Invercargill ticket one of 10 winners getting $5m

No-one won tonight's Powerball draw. Photo: File
In last night's "must be won" draw, there were no First Division winners, so the jackpot rolled down to Powerball Second Division. Photo: File
Ten lucky Kiwis have each won a $5 million share of last night's mammoth $50 million Powerball jackpot.

In last night's "must be won" draw, there were no First Division winners, so the jackpot rolled down to Powerball Second Division, where there were 10 winners.

The winning tickets were sold at the following stores:

  • Lincoln Heights Superette
  • MyLotto - x5 tickets in Auckland
  • MyLotto - Tauranga
  • Andrew Spence Pharmacy - Napier
  • Melody's New World - New Plymouth
  • Collingwood Foodcentre - Invercargill

Each prize is made up of $5 million from Powerball First Division, $7,631 Powerball Second Division and $16,368 from Lotto Second Division making a total prize of $5,023,999.

"Kiwis all over the country have been dreaming about what they would do if they won Powerball and now ten lucky players are about to find out," said Marie Winfield, Head of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility at Lotto NZ.

"We're so thrilled that Powerball rolled down to Second Division and 10 families get to experience what it's like to win Powerball, their lives are about to change, and we can't wait to celebrate with them!"

Ten Lotto players will also be celebrating after winning a $100,000 share of Lotto First Division.

The winning tickets were sold at the following stores:

  • Massey Amcal Pharmacy
  • Countdown Manurewa
  • MyLotto x2 in Auckland
  • My Lotto - Tauranga
  • Paper Plus Taupo
  • Smith Hare & Christison - Carteron
  • MyLotto - Nelson
  • MyLotto - Canterbury
  • Wyndham Four Square - Wyndham

And the winning doesn't stop there.

Strike Four was also won last night by two players from Kerikeri and Auckland who each took home $300,000.

The winning Strike tickets were sold at New World Kerikeri in Kerikeri and on MyLotto to a player from Auckland.

Last night's numbers: 8, 23, 27, 21, 12 and 22. The Bonus ball 16, and the Powerball 1.

While winners around the country are celebrating following last night's draw, community groups around New Zealand will also be seeing the benefit.

"Lotto NZ exists to generate essential funding for Kiwi communities, it's why we're here,"" said Winfield.

"One hundred per cent of Lotto NZ's profits support over 3,000 good causes every year, so a massive thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, you're helping to make a real difference in the lives of Kiwis around the country."

Anyone who bought their ticket from any of the winning stores should write their name on the back of the ticket and check it online at mylotto.co.nz or through the Lotto NZ App.

"We know New Zealanders will be excited to check their ticket after last night's $50 million Must Be Won draw," said Winfield.

"Keeping everyone safe is our main priority right now, so if you are planning to check your ticket in-store, it's really important that you keep yourself and others safe by following the Government's health and safety guidelines."

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

"Announcing the results of last night's draw took us longer than usual – we're really sorry to keep our players waiting," Winfield apologised.

"The delay was because of the sheer volume of tickets purchased for the draw, and the fact that we sold more online tickets than ever before.

"Because of the delay our counters in-store will open late today.

"As communicated yesterday, customers who bought their ticket online will be unable to log into their account to check their ticket until later this afternoon – we don't have an exact time yet as we are processing an unprecedented number of winning tickets, and this takes time.

"We will keep customers updated on our MyLotto website and app."

This is the seventh time Powerball has reached a Must Be Won draw with a jackpot of over $30 million.

Comments

New Zealand may be a leader in many things but website building does not seem to be one of them. What an absolute shambles the lotto results were last night. The lotto computer couldn't seem to handle all the ticket checking and the volume of traffic created by selling more than two million tickets. Lotto put out an apology this morning but that doesn't mean anything when the system doesn't even work. And it's not like they don't have the money to create a website to handle huge amounts of traffic either. In the future there will undoubtedly be more huge draws like last nights one so why doesn't someone in the lotto office use their brains and build a website that can handle these huge draws......I would have thought it was simple commonsense.

18:55 on Sunday and it is still not possible to log into the mylotto website. You can enter your login details but you get an error to say that the service is unavailable. At least it's a step further than it was at 18:00 when clicking the login link came straight back with a static error message and no option to enter login details.

You would think that the earlier big jackpot and the months-old COVID situation would have given the owners some idea what may happen now. Apparently not.

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