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$50 Million Anyone?




Lotto’s mammoth $50m jackpot must be won this Saturday

The country’s biggest ever Lotto Powerball Jackpot worth $50 million will be won on Saturday night.

If a single player is lucky enough to win the $50m jackpot, they’ll make history as the largest prize winner ever.

The mammoth prize features in a “must be won draw” – which means at least one person will be seeing money flood their bank account this weekend.

But if there are no first division winners, the entire jackpot rolls down to the next division – meaning there could be multiple winners on the night.

These winners could be from the second or third division. If there is more than one winner in that prize division, then the prize is shared evenly among all of the winners.

Saturday night’s draw will be the sixth time in history that Powerball has reached a must be won draw with a jackpot of over $30m.

In three of the five draws, the Powerball jackpot was split by multiple players.

The first must be won draw over $30m was in October 2008 when five players – from Auckland (2), Wellington (2) and Reefton (1) – split the $30.5m jackpot and took home $6.1m each, a statement from Lotto said.

Three years later, a player from Dannevirke and another from Hamilton split a $35.2m jackpot and banked $17.4m each.

In September 2013 one player from Auckland took home $33m – which is currently the second-largest win in Powerball history.

Listened to Talk back Radio all week. The number of wowsers who said it is too much for one person and it should be shared by 40/50 winners was astounding. I bet none of them actually bought tickets.

I feel sorry for any business in retail this week. Lotto sales take out of the economy huge amounts of discretionary spending for most. But there will be 1,000’s who will buy tickets who cannot afford to do so.



  1. Good luck to everyone who has a ticket! The delicious anticipation of a huge lotto win and what you could spend it on may be the only enjoyment to come of your investment in a ticket so make sure you wallow in your expectation right up to the draw… of someone else’s numbers. 🤗 🤗 🤗 .

    I won 2nd division in the first lotto draw in 1987. It was awesome until reality hit when I got paid out my winnings of $57.00!! We still take the same numbers and 33 years later we are still waiting for a repeat of those numbers. 😂



    • If you keep on doing the same thing you have always done then you will get the same result.
      Bangs head on wall reapeatedly.



      • Not exactly Viking. I’m not generally lucky with lotteries so don’t buy the tickets as I actually believe you’re probably better off keeping the $$ in your pocket each week. Hubby however used to be quite lucky with his lotto wins and stays ahead of losing. He’s the tinny one in the family and enjoys the flutter where I am just more ‘careful’ with money. 😊



      • $57 was disappointing. Could have done with a big win back then!! The winning pot was tiny on the first draw so my payout reflected that. 😕 😕 😕



  2. I believe that money has more value if you work for it. I don’t gamble as a matter of principle (but then, that’s just me).

    Confucius said that a man standing on the side of hill with mouth open will have to wait a very long time for roast duck to fly in.



  3. Have taken same numbers since the start but don’t take powerball.

    Countdown Hastings had a queue today .
    Asked a guy in a lotto shop if the ordinary lotto is a different pool to the powerball and he said yes.
    Have never really thought about that so there are two pools running at the same time.



    • If you win without a Powerball ticket you get a $100,000 or so. Not sure of amount but it definitely not the $50million unless you have the Powerball number as well.
      Hubby has his (our) ticket
      Good luck for all those who are in to win!



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