By Austin Weaver
Choosing lottery numbers is a very personal decision.
Individuals will generally consider important dates, such as birthdays and anniversaries, when filling out a lottery ticket.
A husband and wife from the Kapiti Coast has been entering the New Zealand Lotto for eight years without ever tasting much success. However, this all changed when the lady landed NZ$180,000 on Lotto Strike.
It came as a big surprise to the man though, as he had already filled out their usual lottery numbers for the week. But the woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, had a premonition and decided to enter an extra lottery ticket in secret.
The move turned out to be very beneficial and now they can look forward to travelling the world seeing their three sons.
Speaking to the Dominion Post, the 50-year-old lady said: ''I'm not one of those people who are into the psychic ways, but I just felt that something awesome was going to happen. Go with your intuition."
She added trips to the UK and Hawaii are already on the horizon, as they look to celebrate their newfound wealth in style. Once they return from their travels, the pair intend to buy new golf clubs, a car and also visit a local charity auction.
Her husband is turning 60 next February and so unsurprisingly they are planning quite the celebration. They are going to fly all three of their sons to the one location so they can enjoy the big day as a family.
It just goes to show what is possible with the power of positive thinking, as the woman was sure that it was her time to land a windfall - and sure enough - she was right.
And she might not be the last person to enter a couple of extra lottery tickets in secret!
Austin Weaver loves cricket and rugby, but his real passion is traveling. During the day he is a content and blog writer for www.thelotter.com online lottery tickets site. You can find him around the web on Google +, Twitter and theLotter's Facebook Page