$50 million: Lotto jackpots to biggest ever, must win draw

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Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 8:33PM
A whopping $42 million is up for grabs in tonight's Powerball jackpot. Photo / Michael Bradley
A whopping $42 million is up for grabs in tonight's Powerball jackpot. Photo / Michael Bradley

$50 million: Lotto jackpots to biggest ever, must win draw

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 8:33PM

Tonight's $42 million Lotto Powerball jackpot has shot up after no one won the mammoth prize tonight.

Saturday's draw is now $50 million - the largest ever for the lottery draw, and it must be won. 

The winning numbers are: 30, 8, 2, 33, 21,3.

The bonus number is 13 and the Powerball is 6.

For the person who does win on Saturday, a visit to a special room complete with chocolate, champagne and tissues awaits you at Lotto's head office in Auckland.

They'll also receive a book full of tips of how to handle the life-changing win.

"The decision about what you do with your winnings is entirely yours - you will shape your future," the 60-page book states.

"We hope this booklet helps you to understand the steps ahead of you, make your goals easier to reach and, of course, enjoy your winnings!

"We wish you all the best for the future, and hope you'll look back on the day you found out you were a winner as one of the happiest days of your life."

According the Winners' Book, most Powerball winners splashed on a new house, paid off mortgages, helped family members travelled overseas and donated to charity.

But for others, professional tattoos, face lifts, fertility treatment and even a buffalo-hunting trip fit the bill.

Two lucky Powerball winners won $19.1m each in October last year, sharing the same ticket numbers for a $38m draw.

Four months on, one of the pair has just bought their dream house, even if she still drives the same $2000 car from before her days as a multi-millionaire.

"We've always dreamt of owning our own home and now it's a reality – though it's still quite hard to believe."

Both winners of the $38m draw told the future Powerball winner to keep things simple.

"My top piece of advice is to take your time, make sure you have a solid plan in place, and you have a financial adviser that you're comfortable with," one said.