Tue, Jun 25, 2:18pm by Staff Writer
Tuesday’s Oz Lotto has jackpotted to a whopping $80 million after eluding a division one winner for eight weeks.
The eye-watering sum will be the third highest prize up for grabs in the game’s 25-year history, according to news.com.au.
If a winner is finally announced, they will become the country’s second-biggest individual winner, as the The Lott spokesperson Lauren Cooney braces for a rush of ticket purchases this afternoon.
“In March, when Oz Lotto hit $70 million, we saw sales in store and online peak at 4.11pm on the day of the draw when almost 3000 tickets were sold in 60 seconds. Now that the jackpot is at $80 million, who knows how busy it will get,” she said.
“Our advice is to get in early to avoid the rush. Aussies know they need to be in it for the chance to win it and will be wanting to have their hands on an entry before the draw closes tomorrow evening.”
Since Oz Lotto went on its jackpot roll at the end of April, dozens of division two winners have pocketed $2.5 million in prizes.
“We’re not sure if these 73 Aussies realise how tantalisingly close they’ve been to scoring division one or if they’d even want to know that they were just one number away from being a multi-millionaire,” Ms Cooney said.
“Each week we’ve seen the number of division two winners growing.
“Tomorrow night we could be crowning the nation’s second biggest individual lottery winner if just one person takes the lot.
“The record for the biggest individual lottery winner was set in January this year when a Sydney mum won $107 million in Powerball.”
Although the Powerball prize had been set at $100 million, it blew out an extra $7 million by the large numbers of investors who bought tickets in a bid to take out the top prize.
The Lott contacted the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, directly after the draw to inform her of her life-changing win.
The registered player also misheard the eye-watering figure, thinking she had walked away with just $107,000.
“Wait — are you telling me I’ve won $107 million? Oh my god. That is just so much money,” she told Australia’s official lottery provider over the phone.
Tonight's Oz Lotto jackpot has hit a seven year high of $80 MILLION! Are you buying a ticket? 💰 pic.twitter.com/KaYdBAvlTe
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) June 24, 2019
The woman, a healthcare provider, revealed she wouldn’t be quitting her job. She plans 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. “I’m not quite sure what to do, but of course I will be helping my family.”
Oz Lotto draw 1323 closes at 7.30pm AEST on Tuesday.
A near $5 million lotto prize that was unclaimed for more than a week has been claimed, with a young Dubbo mother coming forward.
A store in the New South Wales country town knew it had sold the ticket, but despite pleas in the news for the ticket holder to come forward, days passed with no winner.
Buying a lottery ticket always comes with a dream and the hope of winning a massive jackpot is the motivation behind the purchase.
Casino Australia is reporting that NSW Lotteries knew there was a winner when the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot announced its numbers.
They knew it had been purchased at the Talbragar Street Newsagency in the central-west part of the state.
The store owner, Peter Snare, entertained the possibility that the winner was only driving through town when they bought a ticket and they simply hadn’t returned to Dubbo yet.
The winner could have even gone on vacation before the draw.
“The excitement is creating a real buzz in the community,” Mr Snare said.
NSW Lotteries spokeswoman Lauren Cooney hoped that the winner would check his or her ticket after a long weekend.
“Maybe this player’s Easter break will be able to continue or the rest of their life when they realize they’ve won $4.92 million,” she said.
“We love delivering life-changing news, and we can’t wait to break this news to our latest division one winner.”
The young mother came forward after she had been joking with her family that she was the winner that the news media had been seeking.
“Oh my god!” she cried.
“I just can’t believe it! We just went for a ride, and I popped into the newsagency to grab the paper for my dad, and I thought I’d better check my ticket!”
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