Powerball climbs to second highest jackpot ever

Powerball is at $42 million, the second highest its been. File photo.

The Powerball jackpot has climbed to a massive $42 million for Wednesday night’s draw. 

“This is the first time in four years Powerball has been over $40 million,” says Marie Winfield, Head of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Lotto NZ. 

“The last time the jackpot was this high was in 2016 when an Auckland couple won $44 million.

 “Not surprisingly we are seeing increased sales in store with some retailers reporting queues out the door."

 Since January 1, Powerball has jackpotted 16 times. 

If a single player wins the big one this Wednesday, it will be the second largest Powerball prize won in the history of the game, which dates back to 2001. 

“There is a lot of excitement around the draw as people all over New Zealand are dreaming of what they could do with $42 million and how it could change their lives.

“Typically, most customers buy their ticket after work on a Wednesday, so we are encouraging all players to get in early to avoid long queues. Don’t leave it to the last minute – you’ve got to be in to win!”

 Four years ago, Lotto NZ had the largest ever Powerball win when a couple from the Hibiscus Coast won $44 million after purchasing their ticket from Dairy Flat Food Mart and Liquor.

Like all lotteries, our games are based on a large number of people paying a small amount of money in the hope of winning a small number of large prizes.

"At all times Lotto NZ encourages our customers to play responsibly – this is all about having fun, being informed and knowing your limits. For more information on the tools and resources we offer, visit MyLotto."

Largest Powerball wins by an individual 







Nov 2016

$44.1 million

Dairy Flat Food Mart and Liquor



Sep 2013

$33.1 million

One Step Ahead



Sep 2017

$30.2 million

Richmond Superette



Oct 2010

$28.7 million

Mobil Papakura



May 2017

$27 million

Martina Four Square


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