New Zealand National Lotto

Most countries offer a national lotto, and New Zealand is no different. The bonus of playing one’s own national lotto is that there is no doubt about eligibility and one can simply head to an authorised retailer to purchase a lotto ticket. At, we give you all the information you need to get started.

What Exactly is the Lotto?

Any questions on the national lotto will be answered on the website, but, in a nutshell, the national lotto is a game generally organised by a national lottery commission, in this case, the New Zealand Lotteries Commission, and allows players to guess a certain amount of numbers in order to win the jackpot, which comes into effect if all six numbers are guessed correctly.

Play the New Zealand National Lotto

To play the New Zealand national lotto, interested players can simply head to an authorised retailer or head to one of the online sites. Guidance on and links to the best online sites to play through can be found on our site.

When playing the New Zealand national lotto, players need to select four lines and choose any six numbers between one and forty as their lotto numbers. They may either select these numbers themselves or choose to make use of a random number generator, which will choose lotto numbers on behalf of the player.

The lotto draw takes place twice a week. Here, six main lotto numbers plus one additional Bonus Ball are drawn from a pool of balls, all numbered from one to forty. This will give a total of seven numbers that will form the winning lottery numbers.

In order to win, players must match at least three of these numbers, and there are various prize tiers. A jackpot is won if all six numbers are matched. If no jackpot is won, then the jackpot will roll over to the next week. The jackpot will continuously roll over until a win is made or until the jackpot reaches its maximum amount.

The Lotto Additions

Players playing the national lotto in New Zealand may choose to add various lotto additions to their standard lotto game. Information on all of these additions, as well as other types of national lottery games, can be found on the website.

The most widespread addition to the national lotto in New Zealand is the Powerball. Players can only choose to play the Powerball if they have already played the lotto. That is, the Powerball is a mere addition to the lotto and cannot be played as a stand-alone game. In Powerball, players may choose one additional number between one and ten for a small extra fee. They will then be entered into the Powerball draw.

In the Powerball draw, a second pool of balls, numbered from one to ten, will be added to the standard lotto ball pool. One of these balls will be drawn, representing the Powerball number. The six main lotto numbers plus the one additional Powerball number make up the total winning Powerball numbers.

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