NZ's top 10 luckiest Lotto regions
Lotto has announced New Zealand's luckiest Lotto regions for 2017 - and the big winner? The Wairarapa.
The South Wairarapa district includes Martinborough, Greytown and Featherston. It was propelled into the luckiest top spot after a family syndicate won $19.1 million with Powerball in November 2017, with a ticket bought in Greytown.
The region has an estimated population of 9,528, and on average, South Wairarapa locals won around $2,119 per capita. This is almost $1,000 more than the second luckiest region.
Second place went to the Central Otago District, in large part thanks to an $18.2 million win in February 2017 from a ticket bought on mylotto.co.nz.
In third place is the Thames-Coromandel District - unsurprising given a Thames couple took home a massive $27.3 million Powerball prize in May 2017, the fifth-largest Powerball prize won in Lotto New Zealand history.
On average, Thames-Coromandel District locals won around $1,159 per capita.
Meanwhile, in September 2017, a Taupo syndicate took home a massive $30.2 million prize with Powerball, which was the largest jackpot won by a single ticket last year.
This resulted in the Taupo District coming in as the fourth luckiest region in 2017, with Taupo locals taking home on average around $998 per capita.
Rounding out the top 10 spots are Rodney, Tauranga, Franklin, Timaru, Waitomo and Gisborne.
Each of these regions enjoyed a first division win with either Lotto or Powerball, helping cement their spot on this year's list.
Over $546 million in prizes were won in 2017 with Lotto, Powerball and Strike, including a total of 254 first division prizes won by players around the country.