just out cycling.