Guide to New Zealand Lottery Games and Draws | theLotter Australia

A Guide to Playing New Zealand Lottery Games

New Zealand is just a hop, skip, and a jump away and many Aussies are keen on visiting. For lottery fans, one of the attractions of the islands (in addition to the stunning natural beauty, of course), is the small, but exciting selection of Kiwi lotteries. Until now, the need to fly to Auckland or Wellington to purchase tickets in person held Aussies back, but things have changed. You can play take a chance on winning the NZ Lotto and NZ Powerball by purchasing official New Zealand lottery entries through theLotter Australia's online lottery courier service!

New Zealand's lotteries are managed by Lotto NZ, which was established as a Crown Entity in 1987 for the purpose of raising money for community activities and projects. These funds are distributed to support the country’s recreation, arts, community projects and sports. Lotto New Zealand can be found online on the official Lotto NZ website.

NZ Lotto Powerball

Listed below is an introduction to Lotto NZ’s games. Have fun playing Kiwi lotteries online with our ticket purchasing service from Australia!


Lotto is the main New Zealand lottery, with Lotto Strike and Powerball being variations of the game. To play Lotto, simply fill out your entry with 6 numbers from 1-40.

Six balls and one bonus ball are drawn from the same drum. To win the Lotto first division prize, you need to match all 6 main numbers. There are seven Lotto prize divisions in total. You'll win a prize for partial matches of 3, 4, and 5. Matching the bonus ball creates three additional prize divisions.

The Lotto jackpot is fixed at NZ$1 million and you have a 1 in 3,838,380 chance of winning it!

Lotto Draw Times

Lotto draws take place on Wednesdays at 8:20 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m. (local New Zealand time).


New Zealand Powerball builds on the standard Lotto game and as a result, offers additional attractive prizes. To play Powerball, pick 6 numbers from 1-40 as usual in Lotto, but then select an additional Powerball number between 1 and 10 for each line of your entry. If a winning Lotto line also has the correct Powerball number, your prize will be bigger than those you would get for just playing Lotto.

While similar to the Powerball games in Australia, South Africa, and the United States, the New Zealand version has an additional feature which sets it apart. The game also draws a bonus ball. Matching the bonus ball could entitle you to prizes in some of Powerball's 13 secondary prize divisions.

Whereas Lotto has a fixed NZ$1 million first division prize, New Zealand Powerball’s jackpot is significantly higher. The game’s guaranteed starting jackpot is set at NZ$4 million. If there are no winners of the first division prize, it will continue rolling over until it reaches a maximum amount of NZ$50 million. When it hits this cap, Powerball stages a Must-Be-Won draw. If there are no jackpot winners in this draw, the first division prize money rolls down and is shared by all winners in the next highest prize tier.

New Zealand Powerball lotto

When you win the Powerball first division prize, you are also winning the Lotto jackpot. In effect, you are winning an additional NZ$1 million. For this reason, the Powerball jackpot advertised on is NZ$1 million higher than the amount advertised on the official Lotto NZ website.

Powerball’s draws are the same draws as Lotto’s, but at the same time there is an additional draw for the Powerball number.

Powerball Draw Times

Powerball draws take place on Wednesdays at 8:20 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m. (local New Zealand time).

NZ Powerball prize divisions and winning odds:

Division Match Winning Odds

Division 1



Division 2



Division 3



Division 4



Division 5



Division 6



Division 7



Division 8



Division 9



Division 10



Division 11



Division 12



Division 13



Division 14



Lotto Strike

Lotto Strike is a variation of Lotto. For an additional cost, you can add 4 Lotto Strike numbers to a ticket. The objective is to match those numbers in the exact order as the first four numbers of the Lotto draw.

There are four prize divisions in Lotto Strike. The top Strike Four! prize is awarded for matching all four of the first winning Lotto numbers in the exact order drawn, and the odds of winning this are 1 in 2,193,360. You’ll also win a prize for matching 3, 2, and 1 of the first four Lotto numbers drawn.


To play the New Zealand Lottery's Bullseye game, you select a 6-digit number between 000000 and 999999. If your number matches the Bullseye number exactly, you win the game's first division prize. You could win prizes in the lower prize tiers if your number is close to the number drawn. Prizes are awarded for being within 50, 500, 5,000, and even 50,000 of the Bullseye number.

The top Bullseye prize is a minimum NZ$100,000 and the prize, with 1 in 1,000,000 odds, is NZ$180,000 on average.

Bullseye Draw Times

Bullseye draws take place seven days a week at 6 p.m. (local New Zealand time).


Keno is a part-lottery, part-bingo game with its own set of unique rules. To play Keno, you decide how many numbers to pick from a pot of 80 balls. You can choose just one number, or as many as ten numbers. Depending on how many numbers you choose, the odds and the prizes, will change. In addition to choosing how many numbers to pick, you also choose how much to wager.

Keno Draw Times

Keno draws take place 4 times a day: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. (local New Zealand time).

Instant Kiwi

Instant Kiwi is the New Zealand Lottery's Scratchcard series and can be played in stores and online. They are games of chance, as clearly stated on the official website: "The outcome of a ticket is determined at the time of purchase and is not affected by the skill or judgement of the player." The games are offered in a variety of formats, at different game prices, with prizes as high as NZ$1 million in the Cash Extravaganza game.

The Biggest New Zealand Lottery Prizes of All Time

All of the below first division prizes were awarded in the Powerball Lotto game.

 Rank  Date Amount # of winners

1 (tie)

29 February 2020

NZ$50 million


1 (tie)

15 August 2020

NZ$50 million



9 November 2016

NZ$44 million



20 October 2021

NZ$42.2 million



9 July 2016

NZ$40 million



16 October 2019

NZ$39 million



22 November 2017

NZ$38 million



24 June 2009

NZ$36 million



9 April 2011

NZ$35.2 million



28 September 2013

NZ$33 million


How to Play New Zealand Lotteries from Australia

We hope you’re as excited about the Kiwi lotteries as we are! There’s no need to hop on a plane to Auckland or Wellington to buy tickets in person. Play Lotto and Powerball by ordering official New Zealand lottery entries through theLotter Australia's online ticket purchasing service. Good luck!

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