Lotto: $30m up for grabs on Saturday as Powerball jackpots again

It's Lotto's 33rd birthday on Saturday and it's a day to celebrate with a whopping $30 million available.

After Powerball wasn't struck on Wednesday, the prize increased again. Also up for grabs is a $1 million first division prize and $500,000 for Strike.

"Lotto NZ turns 33 today and we're thrilled to be able to celebrate with a jaw-dropping $30 million Powerball jackpot tonight," says Marie Winfield, Lotto's head of communications and corporate social responsibility.

Along with the big prize, Lotto's celebrating by looking back on some of the life-changing highlights from the last 33 years.

In the last 33 years, there's been a massive 943 millionaires made with Lotto NZ games, and already this year there have been 28  new millionaires.

Powerball has been making multi-millionaires since 2001. So far 191 lucky Kiwis have experienced the life-changing moment of finding out they've won Powerball - including seven Powerball multi-millionaires this year.

The largest-ever Powerball win came in November 2016 when a couple from the Hibiscus Coast scored themselves a mammoth $44.1 million.

Earlier this year, two lucky winners from Auckland and Hawke's Bay shared the historic $50 million 'must be won' jackpot taking home $25.1 million each.

Get in early to be in to win

With such a huge prize on offer, Lotto is urging Kiwis to get in quick to avoid missing out.

"High jackpots capture the imagination of Kiwis all around the country and we know Kiwis are dreaming about what they would do if they won Powerball tonight," Lotto says.

"Lotto NZ stores up and down the country are gearing up for a busy day, so we are encouraging players to get in early to make sure they're in to win."