All you need to know about Lotto
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Saturday nights changed forever when Lotto was introduced back in 1994. Since then, it’s become the nation’s favourite game – played by millions in towns and cities across the country. Today, it’s as popular as ever, with thousands winning prizes in every game. As far as lotteries go, Lotto is the real McCoy.
So how do you play?
Pick 6 numbers from 1–59 or go with a Lucky Dip ® for randomly selected numbers.
You can play up to 7 lines of numbers on each play slip and buy up to 10 slips at a time.
Choose to play on Wednesday or Saturday – or both, and then the number of weeks you’d like to play.
You’re good to go!
You can buy Lotto tickets online every day from 6am until 11pm. But remember, to play on a draw day, you’ll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.
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Play every Wednesday and Saturday.
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Look out for those rolldowns
Lotto can only Rollover 5 times. The 5th Rollover is a Must Be Won draw.
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In a Lotto Must Be Won draw where no one wins the jackpot by matching 6 main numbers, there’s a Rolldown. This means the jackpot is shared by players matching 2 or more main numbers, so thousands can expect to win a boosted cash prize! 
Lotto Rolldown enhancements are effective from the 7th November draw. See more information on these changes. If the jackpot is not won in a Must Be Won draw, match 2 winners will each receive £5 in addition to their Lotto Lucky Dip. The remaining jackpot will be allocated to all other winning prize tiers in set percentages. More information about Rolldowns are included in the Lotto Game Procedures
Different ways to check results
Check on the go
Use our App on your mobile to see if you’ve won. You can also scan paper tickets for instant results. Get it on Google Play or the App Store.
Here on the web
All results are published here on the website every Wednesday and Saturday from around 9.30pm.
Watch the draw live
Watch all Lotto draws first on our website or YouTube channel at 8pm every Wednesday and 7.45pm every Saturday.
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What are the average jackpots, compared with the previous game?
Base jackpots on Lotto are £2 million on a Wednesday (up from £1.8 million previously) and £3.8 million on a Saturday (up from £3.1 million previously).
The jackpot grows as it rolls, and we expect Must-Be-Won draws to be around £11 million on a Wednesday and £12 million on a Saturday.
As the jackpot is now only allowed to roll five times under the new format (compared with the previous rules where it rolled up to £22 million), the jackpot will be won more often.
How does a Rolldown work?
Lotto Rolldown enhancements are effective from the 7th November draw. Find out more.
Whenever there’s a Lotto Must Be Won draw and no one wins the jackpot by matching 6 main numbers, there’s a Rolldown. This means the jackpot is shared across other prize tiers where players match 2 or more main numbers, so thousands can expect to win a boosted cash prize.
Players matching 2 main numbers in a Rolldown will each receive a £5 cash prize in addition to their usual free Lucky Dip ® . The remaining jackpot prize fund will then be allocated (in set percentages) to the other winning prize tiers and shared amongst those winners.
For details of the Rolldown mechanic, see the Lotto Game Procedures.
What are the odds?
The odds remain the same as they were previously, but the jackpot will be won more often because it is now only allowed to roll over five times (previously it rolled up to £22 million).
Why did you not change the price or number of balls?
Sales of the old £1, ‘6 from 49’ game had been falling for a long time. As a result, so had the amount of money it was raising for Good Causes, which is ultimately what we’re here for.
Secondly, in 2015, we didn’t just add 10 extra balls – there were a number of other changes (for example, the ‘Millionaire Raffle’ and a free Lotto Lucky Dip® ticket for matching two main numbers). If we make a change to one part of the game, we have to consider the knock-on effects that would happen in other parts of the game. We need to look at the game in its entirety.
We’ve listened to what people (players, non-players and retailers) have told us and what they want from Lotto in the future – jackpots that will be won more often, with bigger cash prizes at the other levels. We believe that the improvements we’ve made will do just that.
Where has the money from the raffle gone?
All of the money has gone into the main draw.
