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While two Auckland Lotto players won a mind-blowing $25.1 million share of Saturday night’s record-breaking $50 million Powerball jackpot, three southern players also had life-changing wins.
Lotto NZ communication and corporate social responsibility head Marie Winfield said a ticket bought from the Milton Night ‘n Day was one of three across New Zealand to win $333,333 in Saturday’s $1 million Strike Must-Be-Won draw.
Staff at the Milton store said no-one had been in to present the winning ticket yet, and excitement was building among them about who it would be, and what it would be like when the moment came to process it.
They hoped the winner would be someone local.
The other two winning tickets were sold at Blagdon Four Square, in New Plymouth, and on MyLotto to a player from Auckland.
A ticket bought from On the Spot Tapanui and another from Balclutha Bookshop Paper Plus were among nine tickets to win a $111,111 share of Lotto division 1.
The other winning tickets were sold at Tai Ping (Auckland), MyLotto (Auckland), Greerton Lotto (Tauranga), Greenmeadows New World (Napier) and Levin New World (Levin).
In addition, the two Auckland players who won $25.1 million each won $25 million from Powerball division1, as well as $111,111 from the Lotto top division.
While the winners would be celebrating, Ms Winfield said community groups around the country would also be seeing benefits.
"Lotto NZ exists to generate essential funding for Kiwi communities - it’s why we’re here.
"With 100% of Lotto NZ’s profits helping support over 3000 good causes around the country, every ticket bought helps make a real difference in Kiwi communities," she said.