Lucky Powerball winners get $19m each

Photo: NZ Herald
Photo: NZ Herald

It'll be the talk of Warkworth and Greytown.

Two winners with tickets bought in the North Island townships have split the $38 million Lotto Powerball prize on Wednesday night, each taking home just over $19 million.

The winning numbers were: 12, 8, 5, 36, 28 and 18. The bonus ball was 40 and the Powerball was 5.

Lotto outlets said they dealt with high customer numbers all day, with many shops having their busiest day ever.

The lucky tickets were sold at Fresh Choice Greytown and New World in Warkworth. 

Lotto spokeswoman Jessica O'Sullivan said the prize was made up of $19 million with Powerball First Division and $166,167 with Lotto First Division.

Lucky tickets also sold in Invercargill, Greymouth 

Four other Lotto players from Invercargill, Auckland, Whakatane and will also be celebrating, after each winning $166,667 with Lotto First Division.

The winning tickets were sold at Windsor New World in Invercargill,  Halfway Store in Whakatane, Te Aro Night n Day in Wellington and on MyLotto to a player from Auckland.

Strike Four was also won by three players in Greymouth, Palmerston North and Upper Hutt, who each take home $66,667. 

The winning Strike tickets were sold at New World in Greymouth, Countdown Kelvin Grove in Palmerston North and Trentham Mini Mart in Upper Hutt.

In November last year, a young couple from Dairy Flats on the Hibiscus Coast took home $44 million in a must-be-won draw, the single biggest win since Lotto started in New Zealand in 1987.

On Wednesday they shared some advice on how to cope with new-found wealth, including getting a good financial adviser on board.

“They can help you map out a good idea of what you want to achieve with your winnings, including giving gifts, investing for the future, and just making sure the money will last.”

Anyone who bought their ticket from any of the above winning locations should write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at or through the Lotto NZ App.

Players can phone Lotto on 0800 695 6886 if they want to inquire about the best way to claim a prize.

Had Powerball not been struck, the prize had the potential to reach a must-win jackpot of $50 million; a change announced by Lotto NZ earlier this year.


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