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Lotto winner awaited after big draw

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/07/2016

The wait is on to see if anyone has won the record $40 million Powerball draw.

"Alright New Zealand - tonight's winning Lotto numbers are 29, 27, 37, 18, 33, 3. Bonus ball 36, and tonight's Powerball is 7. Good luck," Lotto NZ tweeted after the live television draw.

Its website crashed as people checked tickets.

Many people posting on the Facebook page revealed they were first time players and didn't know how to play and some said they had spent $50 to $70 and won nothing.

There is a lot of interest in whether a person reported to have spent $10,000 on tickets won anything.

It's the largest jackpot ever on offer in New Zealand, and must be won in the draw.

If there are no first division winners the entire jackpot rolls down to the next division where there are winners. If there is more than one winner in that division, the total jackpot is shared evenly among all winners.

Lotto NZ usually discloses some time after the draw where the winning ticket was purchased and waits for the winner to come forward.

Ticket sales on Saturday were five times their normal level.

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