Lotto NZ have announced that a number of changes are set to be introduced this April to create bigger Powerball prizes and more Lotto winners. Chief executive Wayne Pickup is confident that the new innovations will boost a winning streak for players that has already seen over 770 players become millionaires, as well as raising even more money for local community projects.
The changes include a new, seventh prize division in New Zealand Lotto, so that anyone who matches three main numbers will receive a Lotto Bonus Ticket. There is also a promise of bigger prizes in New Zealand Powerball, with the jackpot able to grow up to NZ$50 million before it must be won, while it will also be possible to play Strike on its own.
There will be a series of new Dip options for players, and the price of tickets will be changing to raise money for the bigger prizes. Lotto will now cost 70c per line and Powerball 80c per line.
The first draw under the new rules will be on Wednesday 5th April, after a special Powerball and Strike draw on Saturday 1st April where the jackpot must be won. The latest changes follow on from the introduction of a second weekly Lotto draw in October 2015.
Pickup said: “We created the biggest change in the history of Lotto, when we brought Lotto, Powerball and Strike to Wednesday as well as Saturday. Lotto on Wednesday has been really popular with our players, with more people playing our games more often. Now we’re making these games even better. We’ve listened to what players have asked for – more ways to win and bigger prizes.”
Saturday’s Lotto prize of NZ$1 million was split between three ticket holders, two of whom also shared the Powerball jackpot of NZ$7 million. A top prize of NZ$4 million will be on offer in Wednesday’s draw, and the game can be played online or via authorised retailers in New Zealand. Good luck!