Lotto: $5 million winners 'split the prize' with family members

Two of New Zealand's latest Lotto winners plan to share it with other members of her family - saying there was "no question" about splitting the $5 million prize.

"We've always said that if one of us won Lotto, we'd share it," said the woman, who did not wish to be named.

She and her partner were among 10 who won second division Powerball after Saturday night's record $50m draw. While they'll still keep $2.5m, the woman they've gifted the rest to close family members.

"There was no question in our mind when we found out we'd won we would split the prize," she said in a statement.

"We've always done a lot of fundraising for charities and we really want to continue to do that as it is really important to us."

She said they knew they'd won on Saturday but the shock and excitement didn't kick in until Sunday - when they found out they'd won as much as $5m.

"I nearly passed out when they told us it was $5 million," the man said. "I had to sit down, I was struggling to talk."

The couple is now looking towards their future.

"We can now have a home that is truly ours - and that is something we never thought would be possible. We have been trying to buy our own home for years but haven’t been able to do it," said the woman. 

"This is a dream come true.

"We got married a few years ago but couldn't afford to go on a honeymoon at the time - so when we can, we really want to travel overseas," added the man.