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New Zealand Lotto FAQs

All the answers to common New Zealand Lotto questions, including whether prizes are taxed and the current jackpot amount.

  • When does the New Zealand Lotto draw take place?
  • What time do New Zealand Lotto ticket sales close?
  • How can I win a New Zealand Lotto prize?
  • I don’t live in New Zealand, can I play New Zealand Lotto?
  • Do New Zealand Lotto prizes expire?
  • How old do you have to be to play the New Zealand Lotto?
  • Will I pay tax on my New Zealand Lotto winnings?
  • What are my chances of landing a prize on New Zealand Lotto?
  • How does the Lotto jackpot work?
  • When is the next New Zealand Lotto draw?
  • What does the New Zealand Lotto jackpot currently stand at?
  • How much does it cost to buy a New Zealand Lotto ticket?

Question: When does the New Zealand Lotto draw take place?

Answer: The New Zealand Lotto draw takes place twice a week. Saturday draws are held at 8pm NZST and Wednesday draws take place at approximately 8.20pm NZST.

Question: What time do New Zealand Lotto ticket sales close?

Answer: Ticket sales close at 7.30pm NZST on the night of the draw and re-open shortly afterwards. If you are buying your tickets online through a lottery concierge, ticket sale cut-off times can vary, so players are advised to check with the online service they are using to ensure they do not miss out.

Question: How can I win the New Zealand Lotto?

Answer: You can win a prize by matching three main numbers, but you’ll need to match all six main numbers if you want to scoop the jackpot!

Question: I don’t live in New Zealand, can I play New Zealand Lotto?

Answer: Wherever you live in the world, you can buy New Zealand Lotto and Powerball tickets through an online lottery concierge service. They will send an agent based in New Zealand to buy your ticket, upload a scan of it to your account and inform you of any winnings.

Question: Do New Zealand Lotto prizes expire?

Answer: New Zealand Lotto prizes must be claimed within a year of the date of the winning draw, otherwise the money is used to boost the prize fund for other games.

Question: How old do you have to be to play the New Zealand Lotto?

Answer: There is no age limit on taking part in New Zealand Lotto for people buying tickets within the country, but players using an online concierge are required to be 18 or over.

Question: Will I pay tax on my New Zealand Lotto winnings?

Answer: There are no tax implications for New Zealand residents who win on New Zealand Lotto, but you may have to pay taxes in your own country if you play from overseas. It is best to check with a tax specialist as to your potential liabilities.

Question: What are my chances of landing a prize on New Zealand Lotto?

Answer: The odds of winning a New Zealand Lotto First Division prize are 1 in 3,838,380 with the odds of winning any prize standing at 1 in 30. See the New Zealand Lotto Prizes page for more information.

Question: How does the Lotto jackpot work?

Answer: The Lotto jackpot remains at NZ $1 million for every draw.

Question: When is the next New Zealand Lotto draw?

Answer: Saturday 28th November 2020.

Question: What does the New Zealand Lotto jackpot currently stand at?

Answer: The next New Zealand Lotto jackpot is NZ$1,000,000.

Question: How much does it cost to buy a New Zealand Lotto ticket?

Answer: The cost is NZ$0.70 per line. However, a ticket must contain a minimum of 4 lines, therefore the cheapest ticket is NZ$2.80.

Get answers to the most common New Zealand Lotto questions, such as the draw time, the cost of a ticket and the next NZ Lotto jackpot.

What time is the National Lottery draw? How to buy a ticket for a chance of winning in tonight’s Lotto

Saturday’s UK Lotto draw is an estimated jackpot of £19.7 million, plus one guaranteed raffle millionaire. Could it be you?

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You may be more likely to get struck by lightning, eaten by a shark or give birth to quadruplets – but who knows?

Tonight could be your lucky night. Tonight’s UK Lotto draw is a £19.7M rollover, with one guaranteed raffle millionaire and 20 raffle winners of £20,000.

We’ve had some winners of big cash prizes so far this year and if you’re willing to take the chance, you too could be one of them.

The biggest ever jackpot scooped by a single ticket holder has stood for 20 years since a £42m jackpot was claimed in 1996. The largest ever jackpot prize was the £66m on offer in January this year.

The prize was eventually split between two winning tickets.

Just last week, an elderly couple from West Lothian scooped £1million on the lottery, continuing an amazing family run of Lotto luck.

Peter Fry, 90, and his wife Mary, 86, landed the huge prize in the Lotto Millionaire Raffle and have been hailed as Scotland’s luckiest family.

Have you got your ticket for tonight yet?

We’ve got everything you need to know covered if you’re feeling lucky and have decided to take your chances in the National Lottery draw on Saturday June 11.

What time is the Lotto draw?

Tune in to The National Lottery: In It to Win It on BBC One tonight at 7.40 pm. Dale Winton presents the quiz in which five contestants answer questions to scoop a big cash prize. Coverage will include the Lotto and Thunderball draws so have your numbers at the ready.

It’s over by 9.25pm so be quick!

National Lottery will also stream it on their YouTube channel and you can watch it back on BBC iPlayer if you win and want to relive the moment.

Can I still buy a ticket?

Yes – but don’t hang about.

Sales close at 7.30pm on the day of the draw, so you’ll need to buy your ticket early if you want a chance of winning tonight.

I’ve never played before – how does it work?

Tickets costs £2 per play and include entry to the new ‘Millionaire Raffle’ that guarantees £1 million prize in every draw.

Alongside the jackpot, that’s two chances to become a millionaire. Plus there are 20 prizes of £20,000 in every draw.

Also now if you Match 2 numbers you win a free Lotto Lucky Dip for another chance to become a millionaire.

To play, select six numbers from 1–59 or pick Lucky Dip for a random selection.

Next, choose how many lines to play.

You can play up to seven lines of numbers on each play slip and buy up to 10 play slips at a time.

Then, choose the draws and number of weeks you’d like to play.

You can play Lotto online every day from 8:00am (sometimes earlier) until 11:00pm. On the day of the lotto draw, ticket sales close at 7.30pm.

What are the odds of winning?

Realistically, not great.

According to National Numeracy, it’s about 1 in 45million.

To put in perspective, the odds of getting hit by lightning are 1 in 2million, getting eaten by a shark is 1 in 4million and having quadruplets if you’re pregnant 1 in 700,000.

Luckiest Lotto postcodes

The luckiest postcodes in the country , based on where you are most likely to win a major National Lottery prize of £50,000 or more, show Essex postcode Romford (RM) takes the top spot.

The statistics, which include both publicity and non-publicity winners, are in full:

  1. RM – Romford
  2. TS – Cleveland
  3. WA – Warrington
  4. L – Liverpool
  5. IG – Ilford
  6. ME – Medway
  7. NP – Newport
  8. NE – Newcastle Upon Tyne
  9. WN – Wigan
  10. HA – Harrow

So far this year, Lotto has not only had its biggest ever jackpot of £66million but also created its biggest ever winner with a £35million prize.

Saturday's UK Lotto draw is an estimated jackpot of £19.7 million, plus one guaranteed raffle millionaire. Could it be you? ]]>