Thu, Jul 18, 5:17am by Staff Writer
This Thursday’s Powerball is offering Aussies the chance to win a massive $110 million – the highest jackpot ever offered by an Australian lottery game.
For the past eight weeks, no entry has sported the combination of seven winning numbers and the all-important Powerball number needed to score division one, The Lott reports.
However, since the jackpot started rolling at the end of May, 34 players across the country have been just one number sky of pocketing a multi-million-dollar division one prize.
These players had the seven winning numbers, but not the Powerball number, meaning they won division two instead.
The 34 Powerball division two winners of the past eight weeks have collectively pocketed more than $2.6 million.
Nine of these division two winners were from New South Wales, eight were from Victoria, six were from Queensland, four were from Western Australia, two were from South Australia and the rest were online.
In last week’s draw alone, nine division two winners each banked a prize of $91,729.90.
With up to one-in-three Australian adults expected to have an entry in Thursday’s Powerball draw, the Lott spokesperson Lauren Cooney said players would be on tenterhooks waiting to see if someone collected the $110 million prize.
“We’re not quite sure if the recent Powerball division two winners realize how agonizingly close they’ve been to taking home a life-changing windfall,” she said.
“Remarkably, if any one of these division two winners had played a PowerHit entry, an entry that guarantees you the Powerball number, they would have won division one.
“Each week we’ve seen the number of division two winners growing, which begs the question: will this week be the week one entry finally cracks division one? We can’t wait to find out.
“This week, records will be broken and players’ imaginations will run wild dreaming of what life would be like with $110 million in the bank.
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“My best advice for anyone keen for a chance to win Powerball’s $110 million is to grab an entry early. It’s simple – you’ve got to be in it for the chance to win it!
“I’ll be standing by on Thursday night after the draw ready to reach out to any registered division one winners.
If you’d love the change to receive that magical phone call, make sure you register your entry so I can dial your number and deliver some life-changing news if you win.”
In the 12 months to June 2019, 10 Powerball division one winners across Australia pocketed $398,575,649.10 in prize money.
Powerball draw 1209 closes at 7:30pm AEST on Thursday, 18 July 2019.
Tickets can be purchased at any licenced lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via the Lott mobile app.
The Lott’s division one winning tally across all Australian lottery games has now reached 193 so far this year.
In the 12 months to June 30 2018, 74 million winners took home a total of $2.7 billion in prize money from their favourite games which include Saturday Lotto, Monday and Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, Keno and Instant Scratch-Its.
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