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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.

They weren’t the only prizewinners, though. Five Kiwis won $142,857 with Lotto First Division.

Those winning tickets were sold at Countdown Manukau City Mall, New World Southmall and Porchester Road Superette in Auckland, MyLotto in Hawke’s Bay, and New World Merrilands in New Plymouth.

Kiwis have a one in 38.8 million chance of their seven numbers coming up during a draw.

Experts say there’s little you can do to increase your chances of winning, beyond buying more tickets.

“If you want to maximise your expected outcome, then you would want to pick numbers that are less likely to be picked by other people so you are less likely to have to share the jackpot,” Peter Donelan, head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Victoria University says.

A survey by Pixmania.com in 2012 revealed that the most common first purchase after a substantial lotto win is a washing machine, and the second most common is a new sofa. In third place is an iPad, fourth is a new handbag and fifth is a shirt.

When Britain’s John Baxter won the lottery last year, the 63-year-old  popped to Tesco to buy his wife a £9.99 pair of slippers. He told the press that he also intended to by a stainless steel sink.

Not everyone is so sensible, though, horror stories abound of people losing everything and ending up worse than when they started.

Poor investments in football teams, large cats, and designer sneakers are some of the more peculiar reasons lotto winners have ended up back in the poorhouse.