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Upper North Island Dominates In The Powerball Stakes

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16 October 2008 - The upper North Island is home to the top twenty Powerball winning stores in the country, but the rest of New Zealand is vying to get on the list with this weekend's record breaking 'Must Be Won' $30m jackpot up for grabs.

Manukau City Lotto has sold three winning Powerball tickets worth over $13 million in total, Countdown Lynfield in Auckland takes the second spot with two Powerball winners, and Whangarei's Keyman comes in third with one Powerball First Division winner, and one Powerball Second Division winner in 2003's 'Must Be Won' draw.

NZ Lotteries Chief Executive Todd McLeay says it is not surprising that Auckland is highly represented by winning stores, as more than 30 percent of tickets are sold in that region.

Top Powerball winning store, Manukau City Lotto's owner operator Marylin Corfield says she wouldn't be surprised if they sold another winning ticket following their busiest few weeks in Lotto history.

"To be honest, it's been crazy busy around here and I'm looking forward to having a day off next week when things quieten down a bit. We have three Lotto terminals and four of us in our team working all the time, so after Saturday's over I'm going to hide for a while - but after I've checked my ticket first!"

The other top twenty Powerball winning stores are Shell NZ Limited in Whangarei (New Zealand's first ever Powerball winning store), Dargaville's Mags N More, Kaeo's Four Square, North Shore City's Hayward's Paper Power, Devonport New World and Mairangi Bay Dairy and Lotto, Auckland's Braggers Lotto, Chance Enterprises, Amigo's Paper Power & Lotto, Roskill South Hammer Hardware, Mt Wellington Lotto and Bay Village Grocers, Whangaparoa's Paper Plus Toyworld Manly, Waitakere's Pak N Save Lincoln Rd Lotto, Kelston Copy & Lotto and Camera & Printz Westgate, and Manukau's Ponderosa Superette.

Whilst the South Island is not represented in the top twenty - Hokitika New World sold the seventh largest Powerball prize in November 2002.

The largest Lotto Powerball First Division individual prize won was $19,054,243 won by a player who purchased their ticket at Pak N Save New Plymouth in April 2008. With Powerball reaching the 'Must Be Won' threshold of $30 million, if it's not won by a First Division winner or winners, Powerball second division winners share the $30 million. If there are no division one or two winners, Powerball third division winners will share the $30 million.

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