Thu, Sep 12, 8:51am by Staff Writer
Australians have shared their weird and wonderful lucky charms as casual gamblers dream of pocketing Thursday’s $100 million Powerball jackpot.
News.com.au reports that some of the superstition’s include a rabbit’s foot to a cat’s whisker, with one in five lottery players saying they leaned on such superstitition and would refuse to purchase their ticket without their favoured charm.
“While some players place their trust in more traditional lucky charms, like a four-leaf clover, a horseshoe, or a spiritual figurine, others use more unique and personal items,” The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said.
“one player said they always carried their lucky numbers scribbled on a decade-old napkin, another had collected their cat’s whiskers after they fell out, while one lady told us she always kept a piece of ginger in her handbag.
“Many admitted they’d never even think about leaving the house without their lucky charm and certainly wouldn’t buy a lottery ticket if they weren’t holding onto it.”
The record for Australia’s biggest individual lottery win was set in January this year, when a Sydney woman took more $107.575,649.08.
At the time, the healthcare worker, who wished to remain anonymous, shocked many by insisting she would keep working despite her bulging bank account.
She said she planned to share her winnings with her family, give “a whole slab of money” to her favourite charity, and perhaps even “buy a caravan and travel around.”
“I’m so passionate about my job. It will drive me to do more health work for causes important to me,” she told The Lott at the time.
“I’m not quite sure what to do but of course I will be helping my family.”
Late last month, a Sydney father discovered he was more than $96 million richer after winning the country’s second-biggest individual lottery prize.
The unnamed man, from Chatswood in Sydney’s Lower North Shore, won the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw 1447, which was drawn on August 28.
The office worker received the call from lottery officials while he was in the office and was initially stunned by the news.
“Jesus Christ! I’m at work at the moment so I wasn’t expecting this phone call.
“I’m shaking. I’m just waiting for someone to tell me I’m being punked.”
He said it was difficult to describe how he felt after receiving the news.
The $100 million Powerball draw 1217 closes at 7.30pm on Thursday.
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A young Macedon Ranges family has begun “fantasising about the future” after confirming their $36.6 million Powerball win from last Thursday’s draw.
The Lott reported in July they were one of three division one winning entries nationally in last Thursday’s record breaking $110 million Powerball draw, draw 1209 on Thursday, July 18.
There was one winner from South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, each taking home $36,666,666.67.
The Victorian couple was the last of the winning ticketholders from last Thursday’s Powerball draw to claim their prize.
The other division one winners were a young Adelaide man and a Sydney couple.
As their entry was not registered to a Tatts card, Tatts had no way of contacting the ticketholder and had to wait for them to make contact.
When an official from the Lott confirmed their multi-million-dollar win first thing Sunday morning, the self described “everyday couple” were initially too stunned to speaker before they finally dissolved into hysterical laughter.
“Say it again!” the winning woman asked.
“Umm, yeah! I have no words!” the man added.
“We checked our entry yesterday. We just kept looking at the numbers. I was saying “the numbers are not in the same order as the computer” so I wasn’t sure if the order mattered or not and whether we’d really won,” she said.
“You never know until you get it confirmed!
“It’s funny. We were talking on Friday night and he was talking about what he would do if he won the lottery.
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