New Zealand - Powerball
The New Zealand Powerball is an easy secondary game in the NZ Lotto which gets played alongside the main game. The minimum Powerball jackpot is NZ $3 million and it increases every week that the correct numbers haven’t been chosen.
Lottery Odds And Statistics
The Powerball is played every Saturday evening at 8 p.m. New Zealand time on TV2. Once the 6 main NZ Lotto numbers are drawn a Powerball number is selected from its own machine. Players select a number from 1 to 10 and that number becomes the Powerball number. If someone gets all six numbers correct in the NZ Lotto plus the Powerball number, they are the Powerball winner for that week. The odds of winning the massive jackpot are 1 in 38 million. Second prize winner odds come in at 1:3.8 million. There are a dozen ways to win and the odds creep all the way up to just 1 in 363!
Lottery Security And Results
Over NZ$3.75 billion has been paid out to lucky lotto winners since its creation. NZ$432 million of this was Powerball winnings. Over a million people have claimed prizes from all over the world, since the NZ Lotto can be played in any country. While jackpot amounts do roll over in the Powerball lottery there is a cap of NZ$30 million. If no one has chosen the correct numbers the lottery commission operates a “Must Be Won” draw until a winner comes forward. The largest NZ Lotto Powerball win was NZ$17 million claimed by a lucky player from Northland in 2006.
The New Zealand Lotto started back in 1985 when the government decided it could be a good source of additional revenue. They created the New Zealand Lotteries Commission two years later and the lottery was born. Revenue goes toward enhancing the lives of the people of New Zealand. Since then the lottery has become a staple of New Zealand culture.
Powerball is the NZ Lotto’s bonus game. Choose six numbers for the main lotto plus a Powerball number from 1 to 10 and you could be the multi-million NZ winner! Jackpots are awarded in lump sums direct to your bank account, it couldn’t be any easier to play and win. Proceeds from the NZ Powerball go toward New Zealand’s various youth and cultural programs.