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How to play the New Zealand Powerball
Playing the New Zealand Powerball and picking possible winning numbers are easy and straight-forward. Simply buy a ticket from a Local Retailer to stand a chance to win big cash prizes.
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What is the New Zealand Powerball?

The New Zealand Powerball is an additional game to the main Lotto draw, in which players have the chance to pick and match an additional number in order to increase their Lotto winnings.

New Zealand Powerball Draw Schedule.

The New Zealand Powerball draw take place twice a week, on both Wednesday and Saturday evenings, at the Avalon Studios in Lower Hutt, Wellington. The draws are broadcast live on television on channel TV2.

How to play the New Zealand Powerball?

Players can only take part in New Zealand Powerball by playing New Zealand Lotto – opting-in to Powerball by paying an additional fee and picking one extra number between 1 and 10.

The minimum Lotto purchase is four lines when chosen by the player themselves, but players can also opt for computer created Dips of ten, 15 or 20 lines of randomly-generated digits.

To win the Powerball, players must match all six Lotto numbers and the Powerball number in any order.

Strike! Is an extra game which can be played independently or together with the NZ Lotto and the Powerball at the cost of NZ$1 per-line.

Predict the first four numbers drawn from the Lotto drum will be.

New Zealand Powerball Prizes

The New Zealand Powerball First Division prize starts off at NZ$4 million but can rise through rollovers. When it reaches NZ$50 million, a ‘Must Be Won’ draw will be held and if there are no top prize winner, the whole amount will be shared amongst the ticket holders in the next winning division.
How to claim your lotto cash prize

Bonus tickets and cash prizes up to and including $1,000: Claim at any Lotto outlet by presenting and surrendering the ticket, and the prize is paid out from the terminal.

All non-cash prizes and cash prizes over $1,000: Claim at any Lotto outlet by presenting and surrendering the ticket. The ticket holder must complete a Prize Claim form, which will be sent along with the ticket to Lotto NZ in Auckland for the claim process.

Prizes over $5,000 and special draw prizes: The terminal operator must call Lotto NZ to unlock the terminal, giving Lotto NZ staff a chance to talk to the winners.

Prizes must be claimed within 12 months of the draw, otherwise the prize is void and the unclaimed money goes back into the prize pool.

History of the New Zealand Powerball

The New Zealand Powerball was introduced in February 2001.

When the New Zealand Powerball was initially introduced, the Powerball number was originally drawn from eight numbers, and the minimum prize was $1 million. The maximum jackpot, which initially was $15 million, was gradually raised up to $30 million.

In October 2007, Powerball underwent a change to ten numbers and the minimum prize was changed to $3 million.

On 3 October 2010, the price per line was raised from $0.50 to $0.60, to cover the cost of the rise in GST from 12.5% to 15%, and to increase the minimum prize to $4 million.

In October 2015, Division 7 was introduced and the maximum jackpot increased from $30 million to $40 million. In April 2017, the price per line changed from $0.60 to $0.80.

Comparison table for the New Zealand Powerball
A full breakdown of the odds and prize divisions for New Zealand Powerball can be found in the table below:
DivisionMatch Required
16 main Lotto numbers and Powerball
1: 38,383,800
25 main Lotto numbers, Bonus Ball and Powerball
1: 6,397,300
35 main Lotto numbers and Powerball
1: 193,858
44 main Lotto numbers, Bonus Ball and Powerball
1: 77,543
54 main Lotto numbers and Powerball
1: 4,846
63 main Lotto numbers, Bonus Ball and Powerball
1: 3,635
73 main Lotto numbers and Powerball
1: 352
Powerball Prize Tiers

Draw one ball from ten.
All prize tiers need the player to match the Powerball, along with the stated number of balls from the six main Lotto numbers.

DivisionLotto nos.Bonus ballPb no.Odds per lineOdds per $15 power dipAvg. Prize payout
16NoYes1 in 38,383,800
1 in 3,838,380
Over $11 million
25YesYes1 in 6,397,300
1 in 639,730
35NoYes1 in 193,858
1 in 19,386
44YesYes1 in 77,543
1 in 7,754
54NoYes1 in 4,846
1 in 485
63YesYes1 in 3,635
1 in 363
73NoYes1 in 352
1 in 35
$15 (fixed prize)
Strike! Prize Tiers
All prize tiers need the numbers to be matched in exact order, from the first four Lotto numbers drawn.
Numbers matched
Odds per line
Avg. Prize payout
Strike 4
Match the exact order of the first four Lotto numbers drawn
1 in 2,193,360
Over $300,000
Strike 3
Match the exact order of any three of the four Lotto numbers drawn
1 in 15,232
Strike 2
Match the exact order of any two of the four Lotto numbers drawn
1 in 274
Strike 1
Match the exact order of any one of the four Lotto numbers drawn
1 in 11
Bonus line (fixed prize)

Tips for playing the New Zealand Powerball

Remember – there’s no real way to predict the set of winning numbers as drawings are completely random, but there are tried and tested ways to increase your chance to win. The probability that you will win the next draw is monumental – but it can still be tons of fun to try!
Just a few thoughts before we get into it –

Previous results have no bearing on future ones.

