One of the country's newest Lotto millionaires has turned a childhood dream into a reality.
After winning a whopping $26 million earlier this year, motorsport enthusiast Trevor Cooper made his national racing debut today.
Shifting up a gear or two from his former life as a supermarket worker, Cooper took part in the Off-Road Endurance Championship in Nelson.
"Life has changed dramatically...we're able to do now what we've only dreamed about over the years and we're loving everything we're doing at the moment," Cooper said.
Trevor's father, Kevin Cooper, along with his mother, Shirley, were both race officials at today's event.
"Motorsport has always been in our blood. you can't put it any better," Kevin Cooper said.
Trevor has spent the past few months in the US, and now has a full racing schedule up until Christmas this year.
He says he has now formed a professional racing team, and racing is "going to be a fulltime job."
But Trevor's parents say the Lotto win has not changed their son.
"He's still the same kid, he's still just Trevor," said Shirley Cooper.
While Kevin says, "We couldn't be prouder. He's my favourite son. He might be my only son, but's he's my favourite son."
And when questioned about his other new status as New Zealand's most eligible bachelor, Trevor's friend Matt Baker says, "what he has told me is that's he's got "someone."