Two lucky ticket holders become millionaires after winning massive $38 million Lotto Powerball jackpot

Two ticket-holders will be ecstatic to find out they are winners in tonight's massive $38 million Lotto Powerball draw. 

The winning numbers in tonight's draw were 12, 8, 5, 36, 28 , and 18, with the bonus ball being 40 and the Powerball 5.

The winning tickets were sold at New World Warkworth in Warkworth and Fresh Choice Greytown in Greytown.

The prize is made of $19 million with Powerball first division and $166,167 with Lotto first division.  

Four other players won the first division prize of $166,667 each. 

Powerball reached its second largest jackpot ever, just shy of the $44 million prize won in November last year.

If the prize was not won tonight, it was going to continue to jackpot until it reaches more than $50 million, at which point a special "must be won" draw is conducted.

In such a draw, if no winner is found the prize is rolled down to the next division of winners and distributed.

Time to check the numbers and see if you're holding onto a lucky ticket. Source: 1 NEWS


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'We would like certainty around funding' – PM wants to take closer look at how we care for the dying

Jacinda Ardern is wanting to take a closer look at how we care for those who are near the end of life and has promised to find a sustainable funding model for the sector. 

While helping out at a hospice fundrasier today, the Prime Minister said a new funding model has "been a long time coming".

"It is one of our ambitions to try to establish that in the palliative care sector," she said. 

Nationally it costs over $103 million to provide the cost of hospice services.

The government funds just under 70 per cent and for each hospice, the funding varies.

Wellington's Mary Potter Hospice gets just half of its funding from the Government and chairman Mark Cassidy told 1 NEWS the demand on their services are set to increase in the future. 

"The statistics tell us we have a massive increase going forward in terms of demand for the services as people get older as their conditions get more complex," he said. 

In 2016, one in three people who died in New Zealand were supported by hospice and over 18,000 families received hospice services before or after the death of a loved one. 

Chief executive Mary Schumacher said fundraising can be a challenge. 

"I think what we would like to see is some certainty around sustainable funding and so that would help hospices to plan for the future."

Jacinda Ardern helped out at a hospice fundraiser, and promised to find a sustainable funding model for the sector. Source: 1 NEWS

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'It made me feel worthless' – Waikato mother and journalist shocked at crass message sent to her by local politician

A Waikato freelance journalist is outraged and upset over a crass message sent to her by a Hamilton City Councillor. 

Mother-of-three Angela Cuming took to Twitter to express her outrage at a lewd joke sent to her by Hamilton City Councillor Mark Bunting. Source: Seven Sharp

Mother of three boys Angela Cuming has been on a campaign to stop the council putting a freeze on new playgrounds for the next decade and thought a private message sent over Facebook from Councillor Mark Bunting yesterday might be to show his support. 

Instead, he'd sent her a crass, sexually explicit message in reference to her last name. 

Horrified, Ms Cuming outed him on social media. 

"I thought, you know, call him out," she told TVNZ 1's Seven Sharp programme. 

"I'm just someone who wants to hold men to account and in particular people like Councillor Bunting because he's a man in a position of power and authority."

Mr Bunting immediately apologised online but he hasn't picked up the phone to Ms Cuming. 

"He knows my phone number. He's never given me a call. I think he's sorry in the sense that he got caught out.

"Then he put it back on me saying 'I thought you were a good mate'".

It's not the first time the behaviour of Hamilton City Councillors have been in the spotlight this term. 

There have been complaints about sexism, homophobia and fat shaming. 

Councillor Angela O'Leary has witnessed it all. 

"I think it needs some fundamental honest conversations the Mayor needs to have with elected members and I don't think to date this has happened."

Mr Bunting, who has since unfollowed Ms Cuming on Twitter, now faces a disciplinary hearing over the message.