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Lotto Powerball $50m jackpot: ‘Psychic’ gives surprising prediction on result

The Lotto Powerball $50 million jackpot will be drawn on Saturday. Credits: Image- Getty Images, Video- Newshub

New Zealand’s largest-ever Lotto draw will take place on Saturday, and the money has got to be won.

The jackpot prize of a whopping $50 million is up for grabs, and the big question is: will one winner take it all?

The Lotto draw is 100 percent random and no one can accurately predict the outcome. But Jane Brebner at NZ Psychic says while it’s rare anyone – even a self-described psychic – could accurately predict the numbers, she feels the jackpot will sway towards one winner.

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“For obvious reasons, I’d prefer that this ridiculous amount of money goes to multiple winners.

“[However], I predict that there will be one winner who emerges to scoop the pool.”

Some Lotto players prefer to choose numbers randomly, others stick to the same numbers. Brebner says that there’s no specific method that has a greater chance of winning, but suggests that positive thinking – and using birth dates and other personal numbers – could give players an edge.

“The law of attraction could be at play. If you constantly say ‘I never win’, then you probably won’t.

“The opposite of playing your favourites all the time, could have just as much effect.”

Encouraging people to “play responsibly” and “know their limits”‘, Lotto New Zealand said that like all lotteries, games are based on a large number of people paying a small amount of money in the hope they’ll win a big prize.

Psychic or not, Brebner agrees that Lotto is a game – and it’s a gamble.

“The important thing is that a ‘flutter’ is a bit of fun: you should never gamble more than you’re prepared to lose.

“I always fancy 14,” she added.

Russell Millar, a statistician at the University of Auckland, told Newshub that because it’s a must-win, predicting the odds is difficult – but said people have a “one in 7 million” chance of winning the jackpot.

If a single player wins the first division jackpot, they’ll take home $50 million. If there’s no winner, the draw will roll down to division two.

With a guaranteed payout on Saturday, Lotto New Zealand expects ticket sales to soar to over 2 million. Tickets are open until 7:30pm on Saturday and can be bought in-store or online.

Jane Brebner is putting her cards on the table ahead of Saturday's draw.

Online Psychic’s Messages Leads to Lottery Win

Online psychic helps guide man to lottery win

By Ryan Smythe • Published September 25, 2015 • Updated on September 26, 2015 at 8:07 am

A free trial-run for an online psychic ended up paying out big for one 54-year-old West Hollywood man. Kevin Millard, a regular lottery player, bought some Powerball tickets last week to take a shot at the $208 million jackpot.

Millard signed up for the psychic on a whim, curious to see what she had to say.

Once the free trial expired, “I said forget it. You just want money now,” he said and canceled the service.

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Millard said he’s been scaling down his lottery spending, except during larger jackpot runs. Last week, the psychic’s messages played through his head, and Millard gave in to the urge to go for the jackpot. “I thought, ‘I gotta play a lottery ticket. Maybe she’s right,'” he said.

He walked away with a bit more than $1 million after matching five out of the six numbers on the Sept 19 draw.

To shake things up a bit, he ditched his usual stores and looked for places known to have prior wins. He ended up at Golden Rule Liquor, at 7753 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. California Lottery keeps a list of “Lucky Retailers” as well as the ways a retailer can be added on their website, which can be found here.

Millard spent $20 on 10 Powerball tickets. He struck gold by matching five numbers, 12-43-17-26, and 48, only missing the final Powerball number, 24, for the jackpot.

While the psychic’s messages may have pushed him to buy his winning ticket, Millard says he’s going to trust his own judgment when it comes to his winnings.

“I’m moving forward, moving on,” he said. “I don’t want to squander it.”

With no six-number match yet, the Powerball jackpot continues to climb. It’s now worth an estimated $267 million for the Sept. 26 drawing.

Chances of that are still slim, with the odds for the grand prize at about 1 in over 175 million. Millard’s odds were 1 in over 5 million. To put that in context, The odds to be struck by lighting are 1 in 134,906.

At least 50 percent of the total annual lottery earnings are required to be returned to the public in the form of prizes, and only 13 percent spent on administration. The remaining revenues must be allocated to the benefit of public education, according to the California State Lottery Act of 1984 and Assembly Bill 142 which amended the Lottery Act.

With the help of messages from an online psychic, a West Hollywood man wins over $1 million in the lottery.