Two lucky people are $50 million richer after winning Thursday night’s Powerball jackpot — and they may not even know it yet.
The Lotto spokesman Matthew Hart told Herald Sun one ticket was bought online by a Victorian and the other was sold in Sydney. The winning numbers were 33, 3, 32, 13, 27, 35 and 31, and the Powerball 3.
However, the winner’s identities remain a mystery as the Sydney entrant was unregistered, while the online Victorian entrant hadn’t supplied complete contact details. And moments before the draw on Thursday evening, the Oz Lotteries website crashed as desperate punters rushed to find out whether they had won.
Just because you might not have won the major prize doesn’t mean your ticket is a dud, and Hart is urging people to check their tickets.
“Make sure you check your entry tonight or first thing in the morning because you may not have to go to work,” Hart said last night. “Instead, you could start planning how you can play by your own rules and begin your life as a multi-millionaire.”
Almost 3.5 million other players collected a return ranging from a division two prize of $122,000 down to ninth division’s $10.55.
The jackpot was the equal highest lottery prize ever recorded in Australia. A $100 million prize was on offer from an Oz Lotto draw back in 2012.
It comes after a Newcastle grandad had one of the luckiest Lotto wins of all time, after finding his year-old, unregistered winning ticket in an old shopping bag while cleaning his car.
New South Wales Lotteries had run a campaign urging players to check their old tickets. The very lucky winner did so and found he was one of four division one winners in the Saturday draw back in January last year.
The unnamed man said he lined his reusable Aldi shopping bags with old beer cartons so the bottoms didn’t split, and found the ticket between one of the cartons and the bottom of the shopping bag.
“I was cleaning rubbish out of my car on the weekend and thought it was time to put new cartons in the bottom of all my bags as they were starting to get torn and I got quite a surprise!” the man said, according to The Daily Telegraph.
“I’m glad I didn’t just get the old bags and take them to the dump!”