History of the New Zealand Powerball
The New Zealand Powerball lottery was founded by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission (NZLC) in August of 1987. The largest prize in the lotto's history was reached in a 'Must Be Won' draw which was held on Saturday September 28th, 2013.Following 15 rollovers since the lottery's NZ$ 5 million starting point, Lotto NZ Powerball reached a record jackpot of NZ$ 33 million! The New Zealand Powerball lottery can not jackpot after the 1st division jackpot reaches NZ$ 30 million. In order to pocket the jackpot, players must match six regular numbers and the Powerball but as such winner was not found, the top prize trickled down to the 3rd prize category successfully matching five regular numbers + the Powerball + the bonus number - creating a NZ$ 33 million new winner! This occurred five years after the lottery's previous record jackpot of NZ$ 30 million on October 18th, 2008.
New Zealand Powerball Rules
To play the New Zealand lottery online, select 6 balls from a guess range of 1-40 and an additional number from a guess range of 1-10. The additional number is required to win the jackpot as well as several secondary prizes. During the draw, a bonus ball is also drawn from the regular guess set and enable players the opportunity to win additional prize categories. Players can select numbers manually (Natural Selection), use pre-selected numbers saved on theLotter.com (My Numbers), or can have numbers randomly chosen for them (Quick Pick).
Lottery Players on theLotter.com can choose to enter the lottery with 5 and 8 line forms or systematic forms of 8, 9 or 10 numbers which produces all possible entry combinations of the selected numbers and increase the odds of winning a prize. Players can ensure they are entered into all lottery draws as well as receive exclusive discounts with a Subscription or Multi-Draw purchase at theLotter.com.
Online lotto ticket purchasing closes 3 hours before the draws which are held every Saturday at 8:00 GMT. Lotto NZ online results are available on theLotter on Saturday at 16:30 GMT following the draw.
Winning the New Zealand Powerball
The New Zealand lottery Powerball has an impressive 12 prize categories, and to take the first place win, players must successfully guess 6 balls from a guess range of 1-40 as well as the Powerball from a guess range of 1-10. The New Zealand Powerball also offers the possibility that players will match the bonus number, drawn from the same drum as the primary guess set and counted towards selected secondary prizes only.
The NZ Powerball has a starting jackpot of NZ$ 4 million and can continue to grow until reaching the jackpot cap of NZ$ 30 million. If the jackpot reaches NZ$ 30 million without a declared winner, the jackpot will roll down to the next prize division with a winner.
There are no taxes on the New Zealand Powerball and all prizes must be claimed within a year of winning. Jackpots must be collected in person at the New Zealand Lotteries Commission (NZLC) headquarters in Wellington, New Zealand. Additionally, the New Zealand Powerball offers some of the best odds for winning a Powerball lottery.
New Zealand Powerball Lottery Statistics
Every 75 cents from NZ$ 1 of lottery profits from New Zealand Powerball sales is apportioned toward the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board. The board allocates 55 cents from their share to the prize fund and 20 cents towards charitable funding. The highest jackpot of NZ$ 33 million was claimed on September 28th 2013, following the former record NZ$ 30 million from October 2008.
New Zealand Powerball Lottery Anecdotes
Helpful Luck - New Zealand Lottery Grants Board was created by the New Zealand government for the purpose of portioning lottery funds to a variety of needy organizations. The board ensures that funds reach a wide variety of organizations ranging from arts and culture including the ‘Creative New Zealand’ group and the ‘Sport and Recreation New Zealand’ organisation. As of 2012, the board has contributed more than NZ$ 2.8 billion to New Zealand organisations.
Those who enjoy the great Powerball lottery play format might enjoy other Powerball lotteries such as the Australia Powerball, the world- famous USA Powerball lottery, or the South Africa Powerball lotto.