A $200,000 winning spin on Lotto has given a Mount Maunganui woman enough money to build her dream home in Papamoa.
The English migrant, who has lived in New Zealand for 12 years, rejoiced on Saturday night's live Lotto draw when her Winning Wheel spin spluttered to a halt on $200,000.
And although her face was broadcast to the nation, Christine asked New Zealand Lotteries not to release her surname.
"I feel so lucky to win the $200,000. I would have been happy with $100,000 - so I feel like I have doubled my money," she told Lotteries.
Christine said the whole experience of going on Winning Wheel had been outstanding. "It still does not feel real," she said.
Christine's friend, Sian, joined her as support person for the Wellington weekend, which included shopping for a new outfit for the show.
"Jenny the stylist was amazing and helped make me look good. I was very nervous about being on live TV but it was such a fun experience in the end."
The Winning Wheel prize package was a weekend for Christine and Sian at the Intercontinental Hotel.
She plans to use her winnings to build a house. "I will start looking for a section in the Papamoa area when I get back home," she said yesterday.
All Lotto players automatically enter the draw to spin the Winning Wheel, regardless of the type of ticket they buy.
Saturday's Winning Wheel ticket was bought at Unsworth Heights Superette, Auckland.