We’ve listened to feedback and responded by taking Lotto back to its roots: focusing on the main draw and bigger, fixed prizes – so players will know exactly what they will win.
In addition, the jackpot will be won more often, the prize fund will be more fairly shared across all levels and we’ve added a new £1 million prize for matching 5+Bonus Ball (up from around £50,000 previously).
Have these changes impacted Lotto HotPicks?
There have been no changes to Lotto HotPicks prizes as a result of these changes – the new prize amounts apply to Lotto only.
The only change is that you can now only play Lotto HotPicks 4 weeks in advance.
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New Zealand Lotto FAQs
All the answers to common New Zealand Lotto questions, including whether prizes are taxed and the current jackpot amount.
- When does the New Zealand Lotto draw take place?
- What time do New Zealand Lotto ticket sales close?
- How can I win a New Zealand Lotto prize?
- I don’t live in New Zealand, can I play New Zealand Lotto?
- Do New Zealand Lotto prizes expire?
- How old do you have to be to play the New Zealand Lotto?
- Will I pay tax on my New Zealand Lotto winnings?
- What are my chances of landing a prize on New Zealand Lotto?
- How does the Lotto jackpot work?
- When is the next New Zealand Lotto draw?
- What does the New Zealand Lotto jackpot currently stand at?
- How much does it cost to buy a New Zealand Lotto ticket?
Question: When does the New Zealand Lotto draw take place?
Answer: The New Zealand Lotto draw takes place twice a week. Saturday draws are held at 8pm NZST and Wednesday draws take place at approximately 8.20pm NZST.
Question: What time do New Zealand Lotto ticket sales close?
Answer: Ticket sales close at 7.30pm NZST on the night of the draw and re-open shortly afterwards. If you are buying your tickets online through a lottery concierge, ticket sale cut-off times can vary, so players are advised to check with the online service they are using to ensure they do not miss out.
Question: How can I win the New Zealand Lotto?
Answer: You can win a prize by matching three main numbers, but you’ll need to match all six main numbers if you want to scoop the jackpot!
Question: I don’t live in New Zealand, can I play New Zealand Lotto?
Answer: Wherever you live in the world, you can buy New Zealand Lotto and Powerball tickets through an online lottery concierge service. They will send an agent based in New Zealand to buy your ticket, upload a scan of it to your account and inform you of any winnings.
Question: Do New Zealand Lotto prizes expire?
Answer: New Zealand Lotto prizes must be claimed within a year of the date of the winning draw, otherwise the money is used to boost the prize fund for other games.
Question: How old do you have to be to play the New Zealand Lotto?
Answer: There is no age limit on taking part in New Zealand Lotto for people buying tickets within the country, but players using an online concierge are required to be 18 or over.
Question: Will I pay tax on my New Zealand Lotto winnings?
Answer: There are no tax implications for New Zealand residents who win on New Zealand Lotto, but you may have to pay taxes in your own country if you play from overseas. It is best to check with a tax specialist as to your potential liabilities.
Question: What are my chances of landing a prize on New Zealand Lotto?
Answer: The odds of winning a New Zealand Lotto First Division prize are 1 in 3,838,380 with the odds of winning any prize standing at 1 in 30. See the New Zealand Lotto Prizes page for more information.
Question: How does the Lotto jackpot work?
Answer: The Lotto jackpot remains at NZ $1 million for every draw.
Question: When is the next New Zealand Lotto draw?
Answer: Saturday 28th November 2020.
Question: What does the New Zealand Lotto jackpot currently stand at?
Answer: The next New Zealand Lotto jackpot is NZ$1,000,000.
Question: How much does it cost to buy a New Zealand Lotto ticket?
Answer: The cost is NZ$0.70 per line. However, a ticket must contain a minimum of 4 lines, therefore the cheapest ticket is NZ$2.80.
Get answers to the most common New Zealand Lotto questions, such as the draw time, the cost of a ticket and the next NZ Lotto jackpot.