NZ@Noon: Lotto fever hits Tauranga

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Lotto fever has hit the Bay, with huge numbers of people snapping up tickets ahead of tonight's must-win draw.
Lotto fever has hit the Bay, with huge numbers of people snapping up tickets ahead of tonight's must-win draw.

People are queueing outside Tauranga's Bayfair Shopping Centre trying to buy Lotto tickets, and a 'menace on the roads' is jailed. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Queues of people buying Lotto tickets ahead of tonight's must-win draw are already stretching out the door at Bayfair Shopping Centre.

A 33-year-old Whangarei man described as a "menace on the roads" has been jailed for four months and banned from driving for a year and a half after he led police on a pursuit through residential streets.

A reward of $5000 is being offered as part of a quest to find a painted mural that went missing from the Wairoa Centennial Library in 2001.

Long-serving Rotorua police area commander Inspector Bruce Horne is to retire at the end of the year after more than 30 years on the force.

Whanganui people with roots in the United States are paying close attention to the chaotic election campaign playing out there.

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