Tonight's $34 million Powerball draw is one of the largest prizes in New Zealand history and punters are hitting the shops in droves for their chance to win.

The last time the jackpot was over $30 million was almost three years ago, when an Aucklander took home $33 million to become the country's largest individual Powerball winner.

The $34 million Powerball jackpot is one of the largest prizes in history - the only larger win was on a Big Wednesday ticket, worth $36 million, in 2009.

Cherrywood Lotto and Book Shop owner Bublee Kaur said the shop had been run off its feet, especially on Saturday, when the jackpot was $30 million.


She expected today to be just as busy.

"Everyone wants to win. People are going crazy about the $34 million - they want the money."

Mrs Kaur said many of her customers had said they would love to share the prize money if they were lucky enough to take home the winning ticket.

"I've got my fingers crossed, I hope someone from here will win it. It would be really exciting if we did sell it here."

Mrs Kaur took over the lucky shop a month ago so it would be her first major win, although the store has sold many wining tickets in the past.

Local man Kevin Brokenshire was at the shop yesterday to get his Powerball ticket. He was a regular at the shop and made sure he got a ticket once a week.

"I won $1000 a few years ago. I live local here and this shop brings me good luck, whether it's a bit of money or a free ticket."

Mr Brokenshire said he would get a house and give some money to his two adult children, who were living in Auckland and Melbourne, and could use a hand getting properties.

Janice White was also lining up for a ticket and said if she won, she planned to put the money in the bank for six months and live off the interest until she decided what she would like to spend it on.

If the prize money continues to jackpot, a Must-Be-Won draw will be called at $40 million.

Lisa Dudson, financial advisor at Acumen, said the best thing people can do if they win big is "take a deep breath and do nothing".

"People can do crazy things when they win big, when they should give it time to settle.

"It's about thinking. Think about what's important to you. How do you want to add value to your life?"

She said people often failed to realise that "money didn't necessarily buy happiness", and that was where the aid of a financial advisor or a life coach would prove helpful.

"I would find out about them. What are their dreams and aspirations?"

She believed the right advice was critical.