01 Nov 2018

This article was written by South Waikato News journalist Luke Kirkeby and was featured in print and online.

A quick toilet paper shop has left a Tokoroa man feeling rather lucky.

Tim Haines recently popped into The Warehouse Tokoroa to buy a housewarming present for a friend. Seeing some novelty toilet paper he knew he’d found the perfect gift.

But Haines' amusement soon turned to shock after he purchased a $2 Variety - the Children’s Charity's Scratch 'n' Win fundraising ticket.

"I can't say I intentionally bought the ticket. The staff asked at the end if I would like to donate and you just say yes to carry on your way and then I realised there was a ticket in the bag and it was a winner."

The winner of a brand new Ford Fiesta Sport that is.

"Initially I didn't believe it," he laughed. "I've never before won anything in my life. It's still sinking in."

Variety's chief executive officer Lorraine Taylor said there were 180,000 tickets and one car up for grabs nationwide.

"It is so great to be down here in Tokoroa to present Tim with his brand new vehicle. We are so thankful to everyone, like Tim, who purchased a $2 scratchie ticket, or made a donation over the counter at The Warehouse. Variety works in the community so to come down and be part of the community and meet the people that support us is amazing."

Ford Service Tokoroa owner Barry Wood said it was a privilege to hand the car over.

"It is pretty awesome to have a prize delivered through us because we are a small rural service centre and we don't see a lot of this sort of stuff."

He said the Ford Fiesta was a great little car.

The Warehouse Tokoroa store manager Neville Renney said the store hadn't stopped talking about it.

"We are stoked that the prize came to Tok. It is amazing and we are looking forward to more campaigning with Variety."

Haines said the win couldn't have come at a better time.

"Now I can get rid of the van that is breaking down all the time. I am just so incredibly grateful."

Over $346,000 was raised for Kiwi kids in need through both ticket sales and donations during the three week long campaign.

Funds raised through the promotion will support Variety’s Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme, and provide essential mobility, educational and medical equipment to children all around the country over the coming year.