Lotto: Kiwis urged to buy $42m Powerball tickets before it's too late

Kiwis are urged to get their Lotto tickets before it's too late to have a shot at winning one of the biggest-ever Powerball jackpots.

A staggering $42 million is up for grabs but there are only hours left to get a ticket - stores stop selling at 7:30pm.

The luckiest Lotto store in the country - Hawke's Bay's Unichem Stortford Lodge - has been flat out all week ahead of the mega Powerball draw. The store has had 49 first division wins.

Kim, an employee at the store, says they have had lines out the door all week.

"It's unbelievable how busy it is," she told Newshub. "We have queues to the door.

"People are buying not just one ticket but an extra ticket, just in case."

The luckiest Lotto outlets in the country.
The luckiest Lotto outlets in the country. Photo credit: Supplied

Tickets are also available on the MyLotto site, with sales also closing at 7:30pm.

"There is a buzz in Lotto NZ stores around the country as people dream of winning big," Lotto spokeswoman Marie Winfield said on Saturday after it was announced Powerball would roll over to Wednesday.

Will one of these "lucky" Lotto outlets produce a winning ticket on Wednesday night?
Will one of these "lucky" Lotto outlets produce a winning ticket on Wednesday night? Photo credit: Supplied

"We're expecting stores to be really busy in the lead up to Wednesday's draw, so recommend getting in early to pick up your ticket."

The only prize bigger won by a single ticket was $44 million won by a Hibiscus Coast couple in 2016.

Wednesday's draw will take place at 8pm - check our website afterwards for the results.

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