Congratulations to the hundreds of Heart Foundation New Zealand Lottery supporters who have won dream homes, travel prizes, cash and new cars over the years! We love to experience our winners’ delight, each and every Lottery.
Lyn McDonald receiving her new house keys from Shane Lye, Jennian Homes, BOP
When busy Lyn McDonald found out she had won Lottery No. 105's first prize, she made a quick call to her mum, saying, "I can't talk right now, but I've just won a house!"
Her news was met with scepticism by her family, with someone even telling her daughter that it was a scam. But it was all very real, especially when Lyn received the keys to her brand new Papamoa dream home. She celebrated this special moment with a number of her family and party poppers and sparkling grape juice to toast the new home.
"I wrote 'Lyn won this, woohoo!' on the house picture," Lyn says. "And it obviously worked."
A deserving winner, Lyn is quite well-known around Auckland having run a bird rescue service there for some years. "I've spent 32 years in bird rescue," she says, "and many locals have brought me a bird to care for at some stage."
Lyn says her new home will be great for family to stay at when visiting her mother, who lives in Papamoa, as well as for holidays at the beach.
Gerard Richardson and partner, Sarah Smith, receiving the keys to their new Mangawhai home from Jody Yakas, Jennian Homes Northland
Our Lottery 104 Mangawhai home winner, Gerard Richardson knows first-hand how important the work of the Heart Foundation is after having a heart attack a couple of years ago.
With a family history of heart disease, Gerard had already been supporting our work through the Lottery programme for many years prior to his event. But when his heart attack happened “out of the blue”, he really saw the value of our commitment to research and specialised training for cardiologists.
“Everyone, from the researchers to the doctors and other medical staff, all do such an amazing job,” he says.
Having never visited the Northland town before, Gerard and his partner Sarah Smith spent a couple of weeks relaxing in the house and enjoying being tourists exploring Mangawhai.
“The house is great, it’s a nice size and in a lovely location. We just walked in, plonked ourselves down and relaxed.”
Sue Bielby and Ricky Rutledge at their new Pauanui home
When we tracked down the winners of our Lottery No. 103 Pauanui dream home, they were already holidaying in the Coromandel.
Ricky Rutledge and Sue Bielby say they love the Coromandel. “We holiday there with friends every year in a rented bach and have often fantasised about owning a holiday home there,” says Sue.
A long-term supporter since the early days of the Heart Foundation Lottery, Sue says, “As a part-time GP, I know that even though heart disease isn’t as high profile as cancer, it kills many more New Zealanders. My own mum died last year of heart disease and Dad had open heart surgery the year before.”
In fact Sue says that she and Ricky have twice performed life-saving CPR on people suffering heart failure – once at an airport and most recently at a friend’s birthday party. “It’s so worthwhile and rewarding,” she adds. “I’d encourage everyone to learn.”
Sue says she, Ricky and their children are looking forward to family holidays in their brand new Coromandel home.
Monica Storey receiving the keys to her new home from Daryl O'Reilly, Jennian Nelson Bays
Te Aroha resident Monica Storey, the winner of Lottery No. 102, travelled to Motueka with her daughter and her daughter’s partner to accept the keys to her first prize home. Well prepared with a nice bottle of bubbly to celebrate, Monica and her family stayed on for a week’s holiday.
“I’m looking forward to finding a good meal of Blue Cod now I’m in the South Island,” she says.
On the day of her win Monica was out with her sister, who was so excited by her news she couldn’t help but tell complete strangers, “This lady has just won a house!”
Sadly, Monica lost her husband four years ago. She says he must have been looking after her ‘from above’ and would have loved her new property. In fact, it was decorated in the same colour scheme as their very first home together.
Monica says her husband’s family has a history of heart disease and she has been a regular Heart Foundation Lottery supporter for more than 16 years.
Lottery No. 101 winners, David and Karen, receiving the keys to their new Taupo home from Mike Riddle, Jennian Homes South Waikato
On the day of the Lottery No. 101 draw, we tried unsuccessfully to contact our winner, David, of Auckland. He finally called us back late that evening and we were able to share the wonderful news.
David says he and his wife, Karen, were left so excited about their win that they couldn't sleep all weekend. "We are overwhelmed by our good fortune and so grateful to have won," he says.
To celebrate, the couple organised a family holiday with their parents to coincide with receiving the keys to their new Jennian dream home in Taupo. "We had a lovely week enjoying the Wairakei Thermal Pools, Huka Falls, Craters of the Moon geothermal walk and the cycle-walkway around the lake. I even had a go at mountain biking, " David says.
The couple plan to rent out their new property as a holiday home when they're unable to put it to good use themselves.
Deb Maloney receiving the keys to her new Queenstown home from Carl Hamilton, Jennian Homes Southland
Deb Maloney, from Palmerston North, was hard to reach when we tried to call to let her know she had won our landmark Lottery No. 100 first prize home in Queenstown. In fact as the hours passed and we kept calling, Deb was even considering blocking our number because we hadn't left a message.
"When I finally did answer, I couldn't quite believe what the voice on the other end of the phone was telling me!" Deb says.
The winner of Lottery No. 99 was very cool, calm and collected when we phoned to tell him he had won a Jennian dream home in Omokoroa. But he called back 10 minutes later to say "I’m in shock and didn’t think the call was true!" Kevin is a generous supporter of the Lottery, having consolidated his donations in favour of the Heart Foundation many years ago.
Grace, the winner of the Heart Foundation Lottery No. 97 dream home in Whitianga, found she and her husband were too excited to sleep the night she won. A long-term Auto-Buyer from Tauranga, Grace says that her Lottery support has always been about helping an organisation that might help her father in the future.
"When I took the call I didn’t quite believe it," said Carole Strain, the winner of the Lottery No. 95 first prize dream home in Wanaka. Carole started buying tickets in 2001 after both her father and father-in-law suffered heart attacks.
"It was only ever a donation," she said. "I didn’t expect to win!"
Graeme and Irene Percy said winning the Heart Foundation Lottery No. 94 dream home in Kinloch was an "incredible feeling". This kind-hearted Blenheim couple have fostered 93 children and spent many years helping troubled youth.
Betty Dix discovered she had won first prize in Heart Foundation Lottery No. 93 on the third anniversary of her mother’s passing, which she said made it even more special. A long-term Lottery supporter, Betty and her husband Trevor won a Jennian dream home in Whangamata.Buy Tickets