If you plan to celebrate 25 years of Lotto with a ticket for tonight's Big Wednesday draw, some outlets offer better odds than others.
Radius Pharmacy in Hastings tops the Lotteries Commission's list of the top 15 retailers for first division winners, with 34 winning tickets.
Nanette Woodham, lotto supervisor at Radius Pharmacy, said of the 34 wins: "It's had a massive impact. It's really put us on the tourist track, because everybody who comes to Hastings says, ‘Oh, we must go to the luckiest Lotto shop'.
"So we retain that status. And it's been wonderful for business."
She has worked at the pharmacy for 18 years: "I've seen a lot of it. Not quite the full 25 years, but a lot of it."
The highest-ranked in Wellington is Mall Books & Lotto in Riddiford St, Newtown, at No 6. It has sold 21 first division tickets since it opened in 1987, resulting in more than $10.1 million in prizes.
Max and Susie Maisuria, who have owned Mall Books & Lotto for more than a decade, could not explain the store's stroke of luck.
"Looking at the size of Newtown, we've sold a lot of prizes," Mr Maisuria said.
"And we're selling more tickets than the supermarkets because of our wins."
More than $12m in cash and close to $2m in prizes are up for grabs in tonight's Big Wednesday draw, and Mr Maisuria said he expected this to drive ticket sales. "Wednesday and Saturdays are our busiest days."
1 is the luckiest number, having been drawn 378 times in Lotto and Lotto Strike games
3 is the luckiest Powerball number, having been drawn 80 times
The biggest individual Lotto win was more than $28 million, in October 2010.
Te Kauwhata supermarket worker Trevor Cooper was dubbed New Zealand's most eligible bachelor after he won more than $26.5m this year
18 people have been made millionaires live on television since the winning wheel was introduced in 1993
The odds of winning Lotto first division are 1 in 3,838,380 per line played In 1993, a record 38 people won first division; each took home $35,937
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