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How Coronavirus Has Affected NZ Powerball

New Zealand Powerball is currently only available to online players after the decision was made by Lotto NZ to suspend all retail sales due to the coronavirus pandemic. The changes came into effect following the draw on Wednesday 25 March. Learn more about the impact Covid-19 is having on Powerball in New Zealand.

Lockdown in New Zealand

The alert level in New Zealand has been raised following an increase in cases, with the government declaring a state of emergency and clamping down on what citizens are allowed to do. You are now only permitted to leave home for essential work or supplies, and police officers have the power to enforce these tough measures if you can’t explain why you are outside.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has warned that if people don’t comply with the restrictions, the lockdown will remain in place for longer.

To support the lockdown, Lotto NZ has brought a halt to ticket sales at retail points of sale, even the lottery counters at those stores which will be staying open – such as supermarkets, petrol stations and pharmacies.

Changes to How Winning Numbers Are Chosen

Lottery bosses have insisted that draws will continue as scheduled every Wednesday and Saturday, so that the game can carry on raising funds for good causes around New Zealand. However, the winning numbers will not be selected in the same way.

Starting with the draws on Saturday 28 March, the draws for New Zealand Lotto and Powerball will be conducted by a random number generator instead of a traditional ball machine. This computer-generated system is already used to generate results for some of the country’s other games such as Keno and Bullseye, so it is already fully operational.

Playing Online

With retail sales suspended, the only option for players is to take part online. This is a much safer method as you do not need to have any close contact with others and can get involved from home whenever is convenient for you.

When you choose lottery numbers online, they are kept secure so there is never any danger of them getting lost or stolen. You are also alerted by email if you win a prize so you do not even have to check the results.

Claiming Prizes

Another benefit of playing online is that prizes are paid directly into your lottery account in the majority of cases. It is only the largest awards which may require additional verification checks, and you will be notified about how to proceed when you win.

The claim period for New Zealand Powerball prizes is 12 months, so Lotto NZ have told players that they should not come forward at the current time. Claim centres are not open and will remain shut until restrictions are lifted. No date has been set for when the normal claim process or retail purchases will resume.

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