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Devonport Ticket Wins $5.5 Mn Powerball Jackpot

Media Release

23 April 2005

For Immediate Release

$5.5 MILLION POWERBALL JACKPOT WON BY DEVONPORT TICKET

A Lotto ticket sold in Devonport, Auckland, has won $5.5 million after winning the Powerball jackpot in last night's Lotto draw, Chief Executive Trevor Hall announced tonight.

The ticket was sold at Devonport New World and the winner, who is still to come forward, will take home a total of $5,483,677. This is made up of $5,108,868 from Powerball and $374,809 from being a Division One Lotto winner.

Mr Hall urged all Lotto players who bought tickets at Devonport New World to get their tickets checked and to immediately contact the Lotteries Commission if they have won.

"We have staff who can provide winners with advice about the next steps to take.

"We are thrilled for this week's winner. With a total prize payout of $5.5 million, this is the eleventh largest Powerball jackpot ever won in New Zealand. The win will be a life-changing experience for whoever has the winning ticket.

There were two other Division One winners, from tickets sold at Lindsay's Lotto Post and More, Wanganui, and Miramar Books and Lotto, Wellington. Both tickets won $374,809.

Two lucky ticket holders won Strike 4, each winning $139,722. The winning Strike tickets were sold at Lotto and Wild Thingz in Christchurch and Books and More, Golden Centre, Dunedin.

To top off a great night for players, sixteen lucky players from throughout New Zealand won $20,514 by winning Lotto Second Division.

ENDS

About NZ Lotteries:

NZ Lotteries (New Zealand Lotteries Commission) was established in 1987 and operates in the New Zealand market as a crown entity under the Gambling Act 2003. Its purpose is to provide safe gaming that allows New Zealanders to play and win and contribute money back to New Zealand communities.

For more information: www.nzlotteries.co.nz


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