Lotto climbing to one of biggest ever with $42 million jackpot on Wednesday

One of the largest ever Powerball jackpots will be on offer on Wednesday after the mega $35 million wasn't struck on Saturday night. 

The jackpot will rise to $42 million - just behind the largest ever win when a couple from the Hibiscus Coast won $44 million with a ticket bought at Dairy Flat Food Mart and Liquor in November 2016.  

"Wednesday's $42 million Powerball jackpot is one of the largest prizes ever on offer in New Zealand - it's one for the Lotto NZ history books," said Lotto NZ senior corporate communications manager Kirsten Robinson. 

"With $42 million up for grabs with Powerball on Wednesday, we're expecting high demand both in-store and online. 

"Typically, most customers buy their ticket after work on a Wednesday, which means 5pm to 7:30pm will be our busiest time both in-store and online. 

"Don't leave it to the last minute - if you want a ticket, get in ahead of this peak time to make sure you're in with a chance to win."

Strike Four also rolled over on Saturday and will be $1 million on Wednesday night - meaning it will be a 'must be won' draw. 

No one has claimed the Powerball jackpot since August 21, according to Lotto NZ, when a young woman from Auckland pocketed $11.5 million just as the city entered COVID-19 alert level 4 lockdown.

Lotto Powerball's first division can jackpot to a maximum of $50 million, so if it continues to fail to find a winner - New Zealand could see a 'must be won' draw in a few weeks time.