Lotto Amendment Rules 2010



Lotto Amendment Rules 2010

Pursuant to section 243 of the Gambling Act 2003, the Minister of Internal Affairs approves the following rules, which were made by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission on 25 August 2010.


1 Title
  • These rules are the Lotto Amendment Rules 2010.

2 Commencement
  • These rules come into force on 3 October 2010.

3 Principal rules amended
4 Cost of selection
  • Rule 8(b) is amended by omitting 50 and substituting 60.

5 New rule 31A inserted
  • The following rule is inserted after rule 31:

    31A Commission may determine maximum allocation for division one
    • (1) The Commission may determine the maximum amount that may be allocated to division one out of the prize pool for a game of standard lotto.

      (2) If, in a game of standard lotto, the allocation for division one under rule 31(2)(a) exceeds the maximum allocation determined by the Commission under subclause (1) for that game, the Commission must set aside the amount of the excess from the allocation for division one and pay it into the prize reserve fund.

6 Division of prizes and allocation of prize pool for lotto powerball
  • Rule 33 is amended by revoking subclause (2) and substituting the following subclause:

    • (2) The prize pool for a game of lotto powerball determined in accordance with rule 32(1), less any amount set aside for the prize reserve fund under rule 32(2), must be allocated between the prize divisions as follows:

      • (a) division one, 85.74%:

      • (b) division two, 2.23%:

      • (c) division three, 2.23%:

      • (d) division four, 0.6%:

      • (e) division five, 4.64%:

      • (f) division six, 4.56%.

7 Jackpots for standard lotto and lotto strike
  • Rule 36(1) is amended by inserting rule 31A and after restriction in.

8 Threshold amount, maximum number of games, and specified lotto powerball date
  • Rule 36A(1) is amended by revoking paragraph (a) and substituting the following paragraph:

    • (a) must determine for division one—

      • (i) the maximum amount of the allocation of the prize pool (the threshold amount); and

      • (ii) the maximum number of games of lotto powerball for which a jackpot may occur (the maximum number of lotto powerball games):.

9 New rule 36B substituted
  • Rule 36B is revoked and the following rule substituted:

    36B Jackpots for lotto powerball
    • (1) This rule applies if, as a result of any drawing, there is no division one winning selection for a game of lotto powerball.

      (2) The portion of the available prize pool for the game that was allocated to division one in that drawing must be added, subject to subclause (3), to the division one allocation in the next game (jackpot).

      (3) A jackpot may not occur—

      • (a) if, as at the conclusion of the drawing referred to in subclause (1), the jackpot would result in the division one allocation in the next game exceeding the threshold amount for division one; or

      • (b) for more than the maximum number of lotto powerball games for division one.

      (4) If a jackpot may not occur because of subclause (3), the division one allocation must be added to the prize pool allocation for the next lowest prize division with 1 or more winning selections.

Dated at Wellington this 25th day of August 2010.

The Common Seal of the New Zealand Lotteries Commission was, pursuant to a resolution of the Commission, affixed in the presence of:


Judith Kirk,
Presiding member.

Chris Curley,

Dated at Wellington this 19th day of August 2010.

Hon Kate Wilkinson,
for Minister of Internal Affairs.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the rules, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These rules, which amend the Lotto Rules 2000 and come into force on 3 October 2010, do the following things:

  • increase the cost of a powerball selection from 50 cents to 60 cents:

  • empower the Lotteries Commission to determine a maximum allocation for division one:

  • adjust the relative allocations for the prize divisions in a game of lotto powerball:

  • clarify when a jackpot for lotto powerball may occur.

Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 2 September 2010.

These rules are administered by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.