Lotto: $50 million jackpot rolls down to division 2, split between 10 gamblers

Ten lucky gamblers are each $5 million richer after Saturday night's record $50 million must-be-won draw.

None of them won the first division prize, the jackpot instead rolling down to second division Powerball winners, each getting $5,023,999.

Another 10 got the first division numbers but not the Powerball, each getting $100,000.

The results were released on Sunday morning after a longer-than-usual wait.

"This is because of the sheer volume of tickets purchased for the draw, and the fact that we sold more online tickets than ever before," said Lotto spokesperson Marie Winfield.

More than 2000 tickets a minute were being sold on Saturday evening.

Five of the winning tickets were sold online to players in Auckland, Tauranga, Nelson and Canterbury. The others were sold in Massey, Manurewa, Taupo, Carterton and Wyndham.

Strike Four was also won, two players getting $300,000 each. Those tickets were sold in Kerikeri and Auckland.

"We know New Zealanders will be excited to check their ticket after last night’s $50 million must-be-won draw," said Winfield.

"Keeping everyone safe is our main priority right now, so if you are planning to check your ticket in-store, it's really important that you keep yourself and others safe by following the Government's health and safety guidelines."

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The winning numbers were 8, 23, 27, 21, 12 and 22. The Bonus ball was 16, and the all-important Powerball 1.

"Because of the delay our counters in-store will open late today," said Winfield. "Customers who bought their ticket online will be unable to log into their account to check their ticket until later this afternoon - we don't have an exact time yet as we are processing an unprecedented number of winning tickets, and this takes time. We will keep customers updated on our MyLotto website and app."

People with enough numbers to win division 3 will be kicking themselves, taking home only $1225 - a sheer drop from the $5 million won by those in division 2 with the Powerball.