Lotto tickets are expected to sell in record numbers ahead of the $44 million Powerball draw.

Lucky Lotto stores overwhelmed ahead of $44m draw

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Massive ticket sales are expected as a Lotto frenzy grips the nation ahead of the biggest Powerball draw ever on Wednesday night.

Retailers have been swamped with customers ahead of the draw for $44 million, which must be won.

Keen punters have been flocking to the country’s luckiest stores hoping that a reputation for selling big winners will continue after tomorrow night.

Richmond Night ‘N Day in Nelson has sold 32 first division winners, and owner David Smolenski told the Herald demand for tickets this time round has been “absolutely crazy”.

“It’s been fantastic,” he said.

“We’re one of the biggest stores, and we have a good following.”

He said people had come from all over the country to purchase tickets specifically at the store.

“They definitely come in with a purpose, we get them in from everywhere. We had some people come here from Gisborne, they said they knew about our store being lucky.”

Lotto spokeswoman Kirsten Robinson said she expects there to be over two million tickets sold, with today being the busiest day for sales.

“We expect high demand both online at MyLotto and in Lotto stores around the country, so recommend anyone wanting a ticket gets in early to avoid having to wait in a queue.”

  • Story by Ben Hill, NZ Herald