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January 4, 2011 | 5:00am

New Yorkers are psyched about tonight’s massive Mega Millions lottery — but not more than the city’s psychics.

Astrologers, stargazers and other prognosticators all got into the spirit yesterday — hunting for portents pointing to the winner of the $330 million jackpot, the third-biggest haul since New York joined the 40-state game in 2002.

Chris Ochun, 34, a Bronx spiritualist, predicts that a woman from New York will win — but that she’ll have to split the jackpot with “someone from out of state.”

How does he know? The seashells told him so. He reads African cowry shells and chants incantations.

The shells, formerly the homes of snails, unfortunately didn’t disclose the numbers, but he says 5, 6, 52, 55, 44 and 27 are “lucky.”

And he’s certain the winner will be a Gemini.

Susan Miller, who founded astrologyzone.com, has a good reason to believe someone will cash in tonight.

“Somebody will win because we have a partial eclipse of the sun in Capricorn, which rules big money,” she said.

She added that a winner would likely emerge because “an eclipse has incredible power — it’s like three new moons rolled into one.”

Miller said whoever picks the right numbers was probably born under the sign of Sagittarius or Gemini. But she agreed with Ochun, saying, “Gemini has an edge.”

Manhattan numerologist and astrologer Ostaro said the winner would be “a recluse, someone whose personality is very unusual.”

Meanwhile, vendors were selling tickets at the rate of $1 million an hour.

Lorraine Holmes, 75, a semiretired butcher, bought 10 tickets at Fordham Convenience in The Bronx, the same bodega that sold a winning ticket in 2009 to Jimmy Groves.

“I’ll give some of it to old people,” she said. “People tend to forget about them.”

New Yorkers are psyched about tonight’s massive Mega Millions lottery — but not more than the city’s psychics. Astrologers, stargazers and…

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.