$30 million Powerball draw tonight as Lotto celebrates birthday

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It’s Lotto NZ’s 33rd birthday today and with a whopping $30 million up for grabs tonight, what better way to celebrate than look back on life-changing highlights over the last 33 years.

“Lotto NZ turns 33 today and we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate with a jaw-dropping $30 million Powerball jackpot tonight,” Lotto’s Head of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Marie Winfield said in a media statement.

About million
1,000,000 (one million), or one thousand thousand, is the natural number following 999,999 and preceding 1,000,001. The word is derived from the early Italian millione (milione in modern Italian), from mille, “thousand”, plus the augmentative suffix -one. It is commonly abbreviated as m (not to be confused with the metric prefix for 1×10−3) or M and MM (“thousand thousands”, from Latin “Mille”; not to be confused with the Roman numeral MM = 2,000), mm, or mn in financial contexts.In scientific notation, it is written as 1×106 or 106. Physical quantities can also be expressed using the SI prefix mega (M), when dealing with SI units; for example, 1 megawatt (1 MW) equals 1,000,000 watts.
The meaning of the word “million” is common to the short scale and long scale numbering systems, unlike the larger numbers, which have different names in the two systems.
The million is sometimes used in the English language as a metaphor for a very large number, as in “Not in a million years” and “You’re one in a million”, or a hyperbole, as in “I’ve walked a million miles” and “You’ve asked a million-dollar question”.

$30 million Powerball draw tonight as Lotto celebrates birthday

About Powerball
Powerball is an American lottery game offered by 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), a nonprofit organization formed by an agreement with US lotteries. Powerball’s minimum advertised jackpot is $20 million (annuity); Powerball’s annuity is paid in 30 graduated installments or winners may choose a lump sum payment instead. One lump sum payment will be less than the total of the 30 annual payments because of the time value of money and also because one check for a much larger sum will be taxed at a greater rate than 30 checks each at a much lower sum will be taxed.
Drawings for Powerball are held every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Since October 7, 2015, the game has used a 5/69 (white balls) + 1/26 (Powerballs) matrix from which winning numbers are chosen, resulting in odds of 1 in 292,201,338 of winning a jackpot per play. Each play costs $2 or $3 with the Power Play option. (Originally, Powerball plays cost $1; when PowerPlay began, such games were $2.) The official cutoff for ticket sales is 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time; some lotteries cut off sales earlier. The drawings are held at the Florida Lottery’s studio in Tallahassee. The hosts are Sam Arlen and Laura Johnson.
On January 13, 2016, Powerball produced the largest lottery jackpot in history; the $1.586 billion jackpot was split by three tickets sold in Chino Hills, California, in Munford, Tennessee, and in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

In the past 33 years, there had been 943 millionaires made with Lotto NZ games, and already this year there have been 28 millionaires, including seven Powerball multi-millionaires whose lives changed overnight.

Powerball has been making multi-millionaires since 2001 and so far, a total of 191 Kiwis have experienced the life-changing moment of finding out they’ve won Powerball, the statement said.

$30 million Powerball draw tonight as Lotto celebrates birthday

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The largest Powerball win so far came in November 2016 when a couple from the Hibiscus Coast scored themselves a mammoth $44.1 million.

Earlier this year, two winners from Auckland and Hawke’s Bay shared the historic $50 million Must Be Won jackpot taking home $25.1 million each.

Every year, 100 per cent of Lotto NZ profits support more than 3000 good causes with more than $4.6 billion* returned to Kiwi communities since 1987, the statement said.

“We exist to generate essential funding for New Zealand communities – so we’re incredibly proud to have returned $4.6 billion to charities and community groups. It’s a staggering amount, and incredible to support amazing causes like StarJam and Heartkids, who do such wonderful work and make a huge difference in their communities,” Winfield said in the statement.

Top five largest Powerball wins by an individual

1 Nov 2016
$44.1 million
Dairy Flat Food Mart and Liquor
Auckland

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$33.1 million
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$30.2 million
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4 Oct 2010
$28.7 million
Mobil Papakura
Auckland

5 May 2017
$27 million
Martina Four Square
Thames

Winning information

• The most drawn Powerball number Powerball 2, which has been drawn 170 times
• Powerball First Division has been won a total of 191 times in the history of the game, which dates back to 2001
• Powerball has been won seven times already this year with another 21 players becoming overnight millionaires with Lotto and Strike
• The biggest Powerball prize won so far in 2020 was the historic $50 million Must Be Won draw in February, where two players from Auckland and Hawkes Bay split the prize taking home $25.1 million each
• The northernmost Powerball winner was a player from Taipa in Northland, who won $5 million in May 2019
• The southernmost Powerball winner was from a player from Invercargill, who won $20 million in 2013
• The biggest Powerball prize ever won was a massive $44.1 million won by a Hibiscus Coast couple in November 2016
• Players have been known to keep their winning tickets in weird and wonderful places – this includes taped to their bodies, underneath their pillow while they sleep, tucked inside the cover of an obscure DVD or even inside a piano stool
• The most common thing New Zealanders say they would spend a big win on is buying a house or paying off their mortgage
• The most northern Lotto store in the country is Houhora Wharf Four Square in Kaitaia and the most southern is Ship To Shore Four Square on Stewart Island.