Prebble came to New Zealand two weeks ago to meet Massetti.
A five-time Lotto winner who has collected millions of dollars in prize money faces assault charges against his ex-partner.
Carlo Massetti, a Kiwi usually based in Sydney, appeared in Oamaru District Court this week on two counts of assaulting Danielle Prebble. He has not yet filed a plea.
Prebble, 31, told the Herald on Sunday that she broke her nose when he butted her after a night of drinking games.
She had flown to see Massetti in Otago two weeks ago in hopes of reconciling after their split five months ago.
“He’s a cunning con man who’s been lucky a few times winning the Loto but not in life,” said Prebble.
Massetti met Prebble five years ago in Queensland. The two were in unhappy marriages and had a “savage affair” before eventually moving together to Bondi in Sydney.
Massetti said there was an instant attraction when they first met – and that was before he got Lotto lucky.
His lottery winning streak began in Australia in 2018 – he won five times and cashed in prizes totaling $ 2.5 million.
Massetti, 47, lives on a farm in Hampden, a small rural town near Oamaru.
He said he had returned to New Zealand to take a break and recover from the couple’s “toxic” relationship.
Prebble said she arrived on the South Island a fortnight ago to meet Massetti.
“I know we had this shit thing, but I love him a million percent – honestly we have ‘crazy’ love. I really love this man. I don’t want to let him down because ‘he has mental health issues – it’s like cancer, you don’t leave someone because they have cancer. “
Prebble said the first week they spent together was calm and relaxing and that they were like an “old married couple”.
Last week they went for a drink at a local pub and then returned home, where Prebble made dinner.
They drank bourbon and coke and started playing drinking games, which Prebble said she now regrets.
The couple got into an argument and Prebble went to bed. She alleges that Massetti entered the bedroom and began to abuse her and threatened to call the police.
“He tried to lift me up and push me out. I asked him to stop pushing me, then he butted me. I heard a crackle and I could feel blood spurting out of my skin. nose, then I passed out.
“When I woke up there was a pool of blood on the floor and I panicked.”
When Prebble grabbed her purse and the cell phone she had hidden under her bed, she said she saw Massetti “slit” her throat with a serrated steak knife.
“I said, ‘What is this?’ ‘How could you do that?’ I told him that I loved him with all my heart and how much he meant to me. I ran outside in the freezing cold and called 111.
“I was too scared to come into the house in case he committed suicide. The police found me in the middle of the road,” Prebble said.
Massetti: “I was trying to defend myself”
Massetti told the Herald on Sunday that his lawyer advised him not to comment too much, but said: “I was trying to defend myself.”
“I am very shaken and upset by the whole situation but I am disappointed with her.”
Massetti claimed that Prebble threw a bucket of water at him, damaging his iPhone, and took some of his belongings.
He also denied his claim that he had slit his throat.
Massetti married twice before the start of his Loto winning streak in 2018. He won $ 1 million on May 7 of that year before hitting the jackpot again five days later with a prize of $ 1. , $ 47 million.
Incredibly, he got lucky for the third time by winning an additional $ 48,000 in a Powerball draw. All of his winning tickets were purchased from the same store in Bondi.
This hat trick follows earlier victories in 2012 for the former funeral director who has not worked since. With his earnings, he bought luxury European cars, Tag Heuer watches, Tiffany jewelry and Louis Vuitton handbags for Prebble. He paid $ 50,000 for a ticket for the couple to travel first class to Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Prebble said she believed Massetti had “wasted” all of her Lottery winnings. She was angry that he was able to claim a benefit in this country.
“He gets $ 400 a week. It angers me when people get benefits when they can work. He plays on his mental health, which pisses me off because there are real people in need. of that money, “Prebble said.
The couple had a volatile relationship history before Prebble traveled to New Zealand.
“Being alone is tough,” Prebble said.
“I know there are people out there who want to show me the important things I’m supposed to have in life. I didn’t need cars, purses or jewelry, I was happy 45% of the time. time.
“But I think that was the ‘norm’ I got used to. I’m not denying that I need help – everyone told me to leave it years ago.”
In an interview with the Herald on Sunday last month, Massetti was unwilling to discuss how much of his Lotto money he had left and denied he was on sick pay.
He said some people thought he was broke, but he said he had investments he could live on.
Prebble said Massetti had not apologized to her and that they were prohibited from having any contact, which she said was a “relief”.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-12 17:00:00