Lotto: Big $15 million jackpot up for grabs as Powerball prize keeps rising

  • 22/07/2023

It's been just over a month since Lotto's gigantic $33 million Powerball was claimed by a lucky Christchurch couple - and already the jackpot has skyrocketed back up.

Multiple weeks without a big winner sees the prize purse rise to a huge $15 million on Saturday night. There's also $1 million up for grabs in first division, and $400,000 in Strike.

Ticket sales close tonight at 7:30pm - so get in quick.

The last big win was in June, when a couple purchased their lucky ticket in the affluent Christchurch suburb of Merivale. They took home a massive $33.5 million - the country's third-biggest Lotto win.

The couple, whose identity will remain secret, claimed their winnings more than a week after the draw.

The woman said she and her partner were "overwhelmed by the magnitude of the win" and needed some time to process it before coming forward.

The couple said they kept their $33.5 million yellow ticket hidden in a sock drawer, which was "nerve-wracking" knowing the amount of money that was sitting there.

"I kept thinking, 'Goodness, I better make sure the iron is turned off' every time I went out!" said the woman.

Now they've claimed their prize, the couple is looking forward to their future.

"This will help us set up our family for generations to come. It is also enough for us to help community causes we care about over the long term and make a lasting difference - and that is what we are focused on," the man said.