Last year there was all cheers for a Hamilton player who had the best day, after winning $1 million in Lotto’s first division. The winning ticket was sold at Hamilton’s Flagstaff Supervalue. The winning Powerball numbers were 06, 08, 15, 17, 21 and 23. The bonus ball was 29 and Powerball was 2.
That lucky winner isn’t the only new millionaire in town though – the Aucklander who won $12.2 million from Powerball Saturday lotto had not claimed the winnings at the time of writing.
How to play Powerball Lotto in New Zealand?
Lotto, Powerball, and Strike are the games to play if you want the chance to win big prizes. You can play twice a week with draws on Wednesday and Saturday.
The aim of the game is to match the numbers on your ticket to the ones drawn.
To play Lotto, you need six numbers (from 1 to 40) to make a line on your ticket. You need to play at least four lines to enter a draw.
You can pick your own numbers or play a Dip, where random numbers are chosen for you by our system.
At each live Lotto draw six winning Lotto numbers plus one bonus ball are drawn.
There are seven Lotto Prize Divisions. Division 1 is the top prize. To win Division 1 you need to match all six winning Lotto numbers on a single line of your ticket.
Division 7 is the easiest division to win. To win you need to match any three of the winning Lotto numbers on a single line of your ticket.
Add a Powerball to any Lotto line to be in to win the big Powerball jackpot. To play Powerball, you need to add a Powerball number between 1 and 10 to each line of your Lotto ticket. If a winning Lotto line also has the correct Powerball number, your prize gets even bigger.
Three Best Ways to play Powerball Lottery in New Zealand
The Three Best Ways to play Powerball Lottery in New Zealand are:
- You can play Lotto NZ’s games online
- Or with the official Lotto NZ App
- Or go to any of the over 1,400 stores nationwide to buy your Powerball Lotto ticket manually.
To play online join the MyLotto website on your PC and all you need is to create an account.
It’s easy to open a MyLotto account – all you need is a New Zealand bank account and a New Zealand-issued Visa or MasterCard.
If you don’t have a New Zealand-issued Visa or MasterCard, you will need to send copies of any two of the following forms of ID:
- New Zealand Drivers Licence
- Firearms Licence
- New Zealand Birth Certificate
- New Zealand Marriage Certificate
- A document evidencing a bank account in your name (e.g. deposit slip)
- New Zealand-issued International Drivers Licence
You can deposit funds into your MyLotto account either by credit card (Visa, Visa Debit, or MasterCard only) or from your bank account using phone banking or online bill payment.
To top up online: Log in to MyLotto, Tap the balance icon in the top right of the screen, click the ‘Top Up’ button and you will see options to top up with a linked credit card or via internet banking.
- There is a weekly top-up limit of $150. This is the maximum amount you can deposit to your Player Funds per week.
- For a single transaction, the minimum deposit amount is $1. The maximum deposit amount is $150.
- Remember any deposit you make cannot cause your Player Funds balance to exceed $999.
When you’re buying a ticket, you’ll see a purple bar drop-down under the top menu. This will give you information about the ticket you’re purchasing and what you’ll need to do next to confirm your purchase. It also has a handy ‘Buy’ button.
Your current and past tickets can be found easily in the ‘Tickets’ link at the top of your account page. The ‘Tickets’ icon will only show if you are logged in. This will link you to a page to view any Favourites or Subscriptions you have set up. From this page, you can also view details of Active and Completed tickets.
To play Powerball Lotto with your mobile app or purchase Lotto, Strike and Keno in the App and play Instant Kiwi online games by logging in with your MyLotto account. The official Lotto NZ App is available for both Android and iOS.
The rest of the process to sign up and buying online tickets is same as mentioned above.
To play Powerball Lotto from your nearby store you can visit it physically any of the 1400 lottery retailers in the country from Houhora to Stewart Island. Tickets for a range of lotto games are now also available for purchase at the checkout at selected Countdown and Z stores around the country.
The cost per play for the NZ Lotto is NZ$0.70. However, because each Lotto ticket must contain at least four lines, a standard ticket will cost $2.80. Players who wish to play the Lotto can choose their numbers manually or use the Random Pick option which allows the system to automatically generate and select random numbers for the player. The Basic Lucky Dip which is the least expensive Lotto Dip option costs $5.60 for eight lines.
The sale of tickets for the NZ Lotto close every draw night at 7:30 PM NZST and open afterwards until the night of the next draw. For a player to win the first-tier prize of the Lotto which is the jackpot, he/she has to match all the six main numbers drawn on a single line.
Other prizes include the second division prize which is won when a player successfully matches five of the six main numbers plus the Bonus Ball, the third division prize which is won when a player matches five of the six numbers drawn excluding the Bonus ball number, and the fourth and six division prizes won by matching the Bonus ball number and four or three balls respectively.
There also exists fifth and seventh division prizes won by matching 4 or 3 balls without the Bonus ball. The seventh division prize is fixed at four bonus lines while the other prizes depend on the sale of tickets.
Anyone who bought their ticket there should write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online or through the Lotto NZ App.
How to know you are a winner?
You can check the results of almost all the lottery games in NZ by the above three methods of play. Check results online at My lotto site or with the app or at the lottery store.
If you are a winner prizes of $1,000 or less will automatically be credited to your MyLotto account. If you’re lucky enough to win a prize over $1,000, you will need to complete an online prize claim form
Also, you’ll receive a message to your online account with a link to the online prize claim form, which is quick and easy to complete. While all prizes of more than $1,000 are paid directly to your nominated bank account, you need to confirm your bank account and contact details. If you’re changing your bank account number for your prize payment, you’ll need to send in a deposit slip or bank statement confirming the new account.
Lotto is drawn at 8.20 pm every Wednesday and at 8 pm every Saturday. The draw is also broadcast live on TV1 and available on TVNZ On Demand.