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$150 Million Powerball Jackpot Won By Three Tickets

Last Updated: Thursday 19 September 2019, 11:22 am

The largest jackpot ever to be offered in Australia’s history was won on Thursday evening, by three tickets. The jackpot had rolled over for eight consecutive weeks, breaking the record only two months after it was last set.

The winning numbers for Powerball draw 1218 were 26, 4, 17, 5, 18, 8 and 31, with Powerball 9. More than four million players across Australia won a prize in the draw, though only three managed to match all seven main numbers and the Powerball to lay claim to the first division prize. Two of the winning tickets were purchased in Queensland, with the remaining ticket purchased in New South Wales.

Winning Powerball Ticket Claimed in Sydney

The winning ticket-holder in New South Wales was confirmed to be a Sydney man, who entered the record Powerball draw on a whim, only hours beforehand. “I only [bought my ticket] because everyone else was buying them! I thought ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’, so I bought one. And I am so glad I did!”

The Sydney father, who chose to remain anonymous, had purchased his winning ticket online. When contacted on Friday morning, he was unaware that his ticket was one of the three jackpot winners: “Are you sure you’re serious?!”

Powerball Winner Confirmed in Brisbane

One Queensland jackpot winner was confirmed on Friday morning, after being contacted by phone. The South Brisbane winner had purchased his entry at Mater News Central on Stanley Street. He chose to remain anonymous, but gave details of his sleepless night after realising his numbers had come in: “I’ve been wide awake ever since [the Powerball draw]. I couldn’t sleep at all. But I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Are you sure it’s me?” 

The winner also shared his tentative plans for the future, revealing his dreams of building his own home, travelling, and devoting more time to his family. He was, however, in no rush to make decisions: “I need to let the news sink in!”

Each of the first division Powerball winners will receive $50 million in prize money. The third jackpot-winning ticket, also bought in Queensland, has not yet been claimed - though the store in which it was purchased has since been announced as newsXpress Brassall, in Ipswich. The ticket was unregistered, meaning lottery officials have not been able to contact the winner.

Record-Breaking Powerball Jackpot

The $150 million jackpot set a new record for the largest Powerball jackpot ever offered, the third time this record has been broken in 2019 alone. It also stands as the single largest jackpot offered in Australian lottery history, beating a 2012 Oz Lotto jackpot by an incredible $39 million.

The nine-figure sum was reached after no one managed to win in Powerball’s first division for eight consecutive weeks. The last Powerball jackpot win took place on 18 July, when a $110 million first division prize was split by three lucky ticket-holders in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

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Powerball’s new trend for breaking jackpot records is the result of changes made to the draw’s format in April 2018. The pool of main numbers was reduced from 40 to 35, but players would be choosing seven numbers instead of six. A new ninth prize tier was also introduced - meaning the odds of winning the jackpot had lengthened, but the overall odds of winning a prize had shortened significantly. This had the effect of creating even more winners, while allowing the jackpot to grow to larger amounts before being won.

The first division Powerball prize has been reset to $3 million ahead of the next draw on Thursday 26 September; ticket sales for the draw close at 7:30pm AEST that same evening.

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