Powerball Jackpot Soars To $100 Million
Last Updated: Friday 6 September 2019, 09:31 am
An incredible year for big jackpots has continued after the First Division prize for Powerball rolled over to $100 million. Lottery officials are expecting as many as one in three Australian adults to enter next Thursday’s draw, with queues out of the door at lots of stores.
The jackpot has been climbing steadily since it was last won seven weeks ago, and there was $80 million up for grabs in the latest draw on 5th September. The winning numbers were 2, 4, 14, 16, 19, 27 and 29, with a Powerball of 13, but nobody was quite able to match the full line.
Ten players came close, matching all seven main numbers without the Powerball to land $92,407 each, and in total there were over 1.9 million winning tickets. Check out the Powerball Results for a full list of all the prize divisions.
The jackpot is now set to jump up by $20 million, fuelled by high ticket sales as players go in search of a multimillion-dollar payday. Lauren Cooney, spokesperson for lottery operator The Lott, said: “For this week’s $80 million draw, we saw brisk trade at our lottery outlets around the country and online. The peak of ticket sales was at 4.52pm (Thursday) when 3,646 tickets were sold in-store and online in 60 seconds.”
“It’s going to be a busy week in lottery outlets across the nation and we expect queues out the door - particularly on the day of the draw - as people vie for their chance to win. We encourage customers to get in early to purchase their entries and to register those entries so we can contact them directly after the draw with the life-changing news!”
A Record--Breaking Year
The latest nine-figure jackpot comes just weeks after a record $110 million Powerball prize was split three ways on 18th July. The winners, who pocketed more than $36 million each, came from New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
A mother from Sydney had previously landed $107 million on Powerball back in January, becoming the biggest winner on a single ticket in Australian lottery history.
Big jackpots have become far more common since a number of changes were made to Powerball in April 2018. The game had previously required you to pick six numbers from 1 to 40, but now you must select seven between 1 and 35. The jackpot has therefore become harder to win and resulted in more rollovers, although a new prize division was introduced at the same time to improve the overall chances of winning an award.
There is now a chance that the current jackpot will set a new record, marking another big moment in an exciting year. There are other games to enjoy in the next few days, then check the Powerball Results after Thursday’s big draw to see if you are a winner.