Powerball and Strike are the lottery games to play if you want the chance to win big prizes. You can play twice a week withdraws on Wednesday and Saturday. The aim of the game is to match the numbers on your ticket to the ones drawn.
Lotto Strike was introduced in April 1993 and cost $1 and you can add to your ticket four Lotto Strike numbers. The objective is to match these numbers, in exact order, with the first four numbers of the Lotto draw. The current minimum jackpot for the “Strike 4” prize is $100,000, and increases by that amount until won, or until the jackpot reaches $700,000 or the tenth draw without a winner.
Powerball was introduced in February 2001. A line may be “enhanced” by the purchase of a Powerball number. If Powerball is played, a minimum of four Powerball numbers must be purchased per ticket, at the cost of $0.80 per line. The Powerball number is a number between 1 and 10, drawn from a separate machine from the main Lotto draw. If the winning Powerball number is on the same line as a winning line of Lotto, the ticket holder wins a share of the Powerball prize pool in addition to the prize won from the main Lotto draw.
How to play Powerball and Strike Lotto NZ
First, you need to play the lotto first to play Powerball and Strike. Lotto can be just Lotto, Lotto and Powerball, Lotto and Strike, or all the three games together.
The aim of the games is to match the numbers on a line of your ticket to the winning numbers for that particular draw.
To Play Lotto
- To play Lotto, you need six numbers (from 1 to 40) to make a line on your ticket. You need to play at least four lines to enter a draw.
- You can pick your own numbers or play a Dip, where random numbers are chosen for you by our system.
- At each live Lotto draw six winning Lotto numbers plus one bonus ball are drawn.
- There are seven Lotto Prize Divisions. Division 1 is the top prize. To win Division 1 you need to match all six winning Lotto numbers on a single line of your ticket.
- Division 7 is the easiest division to win. To win you need to match any three of the winning Lotto numbers on a single line of your ticket.
Adding Strike to your Lotto ticket
Match any of the first four Lotto balls in the order that they’re drawn to win with Strike – match all four and you’ve won the top prize, Strike Four! The winning numbers must be on the same line as your ticket. You can add Strike to any Lotto or Powerball ticket or play on its own for just $1 per line.
Remember, Strike is an add-on to the game, which means you need to play Lotto first. Like Lotto, you can either pick your own numbers using the ticket builder, or you can play a Dip. You can play as few as one line or as many as 20 lines of Strike!
Adding Powerball to your Lotto ticket
Add a Powerball to any Lotto line to be in to win the big Powerball jackpot. To play Powerball, you need to add a Powerball number between 1 and 10 to each line of your Lotto ticket. If a winning Lotto line also has the correct Powerball number, your prize gets even bigger.
The aim of Powerball is to select the correct Powerball number that is drawn. You need to play Lotto in order to play Powerball. Powerball has its own numbers and a separate draw, which happens immediately after the Lotto draw.
Looking at your ticket, the Powerball number sits at the end of the Lotto line in its own special ‘Powerball’ column. You can choose to have the same Powerball number for all of your Lotto lines or mix it up. You can pick your Powerball number(s) yourself or get a random selection. The choice is yours!
Choose any of the three ways to Play
1. Buy a Dip
Dips are the easy, no-fuss way to play. Simply pick the Dip you would like to play and the lottery system will select random numbers for you. You can play Dips for Lotto, Lotto + Powerball, Lotto + Powerball + Strike or Strike.
To play just Lotto, choose a Lucky Dip. There are four Lucky Dips priced from $4.80 (8 lines of Lotto) to $12 (20 lines of Lotto).
To play Lotto and Powerball, choose a Power Dip. There are four Power Dips priced from $9.60 (8 lines of Lotto and 8 lines of Powerball) to $24 (20 lines of Lotto and 20 lines of Powerball).
To play Lotto, Powerball and Strike, choose a Triple Dip. There are four Triple Dips priced from $14 (10 lines of Lotto, 10 lines of Powerball and 2 lines of Strike) to $26 (20 lines of Lotto, 20 lines of Powerball and 2 lines of Strike).
2. Pick your own numbers
Simply use the number selector to pick six numbers between 1 and 40 for each line of Lotto. You need to play at least four lines of Lotto on a ticket and can play more if you’re feeling lucky! For more chances to win you can add Powerball and Strike.
3. Create Favourite
When you buy a ticket, you’ll have the option to save it as a Favourite. You can also save any active tickets as Favourite or when buying a ticket online or with an app use the given button to create a Favourite without buying a ticket.
How much is New Zealand Lotto
Lotto costs 60 cents per line. If you’re picking your own numbers, you must choose a minimum of four lines, which will cost you $2.40. You can also play Dips, which range from $4.80 to $12 for Lotto.
Strike costs $1 per line. You can add 1 to 20 lines of Strike to your Lotto ticket.
Powerball costs 60 cents per line. If you’re picking your own numbers, you must choose a minimum of four lines of both Lotto and Powerball, which will cost you $4.80. You can also play Dips, which range from $9.60 to $24 for Lotto Powerball.
The Jackpots to win
- The Lotto First Division prize is $1 million for every draw. If more than one person wins, then the prize is shared equally amongst the winners.
- The Powerball jackpot starts at $4 million and increases with each draw until it’s won or until it reaches $50 million when a Must Be Won draw will be called.
- Like Lotto, if more than one person wins Powerball First Division, the prize is shared equally amongst the winners.
- The Strike Four jackpot starts at $100,000 and grows each draw until it’s won or it reaches $700,000 when a Must Be Won draw will be called. If more than one person wins Strike Four, the prize is shared equally between the winners.
When is the Draw
Lotto is drawn at approximately 8.20 pm every Wednesday and at 8 pm every Saturday. The draw is broadcast live on TV1 and will also be available on TVNZ OnDemand shortly afterward. Also, check results online that are available from 9.15 pm
If you bought a ticket online or with the Lotto NZ app and you’re a winner, you’ll get a message in your MyLotto account the morning after the draw. Check your results online now.
Plus, if you win a prize of over $1,000 you’ll also get an email telling you about the big news and how to claim your prize
Tickets bought in-store can be checked at any Lotto NZ outlet or through the Lotto NZ App. If you’re lucky enough to win a prize over $1,000, then you can claim your prize in-store at any Lotto store or in-person from Lotto NZ’s Auckland head office. Note that New Zealand lotteries are subject to many regulations. The minimum age to purchase lottery products is 18.