Two winners share $38 million Powerball jackpot

After reaching a whopping $38 million, Lotto's Powerball jackpot has finally been won.

The prize was won by two lucky punters, who will take home $19.1 million each.

Both winning tickets were sold on MyLotto to players from Auckland, according to Lotto NZ. 

One person won Powerball's division two, potting just under $60,000.

"There was a lot of excitement around the country in the lead up to tonight's draw and we're thrilled that two lucky players have won big with Powerball tonight," said Kirsten Robinson, Lotto NZ's senior corporate communications manager.

"This year is shaping up to be a lucky one for Powerball players, with 14 Kiwis winning big with Powerball so far this year. We're looking forward to celebrating with New Zealand's newest multi-millionaires – the champagne is on ice!"

Tonight's $38 million jackpot was the second-highest ever won in New Zealand.

The highest prize was in 2016 when a couple from the Hibiscus Coast won a staggering $44 million.

The last time the jackpot reached a similar amount to tonight was in 2017, when two people shared the prize and each walked away with $19.1 each.

There were so many eager eyes on the results that the MyLotto website alerted users there may be trouble accessing the site as it was "currently experiencing high demand".

Apart from the Powerball winners, five other people won first division in regular Lotto, netting almost $143,000 each, while 39 people won second division, each taking home $15,000.

One person from Waikato also won $500,000 with Strike Four.

Three of the five winning first-division tickets were sold in Auckland - at Countdown Manukau City Mall, New World Southmall, and Porchester Road Superette.

One of the other tickets was sold on MyLotto to a person in Hawkes Bay, while the remaining ticket was sold at New World Merrilands in New Plymouth.