Lotto luck absent for Northlanders

By Mike Dinsdale

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When it came to Lotto luck last year, Northland was firmly middle of the road.

Lotto NZ has just released details of Lotto wins per capita for 78 towns, cities and districts in the country, with Westland coming out on top at winnings of $799.10 per person.

This was almost double the second place district - Rotorua at $418.97 - and aided by Westland's small population of 8,640 and Hokitika's $6.5 million Powerball win in January.

Whangarei had the highest per capita winnings of the three Northland districts at $52.40, coming in at 39th place. Kaipara had per capita winnings of $49.81 in 43rd place while the Far North rate was $48.35 in 45th.

Southland props up the list at a paltry $19.19 per person winnings.

Five Lotto players in Northland won First Division prizes totalling more than $1.6 million last year.

The first won $500,000 with Lotto First Division with a ticket purchased at Sweet Gifts in Ruakaka in January; in June another player scooped $250,000 on Lotto First Division with a ticket sold at Jaques Four Square in Kaiwaka.

Just a few months later a player in Waipapa won $166,667 with Lotto First Division on a ticket bought at Waipapa Dairy and in November a $500,000 Lotto First Division prize was won with a ticket from, Mangonui Stationery and Lotto.

Lotto NZ said 2015 was a particularly competitive year, with the Powerball First Division jackpot being won a record number of times. Some people may regard the number 13 as unlucky, but there was nothing unlucky for 13 New Zealanders who each scooped the top Powerball prize during the year.

Rounding out the top 10 spots were Porirua, Thames-Coromandel, Franklin Ward, Hastings, Tauranga, Nelson, Palmerston North, and Lower Hutt.

Each of these regions enjoyed a First Division win with either Powerball or Big Wednesday. Over $395 million in prizes were won in 2015 with Lotto and Big Wednesday, with a total of 164 First Division prizes won.

- Northern Advocate

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