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Playing the New Zealand Lottery

Jun 7, 2008
The New Zealand Lottery is operated by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission. It offers many exciting games to keep you having fun! Whether you choose to play Lotto, Big Wednesday, Keno or any of New Zealand's variety of scratch cards, you are bound to have a great time! There are no age restrictions on any of NZ's lottery games except Instant Kiwi - a scratch card - which can only be played by persons 18 years of age or older. Profits from the New Zealand lotteries are distributed to help fund recreation, arts, community projects, and even sports.

Playing Lotto

Lotto is NZ's favorite lottery game! Every week it offers you the chance to become a millionaire. To play, you simply choose your numbers and hope they match the winning numbers. If you don't want to choose your own numbers, you can choose to take a "Lucky Dip" and have your numbers chosen for you randomly. The winning Lotto numbers are draw every Saturday night, so don't miss the chance to see if you've won. However, even if you don't win, Lotto's Winning Wheel gives you another chance to win! To win the Winning Wheel, you simply need to match your serial number, which is found in the middle of your ticket, to the serial number drawn by the wheel. If your serial number matches the serial number drawn, you win!

Playing Big Wednesday

Big Wednesday is NZ's middle of the week game that offers you a chance to win over $2 million! The Big Wednesday Jackpot starts at $2 million plus 2 luxury cars, and every week it isn't won, more money and prizes are added. To play Big Wednesday, you just pick your own 6 numbers and choose either Heads or Tails. If you don't want to choose your own numbers, you can have the computer choose it for you. To win the jackpot, you must match 6 numbers correctly and you must have chosen the correct Heads or Tails. To find out if you've won, simply watch the Big Wednesday draw on TV1 at 8:20 pm every Wednesday night.

Playing Keno

Keno is a NZ lottery game that costs only $1 but that can result in winnings of $250,000! Keno is an easy game that is played twice a day, every day of the week. To play, you simply choose up to 10 numbers between 1 and 80. Each day, at 1pm and 6pm, 20 numbers are drawn. If enough of your numbers match the numbers drawn, you are a Keno winner!

Instant Win Games

The New Zealand Lottery also offers many instant win games called Instant Kiwi to satisfy your desire to win instantly. Instant Kiwi offers 12 exciting and fun instant tickets so you never get bored! Whether you choose to play a crossword or bingo-like game, or a quick thrill like Kiwi Treasures, you will have great and immediate fun!

Buying New Zealand Lottery Tickets

If you think any of these New Zealand lottery games sound exciting and you don't live in New Zealand, simply log onto the official NZ website. This site, like other official lottery sites, explains how to purchase tickets, and often times tickets can be purchased online so you can play most state lotteries from the comfort of your own home. You can also refer to official state websites for custom lottery news. Many sites offer lottery number generators to help make your lottery number picking easier for you. If you would like to purchase your tickets in person, you can also visit a local lottery terminal. No matter how you choose to purchase your tickets, or which tickets you choose to buy, you're bound to have some fun!
About the Author
Anthony Wayne works in the marketing department of online lottery site LuckyLotto in Pennsylvania. He is also editor of the Internet Bingo Blog a great source of internet bingo information.
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