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Lotto Jackpot: $30 Million at Stake – How to Claim Your Prize and Skip the Lines Before the Big Draw

The Herald answers all your lottery questions, including where to get tickets, how to claim your prize and what happens if the jackpot keeps rising.

Lotto Powerball has won a $30 million jackpot this weekend – the second month in a row such a big prize has been up for grabs.

Last month, a single ticket sold in the Lower North Island town of Carterton took home the same jackpot – the largest amount yet in 2024.

It was later revealed that the winning ticket was purchased by a family syndicate in Wellington.

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Lotto NZ revealed the family were casual players who only buy a ticket when the jackpot exceeds $20 million.

Lottery counters in New Zealand are always busy before the big prizes, especially with the recent closure of some lottery counters in supermarkets.

Get your Lotto tickets in advance

Lotto NZ encourages players to arrive early, picking up a ticket before draw day or early on Saturday, to avoid peak times in stores and online.

To see the results as they are released, watch the draw live on TVNZ 1. Photo / Michael Bradley
To see the results as they are released, watch the draw live on TVNZ 1. Photo / Michael Bradley

Punters must have purchased the physical yellow ticket in store or online via MyLotto by 7.30pm on Saturday for the 8pm draw.

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For bigger prizes, there is a greater demand on MyLotto to purchase and verify tickets.

Lotto NZ has created a virtual queue to manage peak times; To avoid the online queue, Lotto NZ encourages customers to buy their tickets earlier in the day.

Tickets can be verified in person at a Lotto counter or online if ticket holders have a MyLotto account.

What to do if you win?

Ticket holders can immediately see if they have won if they purchased a ticket through MyLotto and prizes of $1,000 or less are automatically credited to the account.

For prizes over $1,000, winners must complete an online prize form.

Tickets can be consulted in the store the next day.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Tickets can be consulted in the store the next day. Photo / Dean Purcell

Results are available immediately after the draw live on TVNZ 1 around 8:30pm on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

They can be found through the MyLotto app and online at lotto.nz.co.nz or at Lotto NZ retailers and at nzherald.co.nz.

Winners with a physical ticket must still visit a Lotto retailer to claim their prize.

To claim the Powerball jackpot, the ticket holder must match all six Lotto numbers, as well as the added Powerball number.

What happens to the jackpot if no one wins?

If the jackpot is not claimed tonight, the prize rolls over each drawing until it is won.

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The longest Powerball jackpot in Lotto NZ history before it was reached was 24 consecutive draws.

If more than one person wins Powerball, the jackpot is split evenly among the winning tickets.

Lotto NZ said when one person wins a jackpot there is a domino effect.

“Most, if not all, of our big winners share their winnings with others, including family, friends, communities and charities. “This means that winning makes a big difference for more than one person,” a Lotto spokeswoman said.

According to the rules of the game, the Powerball jackpot cannot exceed $50 million or last more than 52 games, so when it reaches any of these points, there is a drawing that must be won.

New Zealand winnings are small compared to foreign lotteries. This month, a lottery player in South Australia won the Powerball jackpot of A$150 million ($162 million), the third-largest lottery prize in Australian history.

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The ticket was purchased at an Adelaide lottery store and the identity of the winner remains a mystery.

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