Lotto draw: Do you hold the lucky numbers for tonights $16m Powerball jackpot?

Tonight’s $16 million Powerball jackpot will be drawn at 8pm and the winning numbers will be announced here as soon as they are confirmed.

More than a million tickets are expected to be sold for tonight’s big Powerball draw.

Tonight’s draw will be computer-generated under Audit New Zealand scrutiny.

Live Lotto draws cannot take place while Auckland is in alert level 3 because they do not meet the Health Ministry’s Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Lotto New Zealand says the Powerball jackpot has been on a roll since it was last struck onAugust 21.

That win saw a young woman from Auckland become an overnight millionaire with $11.5 million just as the city entered alert level 4 lockdown.

The woman told the Herald she didn’t realise she had won even after seeing an email from Lotto the morning after the draw, and initially thought her prize was just $11,500.

The truth sank in after she checked a few more times and called Lotto to confirm the win.

“It was unbelievable. My sister and I just sat in the car screaming – it was such a cool moment,” said the woman who did not wish to be named.

“Being in lockdown means there isn’t a lot we can do to celebrate, but I went straight into the supermarket and grabbed a few treats.We actually celebrated with icecreams in the car,” she said.

Her win was the 15th Powerball strike this year, coming just weeks after a MyLotto player from South Canterbury won $5.3m with Powerball First Division.

A Christchurch family with a baby on the way was another lockdown millionaire, winning $1m on the August 29 Lotto First Division draw.

Earlier this month a Wellington couple took home $400,000 from the Strike Four prize.

They were similarly mistaken by the number of zeros on the prize and thought they had won $400 at first.

“I buy a Triple Dip most weeks so had no idea if I’d won something with Lotto, Powerball or Strike – a big win never even crossed my mind to be honest,” the man said.

Strike Four will once again have $400,000 up for grabs after rolling over on Wednesday’s draw.

Some stores are closed due to Covid-19 restrictions and Lotto NZ is expecting high demand on the MyLotto website before sales close on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Powerball wins in 2021

  • January 2: $2.8 million – The Market Store, Twizel
  • January 2: $2.8 million – Fresh Choice, Te Anau
  • January 6: $4.5 million – Te Aroha Supermarket, Te Aroha
  • January 20: $8.5 million – Western Heights Foodmarket, Rotorua
  • February 27: $22.5 million – MyLotto, Christchurch
  • March 13: $8.25 million – Paper Plus, Matamata
  • March 20: $5.2 million – Hornby Mall Lotto, Christchurch
  • March 24: $4.25 million – MyLotto, Northland
  • April 17: $14.25 million – MyLotto, Auckland
  • May 8: $12.3 million – Hylite Dairy, Auckland
  • June 5: $16.5 million – MyLotto , Hamilton
  • June 26: $13 million – New World Merrilands, New Plymouth
  • July 24: $17.16 million – West City Lotto, Auckland
  • July 31: $5.3 million- MyLotto, Ashburton
  • August 21: $11.5 million – MyLotto, Auckland

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