Winners' stories

Upper Hutt dad drives away new Audi

An Upper Hutt father has been left speechless after discovering that he had won an Audi A1 with Lotto’s Mother’s Day promotion.

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Winning streak continues in Hawke’s Bay

The Hawke’s Bay is on a winning streak, with a local man becoming the latest in a string of people from the region to take home a major Lotto prize after winning an Audi A1 in Lotto’s Mother’s Day promotion.

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South Island best friends scoop $12.3 million with Big Wednesday

Childhood best friends from the South Island are celebrating after winning $12.3 million with Big Wednesday last week.

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Winning week for Hawke’s Bay locals

It’s been a week of winning for the Hawke’s Bay, with three lucky residents taking home major Lotto prizes.

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‘Milk, eggs, bread… and $333,333, thanks’

A Hamilton couple have become the first people in Lotto New Zealand history to win Lotto First Division with a ticket purchased in-lane at a Countdown store.

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$9 million winners splash out on helping others

The winners of Saturday night’s $9.1 million Powerball prize from a ticket bought in Auckland have come forward to collect their prize.

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MyLotto players win with Keno

As the country celebrates Tuesday’s cricket win, two lucky MyLotto players have another reason to celebrate after winning big with Keno this week.

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Christchurch couple scoop $1 million Lotto prize

A lucky couple from Christchurch have become instant millionaires after winning $1 million with Lotto First Division on Saturday night.

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3 big wins make it a MyLotto hat-trick

Three MyLotto players from around the country have scored big after winning First Division prizes with Lotto, Strike and the Winning Wheel on Saturday night.

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Lucky MyLotto winner wins 11 times with Second Division

A lucky MyLotto player won eleven times last weekend, taking home a total of $123,826 with Lotto and Powerball Second Division.

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Cold beer just the ticket for Tauranga’s $4.5 million Lotto winners

A retired couple from Tauranga celebrated a very special Valentine’s Day after winning $4.5 million with Powerball First Division on Saturday.

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$333,333 surprise for Kaiapoi Lotto winner

A Lotto player from Kaiapoi has been left stunned after winning $333,333 with Lotto First Division.

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Dream kitchen on horizon for Hokitika Instant Kiwi winner

Hokitika’s winning streak continues, with a lucky Hokitika winner finally able to get the kitchen of her dreams after winning $40,000 with Instant Kiwi.

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Whakatane Lotto player blissfully unaware of Lotto win

A lucky Lotto player from Whakatane could not believe her good fortune, after winning $500,000 with Lotto First Division recently.

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Big boy’s toys top of list for Whanganui’s $4 million winner

A fancy car and a big screen TV are top of the shopping list for a Whanganui man who won over $4 million with Powerball on the weekend.

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It’s a family affair for Hokitika Powerball winners

A Hokitika family are celebrating their incredible good luck after winning $6.5 million with Powerball First Division on the weekend.

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Odds favour Levin’s $1 million Lotto winner

A lucky Lotto player from Levin has made friends with the odds after winning $1 million with Lotto First Division on Saturday Night.

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Silverdale millionaires set their sights on the city that never sleeps

A lucky Silverdale couple can finally get some rest, having safely banked a cool $1 million with Lotto.

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“We might’ve won $6.5 million – but I can’t bear to check the ticket!”

After debating what to do with their winning ticket for several days, a Palmerston North couple have come forward and claimed $6.5 million with Big Wednesday.

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Nelson couple win $5 million – first stop Dollywood

A keen Dolly Parton fan from Nelson will no longer be ‘working 9 to 5’ now that she’s won $5 million with Lotto Powerball on last weekend’s draw.

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New Plymouth man celebrates winning car and boat with Lotto

A New Plymouth man is looking forward to the summer of a lifetime after winning a Holden Colorado and Rayglass Legend boat with Lotto’s ‘Make Summer Last Forever’ promotion.

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Opotiki local driving in style thanks to Lotto

An Opotiki man will be driving in style after winning an Audi S5 Coupé with Lotto’s ‘Make Summer Last Forever’ promotion.

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Tauranga woman drives away with a new Audi thanks to Lotto

A Tauranga woman will be driving in style after winning an Audi S5 Coupé with Lotto’s ‘Make Summer Last Forever’ promotion.

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His and hers cars ahead for $1m Strike winner

A woman  from Warkworth is looking forward to hitting the car yards after winning $1 million with Strike Four last Saturday.

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Stunned Whakatane woman becomes instant millionaire

A Whakatane local has been left stunned after realising she had won $1 million with Lotto’s ‘Make Summer Last Forever’ promotion which was drawn on Saturday.

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‘I can’t thank you enough – will $10.7 million do?’

A retired truck driver from Pukekohe has received the gift of a lifetime after winning $10.7 million on a Lotto Powerball ticket given to him by one of his best friends.

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Champagne dreams come true for Hamilton’s $16.2 million Powerball winners

After more than a week of searching for Hamilton’s big Powerball winner, a local couple have claimed the $16.2 million Powerball prize.

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‘Forget lunch – I’ve just won $9 million!’

