Lotto Powerball: One winner scoops $42m jackpot in one of NZs largest draws ever

The numbers are in New Zealand – and one lucky ticket is now worth $42.2 million.

A single player has won the second-largest Powerball prize ever in New Zealand.

Tonight’s numbers are: 2, 3, 4, 7, 19, 31.

The bonus ball is 8 and the Powerball is 9.

The winning ticket was sold at Countdown Pokeno.

This is the third time the jackpot has been over $40m since November 2016.

“Tonight’s $42.2 million Powerball win is the second largest prize ever won in New Zealand – there’s no denying that it’s a life-changing win,” says Kirsten Robinson – communications manager at Lotto NZ.

“This year is shaping up to be a lucky one for Powerball players, with sixteen Kiwis winning big with Powerball so far this year. We can’t wait to congratulate our newest overnight multi-millionaire.”

The $42.2 million prize is made up of $42 million from Powerball First Division and $200,000 from Lotto First Division.

Four lucky Lotto players will also be celebrating tonight after each winning $200,000 with Lotto First Division in tonight’s Lotto draw. The winning tickets were sold at the following stores:

Lotto’s website is tonight also groaning under the strain of customers trying to check their online tickets, with some players unable to log in to their accounts.

A message on the site says: “We’re currently experiencing issues for players trying to top up, we’re working as quickly as we can to try and fix this. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

Lotto New Zealand says the largest prize won in the country was a $44 million Powerball prize won by a young couple from the Hibiscus Coast in November 2016.

“Wednesday’s $42 million Powerball jackpot is one of the largest prizes ever on offer in New Zealand, it’s one for the Lotto NZ history books,” said senior corporate communications manager Kirsten Robinson.

Some 1.5 million tickets were purchased for Saturday’s $35 million Powerball draw, which did not see a winner.

While players are undoubtedly pumped about the prospect of a life-changing win, level 3 lockdown restrictions mean many retailers are missing out on sales that could get them through the year.

Under level 3 restrictions Lotto outlets in essential services like supermarkets and dairies can open, provided they can meet the health and safety guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health. Outlets in malls or other non-essential stores are unable to open.

A former store owner said big draws were the “lifeline” of Lotto shops so missing out on a share of the action was devastating for many.

“The bigger it gets, the more of a frenzy that occurs because it doesn’t happen that often. Lotto often gets won at $10m, $12m or $20m but when it gets this high it creates such a frenzy and that’s when the Lotto shops will actually make money.

“So retailers wait, sometimes years, for draws like this to happen,” she said.

“If it gets to $50 million it will go absolutely bonkers.”

The woman, who owned a Lotto store for 20 years, said the hype created by such large draws lasted for weeks and was what retailers waited for to get them through the year.

Once the prize pool reached the $50m limit at which it must be won, retailers made thousands of dollars more in commission than they usually would, she said.

“For retailers, it is so incredibly important. It’s literally thousands of dollars that are used to pay wages, rent and expenses over the coming months when things quieten down after the prize gets won.”

Largest Powerball wins of all time

Nov 2016 – $44 million, Dairy Flat Food Mart and Liquor, Auckland

Sep 2013 – $33 million, One Step Ahead, Auckland

Sep 2017 – $30 million, Richmond Superette, Taupo

Oct 2010, $28 million, Mobil Papakura, Auckland

May 2017- $27 million, Martina Four Square, Thames

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