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Record $100 Million Powerball Jackpot Won

Last Updated: Friday 17 August 2018, 12:43 pm

It has been weeks in the making, but the record-breaking $100 million Powerball jackpot has finally been won. It was revealed shortly after Thursday’s draw that an online player from Melbourne and a mystery ticket holder from Sydney split the jackpot to win $50 million each, putting a two-month run of rollovers to an end.

One Winner Yet to Make Their Claim

The lucky winner from Melbourne has already claimed his share of the jackpot, but he chose to remain anonymous. Speaking about the the win, the man, who is in his 20s, said: “I’m trying to remain as calm as possible. I’m going to look after my whole family – invest money in property and shares. It will make a massive difference to a lot of people.” He said he played through a lottery app and went to bed on the night of the draw knowing that he was millions of dollars richer.

NSW Lotteries revealed that the other winning ticket was bought in the Canterbury-Bankstown region of south-west Sydney, but the winner is yet to make their claim. The ticket purchase was not linked to a registered player account, so lottery officials have been unable to make contact with the new multi-millionaire.

Matt Hart, a spokesperson from The Lott, one of Australia’s two Powerball operators, said: “Make sure you check your entry as soon as possible because you may not have to go to work on Monday. Instead, you could start planning how you can play by your own rules and begin your life as a multimillionaire.”

The winning numbers from the draw on Thursday August 16th were 3, 13, 27, 31, 32 ,33, and 35, with Powerball 3. If you believe you might have a winning ticket, you are advised to contact The Lott as soon as possible to make your claim.

Jackpot Sparks Lottery Rush

The nine-figure Powerball prize had been widely publicized ahead of the draw on Thursday, to the extent that people were queueing outside newsagencies across the country to get their tickets. There were so many players trying to check their numbers after the draw that the websites of some of the major lottery operators crashed, which might be the reason why one of the two winners has yet to come forward to claim their prize.

All that excitement is understandable. Never before had the Powerball jackpot reached $100 million, and only once in the history of Australian lotteries had that figure been reached before, when an Oz Lotto prize hit $100 million in 2012. It was estimated that one in every three adults took part in Thursday’s draw, and winning tickets numbered nearly 3.8 million. Compare that to the draw on July 5th, when there were 450,000 winners in total, and you can get an idea of how much extra interest there was.

Australian Gambling Research Centre manager Rebecca Jenkinson said that around half of the country’s adult population have played a lottery at least once in the past year, while a third play once a month. Offering an explanation for the popularity of lotteries like Powerball, she said: “The reason we've seen queues out the door is we've all got that hope and it's nice to dream. We've seen people win before, we've heard people win before so it's the 'why not us?' at play.”

The wait is now on for the second winner to claim their prize, but theoretically it could be a long one, as they have six years from the date of the draw to come forward. In the meantime, Australians can dream of the next jackpot, which stands at $3 million and will be on offer in the draw on Thursday August 23rd.

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