Story: Sports and leisure

Taking a punt

Taking a punt

From the late 1980s there was a dramatic expansion in forms of gambling. In 1987 a weekly draw of numbers called Lotto was introduced, and by the 2000s two-thirds of New Zealanders were participating. Here the Lotto television presenters Hillary Timmins and Grant Kereama, who conducted the draw every Saturday night, throw the numbered balls into the air – not part of the process for selecting winners.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Amusement-Gambling-Lotto/Keno/Scratch
Photograph by Mark Coote

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Jock Phillips, 'Sports and leisure - Gambling', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, updated 1 Sep 2015