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NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/07/2016

The prize money wasn't the only thing that was big about Lotto's $40 million Powerball draw on Saturday night.

It was gambling on a scale not seen before by the lottery operator in New Zealand.

There were 2.7 million tickets sold for the draw.

Between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday 3000 tickets a minute were sold.

MyLotto, the online ticket store, had 10 times its normal traffic and accounted for about 15 per cent of total ticket sales.

Lotto sales for the week were just under $60 million, with sales for Saturday's must-be-won draw accounting for $40 million of that, Lotto NZ says.

Three tickets won $13.3 million each when Powerball was not won and the money went down to the second division.

Fresh Choice Green Island owner John Moyle told the Otago Daily Times he was at the local rugby club on Saturday night when he received a text to ask if he could open his supermarket to check a possible big winning ticket.

His supervisor was shaking as she put the ticket barcode to the scanner; the screen read claim: $13.3 million.

The ticket was held by a Dunedin couple who he said were over the moon with the win and planned to buy houses, cars and travel.

Fairfax reports rumours are rife that one of Kawhia's 300 or so residents may be holding a $13.3-million winning ticket. The ticket was sold at Oparau Roadhouse near Te Awamutu.

The third ticket was purchased on MyLotto by a player from Hamilton.

"I'd like to thank our retailers and staff, who all did an absolutely amazing job during the week," says Wayne Pickup, Lotto NZ's chief executive.

"And I'd like to thank our players, who really got into the spirit of the game. I've never seen so many people happy to queue. I saw complete strangers chatting to one another, imagining what they would do if they won."

Lottery funding is a major supporter of Sport NZ, NZ Film, Creative NZ and more than 3000 community groups and organisations every year.

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