The key to successful lotto number selection methods are playing the probabilities.

If you play a pattern that occurs only five percent of the time, you can expect that pattern to lose 95 percent of the time, giving you no chance to win 95 percent of the time. So, don't buck the probabilities.

Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. But randomly drawn numbers form patterns that can be tracked and used to your advantage.

We will pop in some fun strategies and bonus tips along the line for good measure!

Play the Right Games

There is a selection of lottery games—and they each have different odds of winning.

Read the odds to ensure you're maximizing your chances of winning.

Pick up some scratch cards. Yes, they offer smaller prizes but higher chances of winning overall.

#Strategie1: Identifying Hot numbers, Cold numbers, Overdue Numbers

To use the hot, cold, overdue strategy, analyze the results of your chosen lottery – see which numbers have been drawn recently and which haven’t, at least 50 drawings is needed to get a decent sample size.

Hot numbers: Picked most frequently

Cold numbers: drawn less frequently overall.

Overdue numbers: are ones that have not shown up in recent weeks.

Some players claim that creating a set of winning numbers by mixing hot, cold, and overdue numbers gives players an edge.
Bonus Tip:
Look at a list of past winning numbers for New Zealand Powerball, and you’ll see, more often than not, one or more of the number groups are not represented. For example, in the combination 5-14-17-32-38-46, there are no 20’s. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you make an informed choice.
Don’t Miss a Lottery Win!
One MegaMillions lottery ticket worth nearly $300,000 was never claimed!

Keep your ticket somewhere that is safe and easy to find

Make a note of the drawing date and time in your calendar

Check and Double-check the numbers against your ticket

Use a lottery app to keep track

#Strategie2: Pick Traditional Lucky Numbers

According to a poll run by mathematician Alex Bellos, seven is not surprisingly the most popular lucky number in the world.

Seven days of the week, seven wonders of the world, seven continents, seven seas, and the list goes on.

Other traditional lucky numbers include three (as in “good things come in threes”) and four.

Play Second-Chance Games (Where Possible)
Many lotteries offer second-chance drawings on non-winning tickets giving players a bonus chance to be a winner.

#Strategie3: Pick Traditional Lucky Numbers

Pick numbers that have a personal meaning to you. For example, birthdays, a wedding anniversary, or the birthdays of kids and/or grandkids.

Apart from dates consider the number of kids you have or the house number of your childhood home – whatever feels lucky to you.

Just a little note on this play, when it comes to picking lottery numbers, dates are just as popular and many people will play them. On the other hand, dates often show up among the most popular lottery numbers!

Bonus Tip! Play a balanced game
After you choose six numbers you want to play, add them together and make sure that the sum of the six numbers adds up to between 122 and 196. Sums that fall within that range will account for over 70 percent of all lottery jackpots won.
Take Steps to Secure Winning Lottery Tickets
Sign it! Your signature on the back of a lottery ticket can help you prove that it is indeed yours if it gets lost or stolen.

#Strategie4: Use Numerology to Pick Lucky Numbers

Horoscopes: Lucky Numbers for Today

If you’d like to find lucky numbers without having to play around with numbers yourself, your daily horoscope is a good place to turn.

Many horoscopes include predictions of which days will be lucky for you (and you can try playing the lottery on those days).

Horoscopes: Lucky Numbers for Today

Picking certain numbers may offer you a slight advantage, not for your chances of winning, but for your payout.

If you win a lottery jackpot, there is a chance that you might have to split the payout with players who picked the same numbers, so you might as well try to select rarer numbers to improve your odds of keeping more of the payout for yourself.

#Strategie5: Lucky Number Generators

The simplest way to find lucky numbers to play is simply to use a generator. Lucky number generators use numerology, or perhaps simply randomness, to find numbers for you.

Bonus Tip:

In Lotto 6/52, on average, one lottery number will be a repeat hit from the last drawing 56 percent of the time.

Just a note About #LotteryStrategies

Finding and playing lucky numbers is based on fun more than facts.  Mathematically, every number has an equal chance of being chosen as a winner.

Remember that there are disadvantages to using traditional lucky numbers as lottery numbers: a lot of other players will be using them, too. That means that if these numbers do win, players chances of having to split the jackpot are high. 

Why the New Zealand Powerball is so popular?

Not only does the New Zealand Powerball offer players “top prize” payouts, but it has multiple ways and chances to win.  As previous results and jackpot payouts will show, the New Zealand Powerball offers players of any income a chance to win and dream BIG! The New Zealand Powerball the most pay-outs throughout the prize categories, which makes it a solid choice nationwide and abroad.

