Two Tauranga Lotto winners but do they know yet?
A Tauranga Lotto player has won a $5 million share of Saturday night’s mammoth $50 million Powerball jackpot.
In addition to this, a Tauranga Lotto player has won a $100,000 share of Lotto First Division.
Unless the two players, who won through MyLotto, wrote down their numbers, they will not know if they have won until later today.
Lotto players are still no closer to finding out if they’re holding a winning ticket as Lotto NZ continues to process an unprecedented number of winning tickets.
Despite more than two million tickets being sold for Saturday’s draw, there were no First Division winners again, so the jackpot rolled down to Powerball Second Division, where ten winners were found.
It has meant Lotto NZ has had to delay opening its counters in stores until later on Sunday afternoon; customers who bought their ticket online also won’t be able to log into their account until later in the day.
The ten lucky Powerball players from around the country each won a $5 million share of Saturday night’s mammoth $50 million Powerball jackpot.
The winning tickets were sold in Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Palmerston North and Invercargill.
The winning numbers of the draw were: 8, 23, 27, 21, 12, 22. The bonus number is: 16. The Powerball number is: 1
Each prize is made up of $5 million from Powerball First Division and $7,631 Second Division.
Additionally, ten more players are also celebrating after winning a $100,000 share of Lotto First Division. The winning tickets were sold in Auckland, Tauranga, Taupo, Carterton, Nelson, Canterbury and Wyndham.
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 and on MyLotto to the Auckland player.
While winners around the country are celebrating following last night’s draw, New Zealand community groups are also set to see the benefit.
Spokeswoman Marie Winfield said Lotto generate essentials funding for Kiwi communities, “it’s why we’re here”.
“100 per cent of Lotto NZ’s profits support over 3000 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.”
Immediately following the draw on Saturday night, Lotto NZ announced it did not know when the country would find out how many tickets would split the massive $50 million Powerball jackpot.
“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,” says Marie.
“Because of the delay our counters in-store will open late today. Customers who bought their ticket online will be unable to log into their account to check their ticket until [Sunday] 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.”
If there are no First Division winners in a Must Be Won draw, the entire jackpot rolls down to the next division where there are winners – this is the seventh time Powerball has reached a Must Be Won draw with a jackpot of over $30 million.
You can read more about how a Must Be Won draw works here.