Second biggest Lotto jackpot in history drawn tonight

Wednesday night's Lotto draw is the second largest Powerball jackpot in New Zealand history.

At a whopping $38 million, Wednesday's prize is just $6 million behind our biggest ever jackpot of $44 million, which was won in November 2016.

Several Auckland dairies said ticket sales have been high this week, and Lotto confirmed there have been strong sales both instore and online after no one won Wednesday's $32 million jackpot.

Newshub has put together the ultimate guide to maximising your chances of getting your hands on tonight's winning ticket.

First up are the luckiest Lotto numbers. The top three most frequently drawn are 1, 13 and 7 - all numbers with significant cultural meaning.

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Next, keep in mind the country's luckiest Lotto stores. The place to have issued the most winning first division tickets is in the Hawke's Bay - depending on where you live, you might just be able to make it there before sales close at 7:30pm.

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Finally, here are the top 10 Powerball prizes of all time. Even if you're not Wednesday's winner, you can still enjoy fantasising about what you'd do with a truly astonishing amount of money.

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If no one wins Wednesday's jackpot, under new legislation Powerball can continue to rise until $50 million, at which point someone has to win.

If you are Wednesday's winner, here's a Lotto spokesperson's official advice on what to do next: write your name on the back of the winning ticket, then call 0800 MYLOTTO.

"And of course, don’t forget to breathe."

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