Lotto players are spending thousands in the hope of hitting a
jackpot that could give them enough money to buy 150 new
Lamborghini sports cars.
Last night, a $27 million Powerball wasn't struck. It
jackpots once more, to $30 million, which must be won next
A survey of 16 of New Zealand's luckiest stores yesterday
found the largest amount spent in one go was $10,000 at Lotto
Temptations in Birkenhead, in 2003.
Among the 16 Lotto agents, many reported people spending more
than $450 on trying to make their dream come true.
But some couldn't talk on the telephone yesterday as they had
queues of customers out the doors.
The Lucky Lotto Shop in Rotorua reported one customer spent
more than $1,000 yesterday morning.
David Smolenski, who owns the Richmond Night N Day Foodstore
with his wife Amber, said many people had doubled their Lotto
spending this week.
"People who usually don't add Powerball to their tickets are
coming in and adding it, which doubles the cost of the
ticket," he said.
United Video Blockhouse Bay owner Harry Wadan said he expects
big spending every time a Lotto jackpot balloons.
"The customers who put $3000 on tickets are the ones who only
come in once a year when it gets really big and must be won."
Auckland University Associate Professor of Statistics Ross
Ihaka put the odds of winning a $20 million windfall at 1 in
"A comparable event would be if you tossed a coin 25 times
and it came up heads every time," he said.