$44 million Lotto Powerball winner will be 'screaming' with excitement

A player from Dairy Flat, north Auckland, won the Powerball first division outright on Wednesday night (Supplied)
A player from Dairy Flat, north Auckland, won the Powerball first division outright on Wednesday night (Supplied)

One Lotto player will be "jumping up and down" when they wake up this morning $44 million richer, after claiming a record-breaking jackpot on Wednesday night.

In the must-win draw, one player from Dairy Flat in north Auckland won the Powerball first division outright. The winning ticket was sold at Dairy Flat Food Mart and Liquor.

"It's the biggest prize ever - it's the biggest jackpot we've ever offered, and now one player has taken it all," Lotto NZ spokeswoman Emilia Mazur told Newshub.

"It's a phenomenal amount of money. I imagine, if they've watched the draw and circled their ticket, they're going to be jumping up and down, screaming, hugging each other.

"There's going to be some excitement in one household in New Zealand."

The Strike jackpot went to one player, who bought their ticket at Royal Oak Mall Lotto in Auckland and will take home $358,175 - while 14 others will get a $66,667 share of the first division prize.

Lotto says more than 2.3 million tickets were sold.

The previous biggest Lotto prize given to a single winner was the $36 million won by a Masterton family in June 2009.

Ms Mazur says anyone who bought a winning ticket should write their name on the back and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet or on the MyLotto website.

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