Big Wednesday Rules 2005

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Reprint as at 8 September 2011

Big Wednesday Rules 2005

(SR 2005/273)


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

These rules are administered by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.

Pursuant to section 243 of the Gambling Act 2003, the Minister of Internal Affairs approves the Big Wednesday Rules 2005, as set out in the Schedule, which were made by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission on 6 September 2005.

Big Wednesday Rules 2005

Pursuant to section 243 of the Gambling Act 2003, the New Zealand Lotteries Commission makes the following rules.


1 Title

2 Commencement

2A Application

3 Interpretation

4 Big Wednesday

Part 1
Method of play

5 Cost of selection

6 Commission may require minimum number of selections


7 General selection requirements for tickets issued in printed form by terminal

7A General selection requirements for tickets purchased electronically

8 Making selection

9 Combo selection

10 Dip selection

11 Player may select cover option for each numbers selection

General provisions

11A Application of rules 12 to 18

12 Entry into game

13 Cancellation of ticket

14 Player responsibility

15 Advance game entries

16 Multi-draw selections

17 Selection by post or other delivery service

18 Players agents

Part 2
Drawings and prize divisions

19 Procedure for drawings

20 Selection of winning numbers and winning letter

21 Amount of prize pool for game

22 Prize divisions and allocation of prize pool

Jackpots for division 1 and division 2

23 General provisions relating to jackpots

24 Jackpots for division 1 prize pool

25 Jackpots for division 2 prize pool

26 Reallocation of prize pool if no winning selection on specified Big Wednesday date

Prize allocation: Division 1

27 One winning selection in division 1

28 Two or more winning selections in division 1

Prize allocation: Other divisions

29 More than 1 winning selection in other prize divisions

30 Reallocation of prize pool if no winning selection in divisions below division 2

31 No more than 1 prize for each winning selection

General provisions

32 Prize reserve fund

33 Results

34 Extraordinary prizes

Part 3
Payment of prizes and ticket validation requirements

35 Payment of prizes

36 Determination of prize claims

37 Further provisions relating to determination of prize claims

38 Ticket validation requirements

39 Certain syndicate tickets invalid

40 Consequences of ticket being invalid

Part 4
Claiming prizes

40A Prizes won through tickets purchased electronically

41 Time limits on claims

42 Prizes of $1,000 or less

43 Prizes of more than $1,000

44 Payment of prizes of more than $1,000

Division 6 bonus ticket

45 Division 6 bonus ticket

Part 5
Withdrawal of Big Wednesday

46 Commission may withdraw Big Wednesday

47 Public announcement of withdrawal

48 Effect on advance game entries and multi-draw selections

49 Payment into prize reserve fund

Part 6
Miscellaneous provisions

50 Limitation on Commission's liability

51 Decisions of Commission binding

Gazette information

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