Powerball Jackpot Surges to $120 Million
Last Updated: Thursday, 17 February 2022, 14:21pm
It is estimated that half of Australian adults could buy a ticket for next week’s Powerball draw after the jackpot went up to $120 million, making it the second-biggest in the game’s history.
An $80 million Division 1 prize was up for grabs on Thursday 17 February, but it proved to be just out of reach. There were 18 winners in Division 2, and more than 2.6 million in total, but no entries matched all the numbers - 6, 7, 13, 22, 24, 30 and 34, plus the Powerball of 10.
It is the first time in two and a half years that the jackpot has pushed above $80 million, and creates an opportunity for someone to become a record-breaker.
The only time the jackpot has been larger, back in September 2019, there were three players who split $150 million. If a single ticket holder scoops Thursday’s Division 1 prize, they will be the biggest individual winner in Australian lottery history. If nobody wins, it could surpass the previous high mark of $150 million.
“With such a massive offer on the table, we’re expecting people right around the country to be dreaming about exactly how they’d transform their lives if they won that prize,” said Matt Hart, spokesperson for lottery operator The Lott.
“And as a result, it’s going to be busy both online and in-store leading up to the draw, so make sure you get your hands on a ticket early.
“We encourage customers to not only get in early but also to register those entries, so their prizes are secure, and we can contact them directly after the draw with the life-changing news if they do win division one.”
Written by Lewis Rutledge