Aussie punters lined up in droves for a chance to win Thursday night’s jackpot $80 million Powerball draw, only to find out that the prize didn’t go off.
This now means Australian lottery history will repeat itself next Thursday when the major Powerball prize soars to a record $100 million jackpot for the second time in less than six months. It equals the largest prize offered in the game’s 23-year history.
It comes after a young Melbourne man and a Sydney dad took home a life-changing $50 million each in 2018.
Many Baby Boomers have been playing the same number each week for years, while others opt for a Quick Pick. However, it’s fair to say winning the lotto ultimately comes down to good luck.
The mounting jackpot comes after no players held a division one winning entry in Thursday night’s Powerball draw, prompting the game to jackpot for the eighth consecutive week.
And while the top prize when unclaimed, a total of 2,467,864 prizes worth more than $44.1 million were won in divisions two to nine.
Among Thursday’s victors, there were 15 division two winners, who each took home a prize of $81,533.30. The winning numbers were 3, 10, 7, 28, 34, 24, 31 and the Powerball 14.
The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said next Thursday’s draw has the potential to set a new record of its own.
“If one single entry takes home the entire $100 million jackpot next week it would be the biggest Australian lottery prize ever won by a single entry,” he explained in a statement. “The current record is held by a Hervey Bay couple who won $70 million in January 2016. Before their life-changing windfall, the winners confessed to never having won anything more than a chook raffle!
“While we hope that next week is the week these lottery records are broken, it’s hard to know just how high the jackpot will go if the Powerball winning numbers don’t come up for Australian lottery players.”
Hart said with $100 million up for grabs, up to one in three Australian adults were expected to have an entry into next week’s draw.
“We encourage customers to not only get in early to purchase their entries, but also register those entries so we can contact them directly after the draw with the life-changing news!”
The jackpot comes after Thursday’s draw was delayed by technical issues as a result of the large volume of entrants. Frustrated players took to social media to vent over the delay.
“Don’t think Australia has waited for anything with the enthusiasm they have waiting for tonight’s Powerball,” one commentator wrote.
Another added: “How hard is it to roll some numbers out of a barrel!!”