A Christchurch Lotto buyer has nabbed $22 million overnight.
The lucky winner took out the top prize in last night's Big Wednesday lotto draw, netting a cool $22,569,174.
New Zealand Lotteries spokeswoman Emilia Mazur said the ticket was yet to be claimed, but had been purchased from Pak'nSave Riccarton.
It was the third-largest Big Wednesday jackpot won so far, behind the $37m prize won by Masterton sisters Fiona and Siobhan in 2009 - the largest single prize ever collected - and the $27m claimed by a Tauranga man last year.
Only eight prizes of more than $20m had ever been won in Lotto's history.
Lotto gamblers will be crossing their fingers for another big win on Saturday, when a $32m jackpot will be up for grabs.
The weekend's game was a "must-be-won" draw, meaning if there were no Powerball first division winners, the jackpot would be shared evenly amongst the winners of the next highest division.
The last must-be-won Powerball draw was in April 2011, which saw two players share the $35m prize.
Mazur said the full impact of this Saturday's draw would not be known until the weekend, as most players usually bought tickets on the day of the draw.
However, the first few days of sales this week was double that seen during a low jackpot week, such as a Powerball prize of about $4m, she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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