Lotto: Hamilton player wins $1 million, 31 others claim over $16,000 - where the winning tickets were sold

The stars have aligned for one lucky Lotto player from Hamilton after winning $1 million with First Division on Saturday night.

The numbers on Saturday night were 23, 15, 31, 19, 20, and 33 with bonus ball 8. Powerball was 1.

The winning ticket was sold at Chartwell Lotto in Hamilton.

Powerball was not struck on Saturday and has rolled over to Wednesday night, where the jackpot will be $37 million. 

Strike Four also rolled over on Saturday and will be $1 million on Wednesday, meaning it will be a Must Be Won draw. 

In a Strike Must Be Won draw, if no single ticket wins First Division, the prize pool is added to the next highest division with a winner, according to a Lotto spokesperson said. 

Meanwhile, it will be celebrations all around for 31 lucky Lotto players after each winning $16,457 in Second Division on Saturday night.  

One lucky player also won Powerball Second Division, taking their total winnings to $53,218.

The winning Powerball Second Division ticket was sold at Lucky Lotto Shop in Rotorua. The winning Second Division tickets were sold in Whangārei, Auckland, Hamilton, Paeroa, Taupō, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Manawatu-Whanganui, Wellington, Marlborough and Christchurch City.

"Anyone who bought their ticket from any of the above stores or on MyLotto should check their ticket as soon as possible in-store, on MyLotto, or through the MyLotto App," the spokesperson said. 

Lotto: Hamilton player wins $1 million, 31 others claim over $16,000 - where the winning tickets were sold
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With Powerball going two months since it was last won - which was $33.5 million - Lotto is encouraging players to get in early, by picking up a ticket before draw day or early on Wednesday, to avoid the busiest times both in-store and online. 

"At all times, Lotto NZ encourages our customers to play a little, dream a lot. We know high jackpots can be exciting but remember – it only takes one ticket to win," the spokesperson said. 

The Powerball jackpot has been steadily increasing since then.

A lucky Ōtautahi/Christchurch couple banked that win, after they kept their winning ticket in a sock drawer for over a week.

The woman said at the time she "better make sure the iron is turned off" whenever she left the house.

It was Aotearoa New Zealand's third-biggest Powerball win ever.