The NZ (New Zealand Lotto) was started in 1987 and it is managed by the New Zealand Lotto system. Its first draw took place on 1st August 1987 with a jackpot of NZ $ 359,808. It is drawn twice a week today – Every Saturday night and every Wednesday night. They offer NZ $ 1 million of the guaranteed prize in each draw.
How to play NZ Lotto?
To participate, you need to select any 6 numbers from 1 to 40 and play 4 lines minimum. To win, the first prize of NZ Lotto is $1 million. Players must match all 6 numbers drawn with the numbers they played.
A Bonus number draws after 6 main numbers. Thus, it increases its prize value by winning 3, 4, and 5 main numbers matching.
When a player participates in NZ Lotto, they get a chance to have the option to add 2 extra games for an additional cost: Powerball and Strike.
Powerball: Player needs to match a special number and also the main numbers to get a chance to win prizes of up to eight digits.
Strike: The Player needs to guess the first 4 lotto numbers. The more accurate your prediction is, the better the amount of the Strike.
The NZ Lottery draws broadcast live on television and also held on Saturdays at 8:00 pm NZST. Also, it draws on every Wednesday at around 8:20 pm NZST.
You can always check the latest results online to check them shortly after the draw has been held, with the breakdown of all the prizes on the New Zealand Lotto results page.
Eligibility to play NZ Lotto:
Players must be 18 years or above to participate in New Zealand Lotto.
Where to buy?
Tickets can be purchased in a couple of ways. You can buy it from authorized agencies or retail stores if you want to buy it for in-person. There are many points of sale in New Zealand, so you can easily find the place nearby your location. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is only available online. You can buy it through the official website of NZ Lotto.
New Zealand Lotto – Prices and Payouts:
There is a guaranteed jackpot of 1 million dollars for all draws. The odds of the match for the draw are 1 in 3,838,380 which is good if we compare it with other lotteries.
If it has more than 1 winner, the jackpot prize is divided equally among all winners.
Also, there are 6 other prize tiers. The minimum prize has 4 bonus lines. On its top, the odds of winning the smallest prize is one in 35 that is pretty cool in itself.
The players have to come to claim the prize within 12 months of lotto winnings. If the winning prize is lower than $ 1,000, it can be claimed at the authorized retail venues throughout New Zealand. It will be immediate payout after the validity of the winning ticket.
To win bigger prizes, the player needs to claim a form to meet government guidelines for the payouts.