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Odds of winning The New Zealand Powerball

A full breakdown of the odds and prize divisions for New Zealand Powerball can be found in the table below:

DivisionMatch Required
16 main Lotto numbers and Powerball
1: 38,383,800
25 main Lotto numbers, Bonus Ball and Powerball
1: 6,397,300
35 main Lotto numbers and Powerball
1: 193,858
44 main Lotto numbers, Bonus Ball and Powerball
1: 77,543
54 main Lotto numbers and Powerball
1: 4,846
63 main Lotto numbers, Bonus Ball and Powerball
1: 3,635
73 main Lotto numbers and Powerball
1: 352
Is the New Zealand Powerball a Scam?

Absolutely not! The New Zealand Powerball was launched in February 2001, an is still going strong over 19 years later.

The largest jackpot in history was recorded on the 29th of February 2020, when a NZ$50 million Must Be Won draw was held succeeding 17 consecutive rollovers. Two players matched all the numbers and landed a staggering NZ$25 million each.

The biggest prize ever won by a single ticket holder was recorded on the 9th of November 2016, when a couple from Dairy Flat won a massive pay-out of NZ$44 million.

Unfortunately, fake wins with other institutions have become a regular occurrence – Scammers are getting increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money or personal details. Be alert and protect yourself from being scammed by following our tips.   

Most important and Step 1 – If you think you have provided your bank account or credit card details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

A lottery scam is an attempt to fraudulently extract money from someone by pretending to be a legitimate lottery company or winning player. It has sadly become a too common method of deception as such scams prey on people’s desire to win money and the popularity of big lottery games.

Did you receive a notification that you have won a prize in a lottery? Perhaps the Microsoft Lottery? If so, don’t get too enthusiastic as this is almost certainly a scam.  Players need to find the winning numbers in a newspaper, the internet, or on TV and compare them to their ticket. 

Win notices from foreign lotteries are even more suspicious. Not only do foreign lotteries have the same restriction as domestic lotteries, but it is also illegal to sell tickets for foreign lotteries across international borders.

Therefore, unless a player actually was in a foreign country and bought a lottery ticket, foreign lottery notifications are frauds.

Only buy tickets from authorized lottery retailers.

Offers to sell international lottery tickets by mail or online are usually illegal.

If you didn't buy a lottery ticket or participate in a second-chance lottery game, you didn't win no matter how convincing a text message may sound.

The lottery doesn't notify players when you win; players alone are responsible for checking your winning tickets.

Players are NEVER required to pay money up-front to receive a winning lottery prize.

lottery scam is a type of advance-fee fraud which begins with an unexpected email notification, phone call, or mailing (sometimes including a large check) explaining that “You have won!” a large sum of money in a lottery.

What to do:

If you receive a letter or email claiming that you won a prize for the New Zealand Powerball but did not enter, it is strongly recommended that you:

Delete or destroy the letter or email immediately.

Do not open any link contained in a suspicious email.

Do not respond to, or contact, the sender.

Do not disclose any personal or financial information.

Do not send any money.

If you have already responded, break off contact with the fraudster immediately.

If you have provided personal or financial details, alert your bank immediately.

If you receive a suspicious email, or believe you have been the victim of internet fraud, report it to the police.

  • If players feel that their computer or device has been hacked or infected with malware or ransomware, run a virus check immediately!
  • If players suspect one of your online accounts (e.g. your bank account, email, online shopping account or social networking site) has been compromised, change passwords immediately. Most reputable websites provide step-by-step instructions for how players can recover a hacked account.

Clues to look for:

The email is sent from a free webmail address (e.g.,, @gmail etc.)

The letter or email starts with something vague like ‘Dear Winner’.

Scam letters are often on poor quality, photocopied letterhead (although some will include a genuine business address in an attempt to provide legitimacy).

Strict time limit to claim the ‘prize’. This is intended to put the potential victim under pressure and deter them from seeking advice or investigating the matter further.

Confidentiality is often demanded as a ‘condition of winning’. Again, this is to deter the recipient from seeking the advice of friends or family who may be more familiar with this type of scam.

Poor spelling, grammar and syntax are usually a good indication that the letter or email is a scam.

The biggest note to remember – It’s impossible to win a lottery without buying a ticket!

Scammers will often try to take advantage when you’re feeling vulnerable and try to extract more money from you through a follow up scam. A common follow up scams includes: Offers from a law enforcement agency to investigate your scam and retrieve your money for a fee. Law enforcement agencies do not charge for their services

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  • The Lotto ticket price has changed (starting from April 2017) to $0.70 per line.
  • Lotto tickets start from $2.80 (four lines minimum)
  • The Powerball ticket price has changed (starting from April 2017) to $0.80 per line.
  • Players can now play Strike! On its own (starting from April 2017). Strike! costs $1 per line.
  • Draw days: Wednesday (8:20 p.m.), Saturday (8:00 p.m.)
  • Sales close at 7:30 p.m. on the evening of each draw
  • Prizes must be claimed within 12 months of draw date
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