Top New Zealand Powerball Winners of All Time

Launched back in February 2001, the New Zealand Powerball has quickly become one of the biggest lottery games in the country. Similar to the world-famous US Powerball format, players must choose their main numbers and their lucky Powerball number for the game.

Its prizes start from NZ$3 million and can get as high as NZD$50 million, which makes the game extremely tempting not only to Kiwis, but to lottery players from all over the world. The game is available to international players on theLotter.

In this article, we will tell you about the biggest jackpots in the history of the New Zealand Powerball  and the amazing stories of their lucky winners. Take a look!

1. NZ$44 MILLION – November 9th, 2016

The largest jackpot in New Zealand Powerball history was won by a couple in Auckland. They had been struggling to buy their first house for quite some time, up to the point where this seemed to be an unreachable dream.

They even sought the help of a mortgage broker, but there was nothing to be done. Later that week, the lucky winners found out that they had won a whopping NZ$44 million in the New Zealand Powerball lottery and they simply couldn’t believe it.

“They were talking about the big win on the radio and I started screaming out ‘that’s me’.”, said the happy jackpot winner. Playing the lottery has completely changed the life of this young couple from the Hibiscus Coast, and in the best possible way.

2. NZ$36 MILLION – June 24th, 2009

The runner-up on our list is an NZ$36 million jackpot, which was won by a family syndicate from Masterton. The “Irish Luck” syndicate is made up of four lovely ladies who decided to play the lottery together for a chance to make their dreams come true.

A mother, her two daughters, and her granddaughter formed the winning syndicate and the NZ$36 million came at a great time, as they were all going through financial difficulties. The mother told the press about she had been turned down by the bank for a loan for a car she badly needed.

“I look forward to going to see the bank manager now.”, the lady said thinking about all the wonderful things she could do with this amazing prize. The four women decided to split this prize among them to pay off their debts and build the foundation for a very bright future.

3. NZ$35.2 MILLION – April 9th, 2011

The third New Zealand Powerball jackpot on our list was worth a staggering NZ$35.2 million and it was shared between two lucky players from Dannevirke and Hamilton. This was a “must be won” jackpot, and it seems that not one, but two players chose the winning numbers for the draw on April 9th, 2011.

“Winning a total of $17.7 million is absolutely life-changing for these players.”, said Todd McLeay, chief executive of NZ Lotteries. Since that draw saw record-breaking ticket sales, the New Zealand Powerball jackpot was increased from $32 million to the immense amount of $35.2 million.

Mr. McLeay also said that the profits from this record New Zealand Powerball draw would go to benefit the community through the Lottery Grants Board. This makes the NZ Powerball jackpot a win for everybody.

4. NZ$33 MILLION – September 28th, 2013

One lucky player from Auckland won a staggering NZ$33 million on September 28th, 2013, in spite of the fact that he did not have the winning Powerball number. Since the New Zealand Powerball had exceeded the NZ$30 million threshold for that draw, the prize reached a “must be won” status.

Since there was no winning ticket with all the draws numbers, the total amount of the first prize was transferred to the winner of the second prize division. This is how the lucky player from Auckland won the whole NZ$33 million with the main numbers only.

5. NZ$30.5 MILLION – October 18th, 2008

The fifth largest New Zealand Powerball jackpot in the history of the game was won on October 18th, 2008. It was worth NZ$30.5 million and it was shared between not one, not two, but five lucky winners.

There was one winning New Zealand Powerball ticket from Auckland, one from Manukau, two from Wellington and one from Reefton. Each of the winners got an equal share of the prize, worth NZ$6.1 million.

The following draws of the New Zealand Powerball will bring even more exciting prizes, which means that you simply cannot miss your chance to be a part of this fabulous game. Play the NZ Powerball on theLotter and you could be the next big jackpot winner on our list! It only takes six numbers and the lucky Powerball to become the big winner of the game! Good luck!