'They don't know they're a multi-millionaire yet': Lotto searches for $5.2m winner

The Lotto player who won $5.2 million on Saturday still hasn't stepped forward to claim their Powerball First Division prize.

Lotto New Zealand says it's waiting to hear from the winner, who will be the 11th player to become a millionaire in 2021.

"Anyone who bought their ticket from Hornby Mall Lotto in Christchurch for Saturday's draw should write their name on the back and check it immediately - it could be worth $5.2 million," said Lotto NZ head of communications and social responsibility Marie Winfield.

The $5.2m prize was made up of $5m from Powerball First Division and $200,000 from Lotto First Division, Lotto says.

"This winner is the latest Kiwi to win a life-changing prize with Lotto NZ's games - and the second Christchurch player to win big with Powerball in less than a month, with a $22.5 million prize being won on MyLotto in late-February."

In January last year, a $17.1m Powerball prize went unclaimed for nearly a month. The ticket was purchased in the south Canterbury town of Twizel and Lotto NZ was unable to contact the winner, who was coming to terms with the massive win and decided to lay low before getting in contact. 

A $12.2m Powerball prize went unclaimed for over two weeks in August 2019. That winner was completely unaware they had won.