New Zealand Powerball
The New Zealand Powerball lottery is one of the four lotteries in the world that use the “Powerball” name. The other three include the U.S. Powerball, the Australian Powerball and South Africa Powerball. However, while the US Powerball and the Australian Powerball are independent lottery games, the New Zealand Powerball is a game which complements the main New Zealand Lotto draw. Around 2 million people in NZ and around the world play this lotto game on a weekly basis.
New Zealand’s most popular lottery game was created in June 1987 after the New Zealand Cabinet voted and approved the creation of the lottery game in February 1986. Its first draw was held in August 1987 and the sale of its first tickets took place on the 1st of August 1987. The draws for the game take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:20 PM and 8 PM (New Zealand Standard Time) respectively, and is aired on TVNZ 1.
The New Zealand Powerball gives players of the NZ Lotto a chance to pick and match one additional number in an effort to increase the amount of their Lotto winnings.
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Playing the New Zealand Powerball Lotto
To play the NZ Powerball, players have to play the NZ Lotto first as the Powerball is a supplementary game to the NZ Lotto. To play the main Lotto game, a player has to select six balls plus an additional ball known as the bonus ball from a Ryo Catteau Stresa lottery machine which contains balls numbered from 1 to 40.
The cost per play for the NZ Lotto is NZ$0.70. However, because each Lotto ticket must contain at least four lines, a standard ticket will cost $2.80. Players who wish to play the Lotto can choose their numbers manually or use the Random Pick option which allows the system to automatically generate and select random numbers for the player. The Basic Lucky Dip which is the least expensive Lotto Dip option costs $5.60 for eight lines.
The sale of tickets for the NZ Lotto close every draw night at 7:30 PM NZST and open afterwards until the night of the next draw. For a player to win the first-tier prize of the Lotto which is the jackpot, he/she has to match all the six main numbers drawn on a single line.
Other prizes include the second division prize which is won when a player successfully matches five of the six main numbers plus the Bonus Ball, the third division prize which is won when a player matches five of the six numbers drawn excluding the Bonus ball number, and the fourth and six division prizes won by matching the Bonus ball number and four or three balls respectively.
There also exists fifth and seventh division prizes won by matching 4 or 3 balls without the Bonus ball. The seventh division prize is fixed at four bonus lines while the other prizes depend on the sale of tickets.
NZ Powerball Lottery Info
The NZ Powerball was first introduced in February 2001 and with the Powerball option, players have a chance of increasing the amount of their prizes by picking and matching an additional number. And even if the jackpot of the main lottery – the NZ Lotto is won; the Powerball’s First Division price can be rolled over to the next draw until someone wins the prize. This rolling over can make the prize amount to rise into eight figures.
Originally, when the Powerball was introduced, it was drawn from 8 numbers with a minimum jackpot amount of $1 million and a maximum jackpot of $15 million. Eventually, the maximum amount was raised to $30 million. In October 2010, the cost per line rose from $0.50 to $0.60 in an effort to increase the minimum prize amount to $4 million.
Eventually, when the Division 7 was introduced in October 2015, the maximum jackpot amount was raised yet again to $40 million. Finally, the cost per line which stood at $0.60 following the October 2010 increase was raised to $0.80 in April 2017.
Draws of the New Zealand Powerball take place every week on the evenings of Wednesdays and Saturdays. The draws which are broadcast live on TV2 are held at the Avalon Studios in Lower Hutt, Wellington. After purchasing the New Zealand Lotto ticket, players who wish to participate in or play the Powerball can pay an additional fee of $1 to participate in the supplementary lottery.
With the Powerball, each player in addition to the six numbers chosen from 1 to 40 for the NZ Lotto, must choose an additional number from a pool of numbers ranging from 1 to 10 for each of the lines played. When the Powerball option is played, a minimum of 4 Powerball numbers must be selected for a standard ticket consisting of four lines at a price of NZ$1 per line.
Winnings and Prizes
The result for the Powerball is drawn using two Ryo Catteau Mimosa machines. One of the machines contain forty balls numbered from 1 to 40 which contain the Bonus ball and the six Main Balls. The other machine contains ten balls numbered from 1 to 10 which from which the single ball known as the Powerball is to be drawn.
To win the Powerball jackpot, a player has to match the six main numbers drawn in addition to the Powerball number on the same line. If the main numbers and the winning Powerball number are on the same line, the holder of the ticket wins the first prize of the main Lotto draw and a share of the Powerball prize.
For a player to win the Powerball first-division prize, he/she must win first the Lotto First Division Prize, with the Powerball number on the same line. The Powerball first division price has a minimum jackpot of $4 million which can rise to a maximum of $50 million if it is continuously rolled over.
Should the prize reach or pass this limit, a special draw is held known as a “Must Be Won” draw during which the prize must be won. If again, the prize is not won, the amount is split and divided amongst the winners of the next highest division which has winners. In addition to the first division prize, there are six other divisions for which prizes are allocated thereby making it possible for players with as few as three main balls plus the Powerball to win additional prizes.