A quick visit to the dairy became a life changing moment for an Auckland man who checked his Big Wednesday ticket while picking up lunch on his way to work – only to discover he’d just won more than $9 million.

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Bay of Plenty man celebrates $500,000 win

A Bay of Plenty man was left dumbstruck after winning $500,000 with Lotto First Division on Saturday.

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Home is where the cat is for Napier Lotto winner

A Napier man, his partner – and their cat – are looking forward to moving into a home of their own after winning $500,000 with Lotto First Division on the weekend. 

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Christchurch couple “hysterical” following Lotto win

A Christchurch couple couldn’t contain their excitement when they discovered they’d won $500,000 with Lotto First Division.

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Gisborne woman’s big win leads to the Big Apple

A Gisborne woman is heading off to the bright lights of New York City for the trip of a lifetime after winning $600,000 with Lotto Strike Four.

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Lady luck visits Blenheim

A Blenheim couple are on ‘cloud nine’ after winning $1 million with Lotto First Division on Saturday night.

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Bracelet a lucky charm for Hokitika’s new multi-millionaire

A Hokitika woman is celebrating after winning $2 million with Lotto First Division on Saturday night, crediting her good fortune to her lucky charm bracelet.

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MyLotto player wins big with Keno

Playing with MyLotto has paid off for an Auckland woman who won $50,000 with Keno, after just four weeks of playing.

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Wife’s shopping leads to $20 million

While waiting for his wife to finish shopping, a Pukekohe man bought a Big Wednesday ticket that, just a few short days later, would be worth $20 million.

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Napier couple win Volkswagen Amarok

A Napier couple will be riding in style after winning a Volkswagen Amarok with Lotto’s Father’s Day promotion.

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Nelson woman takes home VW Amarok 11 months after win

A Nelson woman was blown away to realise she’d won a Volkswagen Amarok with Lotto’s 2013 Father’s Day promotion almost a year after the draw took place.

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Nelson couple win $4.5 million with Lotto Powerball

A Nelson couple can’t believe their good fortune after winning $4.5 million with Lotto Powerball on Saturday.

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$14 million Powerball prize claimed

A Christchurch man has claimed $14.3 million with Powerball, which is the fourth largest lottery prize ever won in the South Island.

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Winner ‘over the moon’ with Strike Four win

After years of not really believing that Lotto could be won a man from Mt Maunganui is now a firm believer after winning $309,214 with Strike Four last week.

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Win a welcome surprise for Wellington woman

A Wellington woman couldn’t believe her good luck when she visited her local Lotto store and was given the news everyone dreams of – she’d won $1.5 million with Lotto First Division.

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Winning happens with MyLotto

It was a big weekend for MyLotto with two First Division prizes being won by players in the Bay of Plenty and Hamilton.

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Winning Lotto ticket hanging on Hamilton man’s wall

What would you do with your winning Lotto ticket? For a Hamilton man the answer was simple – frame a copy and hang it on the wall.

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Bay of Plenty woman counts dollars instead of sheep after $1.5 million Lotto win

It was a sleepless night in the Bay of Plenty for one lucky Lotto player after winning $1.5 million with Lotto First Division on Saturday night.

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$1 million reasons to clear out your wallet

After nearly a month of walking around with a ticket worth $1 million in their pocket the winner of a $1 million Lotto First Division prize purchased in Dargaville has finally claimed their prize.

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Masterton couple win $200,000 on live Lotto draw

Geoff and Kim from Masterton spun and won $200,000 with the Winning Wheel on Saturday’s live Lotto draw.

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Wife’s birthday bags Pukekohe family $125,000

A Pukekohe man has his wife to thank for his $125,000 Bullseye First Division win after her birthday was drawn as the lucky number.

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A Christchurch man’s run of luck continues with Bullseye win

A Christchurch man is living up to his reputation of being “born lucky”, after hitting the jackpot and winning $335,000 with Bullseye First Division.

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$13.2 million cures migraine instantly

A Hastings woman’s migraine was instantly forgotten when her husband burst through the door to announce they’d won  $13.2 million with Powerball.

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$13.2 million Powerball win in Kumeu a family affair

An Auckland couple are thanking their lucky stars after striking it rich with Lotto Powerball to the tune of $13.2 million on the weekend.

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‘Do you feel like a millionaire today?’ Yes!

What does it feels like to become a millionaire overnight? After years of asking themselves the same question, one lucky Papakura couple have won $2 million with Lotto First Division.

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Bank error in your favour – collect $1 million

A sudden deposit of $1 million into a Wellington man’s account overnight caused a stir at the bank, however Lotto’s latest millionaire had the last laugh.

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Lotto’s lady luck visits the Hawke’s Bay

May has been a particularly lucky month for the Hawke’s Bay, as two local Lotto players have won First Division prizes.

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Tauranga man leaves $100,000 Instant Kiwi ticket sitting on kitchen bench

It’s not every day you have thousands of dollars sitting on your kitchen bench, but that’s exactly what happened to a Tauranga man who won $100,000 on an Instant Kiwi ticket.

