Forty of New Zealand's luckiest, or unluckiest Lotto players have walked away from Lotto tonight having pocketed $25,000 each in Lotto's First Division.

It is the largest number of players to win Lotto First Division in a single draw since the game began in 1987.

Of those 40, only two players won Powerball, both being topped up a sweet $2,525,000.

The winning Powerball tickets were sold at Countdown Hastings and New Brighton Lotto and Discounter in Christchurch.

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The Powerball winning streak continues and is the second time this week it has been struck after a Silverdale winner received $7.2 million last Wednesday.

The Silverdale winnings are yet to be claimed and Lotto NZ is urging players to check their tickets.

Amazingly, the winning numbers were: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, Bonus 36, Powerball 7, and strike 3, 13, 7, 11.

Strike Four went unsnared and the tally for it has rolled over for the next draw.