How to play

Lotto is our original Saturday night lottery game and the starting point for playing to win on both Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can choose to play Powerball and Strike too, however you must play Lotto first.  You can play just Lotto, Lotto and Powerball, Lotto and Strike or all three games together.

The aim of the games is to match the numbers on a line of your ticket to the winning numbers for that particular draw. 

Watch the draw when it's shown live every Wednesday at approximately 8.20pm and Saturday night at 8pm on TV One.

  • How much is it?

    • How much is it?

      Lotto costs 60 cents per line. If you’re picking your own numbers, you must choose a minimum of four lines, which will cost you $2.40.  You can also play Dips, which range from $4.80 to $12 for Lotto.

      Strike costs $1 per line. You can add 1 to 20 lines of Strike to your Lotto ticket. 

      Powerball costs 60 cents per line. If you’re picking your own numbers, you must choose a minimum of four lines of both Lotto and Powerball, which will cost you $4.80.  You can also play Dips, which range from $9.60 to $24 for Lotto Powerball.

  • Picking your own numbers

    • Picking your own numbers

      If you like a bit more control, or have some favourite numbers you want to play, picking your own numbers is the way to go.

      Picking your own is super easy with our ticket builder. Simply use the number selector to pick six numbers between 1 and 40 to get one line of Lotto. You need to pick a minimum of four lines on a ticket and you can choose more if you’re feeling lucky!

  • Picking a dip

    • Picking a dip

      Dips are the easy, no fuss way to play Lotto, Powerball and Strike. Simply choose which Dip you would like and the computer will randomly pick your numbers for you. Take a look at the options outlined below:

      To play just Lotto, choose a Lucky Dip. There are four Lucky Dips priced from $4.80 (8 lines of Lotto) to $12 (20 lines of Lotto).

      To play Lotto and Powerball, choose a Power Dip. There are four Power Dips priced from $9.60 (8 lines of Lotto and 8 lines of Powerball) to $24 (20 lines of Lotto and 20 lines of Powerball).

      To play Lotto, Powerball and Strike, choose a Triple Dip.  There are four Triple Dips priced from $14 (10 lines of Lotto, 10 lines of Powerball and 2 lines of Strike) to $26 (20 lines of Lotto, 20 lines of Powerball and 2 lines of Strike).

  • Adding Strike to your Lotto ticket

    • Adding Strike to your Lotto ticket

      The aim of Strike is to pick the first four Lotto numbers in the correct order – the more you pick in the right order, the more you win. To play Strike you need to pick four numbers between 1 and 40 and the order you think they will be drawn. For example, if you think number 23 will be the first number drawn on the night, pick that number first on your ticket. 

      Remember, Strike is an add on game, which means you need to play Lotto first.  Like Lotto, you can either pick your own numbers using the ticket builder, or you can play a Dip.  You can play as few as one line or as many as 20 lines of Strike!

  • Adding Powerball to your Lotto ticket

    • Adding Powerball to your Lotto ticket

      The aim of Powerball is to select the correct Powerball number that is drawn.  You need to play Lotto in order to play Powerball.  Powerball has its own numbers and a separate draw, which happens immediately after the Lotto draw. 

      To play Powerball, simply pick one number from between 1 and 10 for each Lotto line on your ticket. Looking at your ticket, the Powerball number sits at the end of the Lotto line in its own special ‘Powerball’ column.

      You can choose to have the same Powerball number for all of your Lotto lines, or mix it up. You can pick your Powerball number(s) yourself or get a random selection.  The choice is yours!

  • Thinking ahead - Multidraw

    • Thinking ahead – Multidraw

      Our Multidraw option lets you purchase your ticket for up to 10 draws, which makes it a handy option if you're heading away on holiday and won’t be able to get your ticket. 

      Simply click on the Multidraw box when you’ve got your ticket selection sorted, and tell us how many weeks you want your ticket to run for.

  • Are you a winner?

    • Are you a winner?

      Our Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday at approximately 8.20pm and Saturday at 8pm and is televised live on TV One. See the draw results, which become available on MyLotto within half an hour following the draw. 

      If you’ve purchased via MyLotto and won a prize, you’ll get a message in your MyLotto account the morning after the draw – and if you’ve won a prize over $1,000, you’ll also get an email telling you about the big win!

      You'll need to complete a Prize Claim Form for any prize you win over $1,000.  If you've bought your winning ticket on MyLotto, you can do this straight from your computer.

      If you picked up your winning ticket at a Lotto NZ retailer, you'll need to take your ticket in to any Lotto outlet to begin the prize claim process. You can also claim prizes over $1,000 at our Auckland head office.

      Find out more about claiming a prize.

  • First Division jackpots

    • First Division jackpots

      The top prizes for Powerball and Strike will each jackpot if the First Division in that game is not won. However there are limits to this:

      • Powerball may not jackpot after the First Division jackpot has reached $40 million
      • Strike may not jackpot after the First division (Strike Four) has reached $800,000, or for more than nine consecutive weeks.

      In the instance that one of these situations occurs, a ‘Must Be Won’ draw will be called for the game concerned. Must Be Won draw means that if there are no First Division winners, the entire jackpot rolls down to the next division where there are winners.

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