The word on the street is that Patea is the luckiest town
around after Lotto First Division was won four times from
the same store, in the same draw.
“How exciting for
Patea – it sounds like it’s the talk of the town,”
says Marie Winfield, Head of Communications and Corporate
Social Responsibility at Lotto NZ.
live Lotto draw, the $1 million First Division prize was
split seven ways and four of the winning lines were sold at
the Four Square in Patea.
The South Taranaki town is
a-buzz, with residents wondering how it’s possible for
their local store to have sold four First Division winning
tickets for the same draw.
“We’re pretty sure
it’s one very lucky winner who’s played the same numbers
on multiple lines of their ticket – what amazing luck,
they’ll be taking home over half of the $1 million prize.
We can’t wait to hear their story and find out how they
picked their lucky numbers,” says Marie.
players have their own quirks in the way that they play –
playing the same numbers on multiple lines is one we hear a
Back in 2018, this way of playing proved lucky
for a Christchurch couple who scored themselves a
life-changing $5 million with Powerball.
The man had
been playing his lucky number for two years, they were
special to his family – birthdates, old addresses and the
like. To ‘cover his bases’ he played his lucky numbers
ten times, each with a different Powerball
“I always thought I’d just hate for my six
numbers to come up only to find that I hadn’t picked the
right Powerball, so I don’t take the risk and play a
different Powerball number on each line,” said the
The man watched the live Lotto draw that night
and saw the first five of his numbers come up – too
shocked to take note of the sixth number, it was a long
45-minute wait for the official results to be published on
“I felt like a cat on tin roof, I didn’t
know what to do with myself. It was the longest 45 minutes
of my life,” laughed the man.
When it dawned on the
couple that they had won Powerball, they called their
children over to celebrate.
“As soon as they came
through the door, we showed them the ticket and everyone
erupted into celebration. It was such a special moment,”
said the man.
Approximately one third of players
choose their own numbers, the other two thirds opting for a
dip – though the odds remain the same.
of Lotto has an equal chance of winning Lotto First Division
– whether you’re playing Granny and Grandad’s
birthdates or picking up a random dip, the odds remain 1 in
3.8 million,” says
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