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NZ's 'luckiest' areas revealed ahead of $32 million Powerball draw

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With excitement building around the country for Saturday’s massive $32 million Powerball draw, Lotto NZ has revealed the ‘luckiest’ spots in the country so far this year.

Manawatu is leading the pack as the luckiest region in New Zealand for lottery wins in 2019 to date.

With an estimated population of 30,700, Manawatu was boosted into the top spot after a ticket sold in Feilding won $10.25 million with Powerball in January. On average, Manawatu locals won $395.42 per capita in 2019 to date.

Auckland’s Rodney Ward came in at second place - which is not surprising considering a $16.5 million Powerball prize was won in Wellsford in July.

Meanwhile, a $22.2 million prize won in Inglewood in January has buoyed New Plymouth into third place - with the area also laying claim to the largest Powerball prize won in 2019 to date.

Rounding out the top 10 spots are Carterton, Kawerau, Hastings, Far North, Franklin, Auckland City and Hamilton.

But with $32 million up for grabs with Powerball on Saturday night, another part of the country could soon be laying claim to the title of New Zealand’s ‘luckiest’ spot.

"Twelve players have already experienced life-changing wins with Powerball so far this year - and with $32 million up for grabs with Powerball on Saturday, another Kiwi could soon be joining Lotto NZ’s exclusive millionaires’ club," said Kirsten Robinson, Senior Corporate Communications Manager at Lotto NZ.

Heading into the weekend, Lotto NZ has one piece of advice for Kiwis hoping to win big on Saturday - get your ticket early.

"We know that the last couple of hours before a draw are the busiest time for sales both in-store and online," said Kirsten Robinson.

"With $32 million up for grabs with Powerball on Saturday night - and a $1 million Strike Must Be Won draw also happening on the same night - Lotto NZ recommends that players get their ticket early to miss the last-minute queues."

Players can buy a ticket for Saturday’s $32 million Powerball draw in-store at any Lotto store or online at or through the Lotto NZ App.

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