Saturday's Cyclone Gabrielle relief Powerball Lotto draw jackpots to $15 million, 'must be won'

  • 16/03/2023

One lucky New Zealander could become an overnight multi-millionaire if they bag Saturday night's "must be won" Powerball - a draw that's also raising funds to support the recovery efforts from Cyclone Gabrielle.

The first-division Powerball has jumped to $15 million after nobody won Wednesday night's draw.

Entries close at 7:30pm on Saturday and the numbers will be drawn at 8pm.

Lotto chief executive Chris Lyman urged Kiwis to get involved in the draw to support those affected by the devastating cyclone.

"This is an easy way for those who like to play Powerball to get behind those communities doing it tough right now," Lyman said on Wednesday night.

"The special draw supports a great cause but it takes only one ticket to show your support."

If the Powerball first division isn't struck on Saturday night, the prize will roll down to those lucky enough to hit the second division, Lotto said. If the second division also isn't struck, it will roll down to the third.

"As previously announced, Lotto NZ is doubling its usual community contribution, so that half of all ticket sales from the Special Draw - or 50c from every dollar spent on Lotto, Powerball or Strike - will go to support those communities across the North Island that have been impacted by the cyclone. 

"Tickets for the special draw can be bought now - either online or instore. Lotto NZ is encouraging players to get in early, by picking up a ticket before draw day or early on Saturday, to avoid the busiest times both in-store and online."

Meanwhile, Lotto's Strike draw has also rolled over to Saturday - where the combined prize pool will be $16.3 million.

Lotto first division and Strike Four players could get lucky on Saturday too, with respective jackpots of $1 million and $300,000.