New Zealand Powerball
New Zealand Powerball is a supplementary game to the main New Zealand Lotto draw, in which players have the chance to pick and match an additional number in order to increase their Lotto winnings. The First Division Powerball prize can roll over even if the Lotto top prize is won, often rising well into eight figures.
New Zealand Powerball Draw Schedule
New Zealand Powerball draws take place twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, at the Avalon Studios in Lower Hutt, Wellington. They are broadcast live on television on channel TV2, however they will be available to view online here shortly after the draws has taken place.
The draws work in the New Zealand Powerball by using two different machines. One machine contains balls ranging from 1 - 40 and at first six numbers are drawn which are the main numbers for the NZ Lotto game. Then a Bonus Ball is picked out from the remaining 34 numbers to help players win supplementary prizes. The second machine contains balls ranging from 1 - 10 and one ball is drawn from this machine, which is the Powerball. So, not only is it possible for players to win both the Lotto and the Powerball but to win the Powerball jackpot players must match all six numbers from the main lotto game first - so in effect, if you win the Powerball, you win twice.
How to Play and Win New Zealand Powerball
Players can only take part in New Zealand Powerball by playing New Zealand Lotto, which requires them to choose six numbers from a choice of 40. To opt-in to Powerball you pay an additional fee and pick a separate number from 1 to 10.
The minimum Lotto purchase is four lines when choosing your own numbers, but you can also let the computer do the hard work and create Dips of ten, 15 or 20 lines of randomly-generated digits.
In the New Zealand Lotto draw, six balls are dispensed to make up the winning line, with a Bonus Ball following from the same pot. The Powerball is then drawn from a choice of ten, boosting considerably any prize that you might win on Lotto.
To win the Powerball, players must match all six Lotto numbers and the Powerball number (although not in the same order). In addition, there are a further six prize tiers which enable winners to gain supplementary prizes by matching as few as three main numbers plus the Powerball.
An extra game which can be played alongside the NZ Lotto and the Powerball is called Strike! and costs NZ$1 per line. When playing Strike!, players will predict what the first four numbers drawn from the Lotto drum will be, and the player wins prizes the more accurate their predictions are. The top prize for matching all four numbers correctly and predicting the order in which they are drawn starts at NZ$100,000, but can roll over and reach up to NZ$800,000 if it is not won. After this point, if there are no winners, the top prize will roll down and be shared in winners in the next prize tier.