'Everyone's buzzing' - Small-town stores await $38m Lotto winners

Two North Island towns are abuzz as they wait for two big-time Lotto winners to come forward.

The $38 million Powerball prize, the second biggest in New Zealand history, was taken out by two first-division winners on Wednesday evening from Warkworth and Greytown.

"It's just been a great morning. Everyone's buzzing," Greytown Fresh Choice customer service manager Dianne Lucas told Newshub.

"We've had second division and scratchie winners, but it's pretty cool to finally get a winner."

Ms Lucas says hopeful locals have been flocking in all morning, but the winner is yet to come forward.

"Honestly, they may just go straight to Auckland and collect their money. Wouldn't you?"

Ms Lucas bought a ticket herself, but hasn't checked it yet. She says she's holding off to see if anyone else comes forward, "so she can still be a part of it all".

"I'd be pretty happy with $19 million."

A lot of our-of-towners came through the store over the weekend, but Ms Lucas is crossing her fingers the winner is someone within the tight-knit community.

"That'd be really awesome."

The second $19 million winner, who purchased their ticket from Warkworth New World, is also yet to come forward.

Owner Anna Carmichael says many of her 180 staff bought tickets.

"Our team of butchers bought a ticket amongst themselves... they told us they wouldn't be back today if they won."

Ms Carmichael says they shared "a bit of a laugh" when the team turned up this morning.

"I completely forgot to buy one myself."

Ms Carmichael says they haven't had a win like this before.

"Facebook's been going a bit crazy … It's pretty buzzy"

"I don't even think we've had anything above a million dollars. We wait for the big ones and then just take it out."

Ms Carmichael says she'd be "thrilled" for any of her customers to win.

Wednesday night's numbers drawn were 12, 8, 5, 36, 28, 18 and the bonus ball was 40.

The Powerball number was 5.

"Too scared to check the numbers!" one person wrote on Facebook.

"Every week I buy my lotto at New World Warkworth," another said. "This time I bought it at New World Browns Bay. Typical."

"Whose shout is it?" Another asked.

Four other Lotto players from Auckland, Whakatane, Wellington and Invercargill each won $166,667 with Lotto First Division.

The four tickets were sold at Halfway Store in Whakatane, Te Aro Night n Day in Wellington, Windsor New World in Invercargill and on MyLotto to a player from Auckland.

Wednesday's Powerball prize was worth $38 million, just $6 million less than the biggest Powerball draw of all time.

What would you do?