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Cruising into Lotto Strike Four win

After years of playing Lotto Glenys and Dave from Orewa were left shaking when they discovered they’d won $93,623 with Strike Four.

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Home ownership on the horizon for Gisborne Instant Kiwi winner

A Gisborne man’s dream of buying his first home is set to become a reality after scratching his way to a $100,000 windfall with Instant Kiwi.

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Lotto win is a ‘movie moment’ for New Plymouth Strike Four winner

A New Plymouth woman’s date at the movies ended in a movie moment of her own when she realised she had won $185,732 with Strike Four.

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Beloved cat a lucky charm for Christchurch Bullseye winner

Forget that lucky rabbit’s foot, it’s a lucky cat that a Christchurch man is thanking after hitting the jackpot and winning $170,000 with Bullseye First Division.

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Lotto Birthday Surprise for new Lower Hutt Millionaire

Looking for a special way to celebrate a birthday? Well it doesn’t get much more memorable than becoming a millionaire!

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New Plymouth man hits hole-in-one with Lotto First Division

A semi-retired New Plymouth man has boosted his retirement nest egg by $333,333 after winning a share of a $1 million Lotto First Division prize.

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Lucky couple buzzing after Strike Four win

A lucky couple are so excited they’ve barely slept a wink since winning $608,230 with Strike Four last weekend.

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Takaka couple literally jump for joy after winning $7 million

A Takaka couple have learnt never to doubt a woman’s intuition after winning over $7 million with Big Wednesday this week.

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Dream of home ownership now a reality for New Plymouth Lotto winner

A New Plymouth woman’s dream of owning her own home is set to become a reality after winning $250,000 with Lotto First Division.

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Christchurch man to build dream home following $1 million Lotto win

Christchurch has a new millionaire – and he has his long-time lucky numbers to thank for his $1 million Lotto First Division win.

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Tauranga MyLotto player wins Winning Wheel


MyLotto player couldn’t believe her eyes when she received an email from MyLotto with news of her Winning Wheel win.

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Quick decision bags Auckland man $1 million

A spur of the moment purchase has left an Auckland man $1 million richer after winning Lotto First Division on Saturday night.

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London’s just the ticket for Te Kuiti Strike Four winners

A Te Kuiti couple are packing their bags and going on the trip of a lifetime after picking up a $150,000 prize with Strike Four.

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Feast of Bluff oysters and chips to celebrate Lotto win

An Invercargill woman is the latest in a string of Southlanders to win big with Lotto after taking home $250,000 with Lotto First Division last weekend.

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$5 million Powerball prize claimed in Christchurch

Stop looking Christchurch – the winner of Lotto Powerball’s $5 million jackpot has claimed their prize.

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$8.6 million, and would you like fries with that?

How do you celebrate if you’ve just won $8.6 million? According to the lucky winners of Kaikoura’s $8.6 million Big Wednesday prize, a happy meal at McDonalds will do just fine.

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$10.6 million reasons to celebrate for Auckland man

A change in habit and a bit of luck have left an Auckland man celebrating after winning $10.6 million with Lotto Powerball First Division on Saturday.

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$22.6 million knocking at the door

A knock at the door changed a Christchurch local’s life when the unexpected visitors from Lotto New Zealand revealed that he was sitting on a ticket worth $22.6 million – and he had no idea.

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Christchurch locals keep winning, but where’s the golden ticket?

Two Christchurch locals have collected big this week from playing Lotto and Keno, but the search continues to find the winner of the $22.6 million Big Wednesday jackpot.

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Powerball’s $33 Million Prize Claimed

A self-proclaimed “westie” from Auckland has come forward to claim the largest ever individual Powerball prize of $33 million.

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Christchurch player wins $22.6 million with Big Wednesday

Big Wednesday’s big jackpot of $22.6 million has been won by a lucky Christchurch resident.

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Karmic Payout of $7 Million for Lotto Player

A young woman from Christchurch is a great believer in karma after winning $7 million with Lotto Powerball on the weekend.

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‘Bucking Tradition’ Pays Up for Gisborne Family

It’s not uncommon for Lotto players to be superstitious and follow the same ticket-buying routine every week – but for a Powerball-winning Gisborne family, the payout for ‘bucking tradition’ was $6.3 million. 

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Blenheim’s Mysterious Multi-millionaire Claims Prize

Three weeks after winning $10.8 million with Lotto Powerball First Division, a Blenheim family has now claimed their prize. 

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Last-minute Lotto Ticket Wins Battlers $15 Million

A couple were told at two outlets they were too late to get a Lotto ticket before chancing upon a store still open and buying their ticket – that ticket turned out to be a $15 million Big Wednesday winner.

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Kiwi Bloke’s Missed Haircut Results in $27 million Win

A Tauranga man in his twenties, who describes himself as a “typical kiwi bloke”, has today claimed the $27 million Big Wednesday First Division prize package.

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Lotto Introduces New Zealand’s Most Eligible Bachelor

A young, single man from Te Kauwhata has become New Zealand’s most eligible bachelor after winning $26 million with Lotto Powerball on the weekend – the third biggest individual prize in NZ Lotteries’ history.

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