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$11 Million Up For Grabs In Lotto Powerball Jackpo

23 June 2005

$11 Million Up For Grabs In Lotto Powerball Jackpot

Lotto Powerball has jackpotted to an estimated $11 million for this Saturday's draw, New Zealand Lotteries Commission (NZ Lotteries) Chief Executive Trevor Hall said today.

"If the Powerball jackpot is won this weekend on an individual ticket, the player would almost certainly win the second biggest Powerball jackpot prize ever," said Mr Hall.

"A lucky player could be walking away with $11 million from Powerball and $1 million from Lotto's First Division this weekend."

As well as the massive $11 million Powerball Jackpot, Strike is jackpotting this weekend and Strike players will be in with a chance to win $1 million.

If you won the $11 million Powerball jackpot this weekend you could:

- Invest in the property market and purchase 30 houses in Auckland, or buy the 16th Century Castle Grant in Morayshire, Scotland on 9 hectares of land, or - Buy 31 Bentley Continental GT cars, or - Book out Jade stadium's 37,000 seats for this weekend's test match and still have change for a hat, scarf and drinks for everyone in the crowd, or - Take 253 of your closest friends to the movies, every night for eight and a half years, or - Fly first class, return, to Paris, France. Then go up the Eiffel Tower to propose to your partner, with 1000 of your friends and family. Then you could throw a $2.3 million wedding at the Paris Ritz Hotel. "Powerball has always been the big game with long odds that offers huge prizes. It's totally unpredictable, and could go at any time," said Mr Hall.

The largest prize ever won by an individual ticket was $14,763,254, won in April last year from a ticket sold in Kawerau. Other big wins have included an $11.4 million prize to a ticket bought in Hokitika in November 2002, and $9.9 million prize won in the 2004 Christmas Day draw on a ticket bought in Wellington, said Mr Hall.

The other two prizes currently in the top five are $9.8 million from a ticket sold in Wanganui in May 2003 and $8.2 million in June 2001 to a ticket sold in Whangarei.

The $11 million Powerball jackpot is the largest so far this year but two other Powerball jackpot prizes this year have exceeded $5 million. In January a rugby sevens fan scooped a cool $6.5 million on a ticket bought in Wellington, and in April a ticket sold in Devonport, Auckland, won $5.5 million.

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