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Call for public audit of NZ Lotto and Powerball!

Posted by te2ataria on October 10, 2019

Sent by blog reader “Eve” [Edited by Moderator DH. Updated by Moderator K]

31 Kiwis became overnight Lotto millionaires in 2019 so far –Report

“I wonder if the blog post had anything to do with the Powerball rollover!” Eve has asked.

[Eve left her comment at: Okay, Lotto New Zealand is rigged, too!]

The blog had commented on: “The odds for the Lotto to be won pretty regularly, with far fewer rollovers than any similar system anywhere in the world.”

Lotto jackpots to $32m after tonight’s Powerball goes begging —NZHerald

Lotto’s Powerball has jackpotted to a jaw-dropping $32 million after tonight’s monster $28m jackpot failed to go off.

It means Kiwis across the country will get another shot at becoming multimillionaires this weekend.

“Saturday’s $32 million Powerball jackpot is one of the largest in New Zealand history,” said Lotto spokeswoman Kirsten Robinson.

What are the odds that each year at least 31 Kiwis become “millionaires after winning with Lotto’s games,” asks Eve?

This year, 31 Kiwis became overnight millionaires after winning with Lotto’s games, including 12 who have won big with Powerball. [That’s a total of 31 wins over 40 weeks including the dozen mega wins, despite the Powerball’s gravity-defying odds. Moderator]

And in total, 906 Kiwis had become overnight millionaires with Lotto since it was established way back in 1987. [That’s an average of 28 wins per year. Moderator]

The odds of winning the NZ Lotto top prize are one in 3.8 million and an even more dizzying for the Powerball at one in 38 million. [Sci-fi fans would be thrilled to learn the range of statistical improbabilities.]

You have a higher chance of being born with extra fingers or toes, or nailing a hole-in-one on a par 3 at the golf course.

You’re even more likely to be struck by lightning (one in 280,000), eaten by a shark (one in 3,700,000) or killed in a car crash on your way home (one in 11,000) (sic).

To cover all the combinations and guarantee a winner in the Powerball draw, 38,383,800 tickets, each with a unique combination, must be bought.

If the tickets are bought randomly by large number of people playing independent of each other, which is normally the case, many more than 38 million tickets would be required to win the Poweball because of the multiples of no-win combinations. [Multiple wining combinations seldom occur.]

The 38,383,800 tickets bought @ $1.50 generate $57,575,700 in revenue for each draw. That’s a whopping $3 billion per year from the sales of Powerball tickets alone!

Latest Lotto Stats: Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!
Draw Number: 1897 – Wednesday October 9th 2019
Total prize payout: $3,511,351
No. of tickets sold: N/A
Powerball: Not won

Draw Number: 1896 – Saturday October 5th 2019
Total prize payout: $3,697,298
No. of tickets sold: N/A
Powerball: Not won

Wouldn’t you want to know how much money is raked in from the sales of Lotto, Powerball and related games? Wouldn’t you want to see proof of exactly how much of the revenue is distributed by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board as funding for recreation, arts, community projects and sports?

Don’t be a sucker!  Call for a public audit of NZ Lotto and Powerball!

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6 Responses to “Call for public audit of NZ Lotto and Powerball!”

  1. Hercule Poirot said

    Identical winning numbers crop up in hundreds of U.S. lotteries. Are the drawings really random?
    In dozens of the games across the United States, identical winning numbers have been generated within weeks or months of each other — sometimes in consecutive drawings, a Des Moines Register investigation shows.

  2. Sam A. said

    Two new millionaires from massive $38m Lotto jackpot
    “Two lucky Aucklanders are splitting a massive $38 million Powerball jackpot.
    Both winning tickets were sold on MyLotto, with the winners each taking home $19,142,857.”

  3. POWL said

    The Jackpot rollover prize ceiling of $50million is designed to deter syndicate players, because the cost of buying 38,383,800 tickets (each at $1.50) to guarantee a win is $57,575,700.
    What are the odds the jackpot could be won 14 times, so far this year. Can anyone provide an estimate?

    Lotto’s $38 million Powerball prize: Ticket sales continue to skyrocket as jackpot swells
    (14 Oct, 2019)
    More than 1.7 million Lotto tickets are expected to be sold for a chance to claim Wednesday night’s mammoth $38m Powerball draw.
    There were around 1.6m ticket sales for Saturday’s unclaimed $32m draw, the equivalent of each Aucklander buying one ticket.
    Record number of tickets expected to be sold for $44 million Lotto prize (9 Nov, 2016 7)
    More than two million Lotto tickets are expected to sell for tonight’s record $44 million must-be-won Powerball draw.

    Powerball First Division wins in 2019 so far

    Date Prize Store & Location
    2 January $22.3 million Inglewood Bookcentre Taranaki
    26 January $10 million Feilding Video Centre Feilding
    9 February $8 million MyLotto Auckland
    16 February $5.5 million MyLotto Christchurch
    13 March $11 million Unichem Stortford Lodge Hastings
    17 April $16.2 million MyLotto Auckland
    24 April $5.3 million MyLotto Auckland
    1 May $5.5 million Taipa Foodmarket Taipa
    22 May $9.2 million MyLotto Auckland
    16 June $10.2 million Whitcoulls The Base Hamilton
    20 July $16.5 million Woodys Winners Wellsford
    17 August $12.2 million MyLotto Auckland
    16 October $38 million (two winners) MyLotto Auckland

    • Jack P. said

      Please remove my earlier submission, which I’ve now updated.

      Here is a simplified model for NZ Powerball:
      Winning combinations are generated with improbable odds and at highly improbable frequency:
      – The odds of winning the jackpot (six Lotto numbers from 1 to 40 + powerball) are 1 in 38,383,800 (one in 38.4 million).
      – The odds that each draw produces a winner with only 1.7 million tickets (4 lines each) sold is about 1.7*4/38.4 or 1 in 5.64 . [The probability of two jackpots being won with the same improbable odds are 1/5.64 x 1/5.64]
      – Some 14 winning combination have resulted from 82 draws, so far this year. The odds of that happening are about 1 in 5,691,948,389 (5.69E09) or 1 in 5.7 billion.

      I conclude the system is rigged to produce “easy” wins. For additional answers follow the money: Assuming at least some of the winners are not part of the scam, where exactly do the considerable proceeds from ticket sales go?

      Ps. I have submitted my model to my math professor for verification and validation by simulation on a supercomputer.

  4. Toujours Hiver said

    I’ve often wondered about this. I can’t prove this, but my theory is far worse than Lotto being rigged. I don’t believe anyone wins. I saw this conspiracy on a Youtube video about lotteries generally. I’d like to at least float the hypothesis that the “winners” are paid actors, and that nobody ever wins this thing.

    The whole thing is a scam – “a tax on the poor” as the saying goes.

    • te2ataria said

      “Toujours Hiver” said: “The whole thing is a scam – ‘a tax on the poor’ as the saying goes.”


      The scam thrives on the fact that the players, representing about 90 per cent of the population, are intellectually challenged, dumb, suckers!

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