The Saturday evening Lotto draw occurs at 8pm New Zealand Time and is shown live on TV channel 2 in NZ (ticket purchases close at 7pm on that day). In addition, there is a "Big Wednesday" draw every Wednesday. Every week on the live Lotto draw, the winner of the winning wheel has a chance to spin the wheel and win one of a variety of prizes, which includes a one million dollar cash prize. Lotto can be played by both non-New Zealand residents and residents.
The first Lotto draw occurred on the 1st August 1987. On the 17th February 2001, Powerball became part of Lotto, which has been popular since its inception. Powerball adds an additional ball to the game, which if correctly chosen by the player actually multiplies the winnings greatly (if the first six balls were correctly selected).