For one lucky Hastings Lotto ticket holder last weekend was an extra special way to see off the month of January.

A $28,694 'special way' as they scooped a share of the second division prize on Saturday night.

There were 10 winners of the division which was worth $23,071 - but in the Hastings ticket holder's favour was the fact they also had the right Powerball number to go with it which boosted the winning result.

The ticket was bought at the Flaxmere Pharmacy and was the only one of the winning 10 to have the Powerball attached.


The win came only a fortnight after another Hastings Lotto punter shared a slice of the second division - winning $18,360 with a ticket bought at Pak'NSave Hastings.

Per capita of population, and in terms of how much has been won, Hastings comes in as the sixth luckiest place in the land for Lotto wins.

Figures released by the Lotteries Commission show that the total prizemoney picked up in the city last year would equate to every resident getting $151.83.

That was way ahead of Napier, where the total big Lotto wins would equate to each resident taking away $62.45.

Taupo came in 47th, Wairoa District 57th and Central Hawke's Bay 62nd.

One of the reasons for Hastings' seemingly ongoing lucky run is the record racked up by Unichem Stortford Lodge Pharmacy.

Topping the big list though is Westland District, which has a population of just 8640, and was helped into the number one spot after a big $6.5 million Powerball win back in January last year.

Per capita of population, when added to other big wins in the region, every person there would receive $799.10.

Rotorua came in second with a per capita payout of $418.70 and Porirua City was third with $348.68.