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Lotto sells 2 million tickets

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With tonight’s $50 million Powerball Must Be Won draw only hours away, tickets sales are expected to climb to an estimated 2,200 Lotto tickets being sold every minute between the peak time between 6pm and 7pm today.

"We were selling nearly 2,000 tickets every minute at around 3pm today, but expecting that to increase to at least 2,200 per minute during our peak time between 6pm - 7pm."

Lotto NZ can confirm that more than 2 million tickets have now been purchased for tonight’s draw - and the day’s not over yet.

"While there is always an incredible buzz around a Must Be Won jackpot, keeping our community safe is the most important thing right now," says Marie Winfield, Head of Communications at Lotto NZ. "If you are planning on buying your ticket in-store this afternoon, please keep health and safety top of mind and follow the COVID-19 guidelines".

With the current alert levels in place, Lotto NZ encourages their customers to purchase tickets online via the MyLotto website and app,

"Sales are typically at their peak after 5pm. I can’t stress enough how important it is to buy your ticket as early as possible. If you want to get a ticket for tonight’s draw, now’s the time to buy it," says Marie.

Every year 100% of Lotto NZ’s profits go to over 3,000 great causes around New Zealand. Over the past decade, Lotto NZ returned almost $2.2 billion in profits to communities all around New Zealand. Read more about how Lotto players made this possible here: A decade of making a difference

Lotto NZ’s games are based on a large number of people spending a small amount of money for a small chance to win big. At all times Lotto NZ encourages our customers to play responsibly - this is all about having fun, being informed and knowing your limits. For more information on the tools and resources we offer, visit MyLotto.

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