$32 million: Kiwis dream big as Lotto's mouth-watering draw looms

New Zealand's third-biggest Powerball Lotto prize is up for grabs, and New Zealanders have spent the day buying tickets and talking about what they'd do with the $32 million. 

One-and-a-half million tickets are expected to be part of Saturday's draw, but if the prize isn't claimed it will jackpot to next Wednesday.

If tonight's draw is won by a single ticket-holder it will be the third biggest win in New Zealand Lotto history. 

The money jackpotted after Wednesday night's $28 million Powerball wasn't struck. 

"It's still too early to say how many tickets have been sold but we are expecting around about 1.5 million tickets in the draw tonight," Lotto's corporate communications manager Kirsten Robinson told Newshub.

New Zealand's biggest Powerball Lotto win was $44 million in 2016 - the lucky ticket was bought from Dairy Flat Foodmart. 

Kirangaeet Singh says his winning store has been busier than usual for the past two weeks.  

"We are hoping to sell another big one, a few people they come from Auckland city especially to buy the ticket," Singh told Newshub.

The second biggest prize was $33 million from a ticket sold at a Ponsonby store in 2013. 

Lotto New Zealand says it will know around 8:30pm if the prize money has been won. 

"Most people are pretty quick to check their tickets especially for these really big jackpots but some people have a bit of a routine, like to sit on their ticket for a little while keeping that dream alive," said Robinson.

One lucky New Zealander could be just one row of numbers away from a dream becoming their new reality.