Queensland Syndicate Wins $55 Million on Australia Powerball
Last Updated: Thursday 5 January 2017, 15:22 pm
One of the biggest jackpots in the history of Australia Powerball has been scooped by a lucky syndicate from Queensland. The 21-strong group, from the Department of Education, snapped up $55 million in Thursday’s draw.
The top prize had grown to gargantuan proportions following a run of six draws without a division one winner, leading to a surge of interest ahead of the draw. Lotterywest estimated that 650 tickets would be sold each minute during the busiest period of the afternoon.
The numbers drawn were 6, 8, 23, 31, 36 and 39 with Powerball 15. Just one ticket matched all six numbers plus the Powerball, and it soon emerged that it belonged to a fortunate group of government employees who only decided to join forces because of the huge prize.
Each winner will receive $2.62 million and will use their money in different ways. According to the syndicate leader, initial plans include helping out the family, clearing off debts and going on holidays. Others may decide to retire, potentially leaving the Department of Education with a number of vacancies as only 14 of the 35-strong team weren’t in the syndicate.
As for the syndicate leader, herself, who has decided to remain anonymous, she said: “I’m so shocked; it all seems so unreal. Wow, now I’ll be able to buy a house and get my teeth fixed. I’ll be able to afford braces.”
There have only been three larger Powerball jackpots given away since the game was launched, headlined by the record $80 million from back in July 2009. The biggest prize ever claimed by a single ticket remains the $70 million won by a player from Hervey Bay in January 2016.
As well as the jackpot winner, there were over 1 million other players who picked up prizes on Thursday, including 11 participants who landed $121,040 each after matching six main numbers. Take a look at the Powerball Results page for a full prize breakdown.
The Powerball jackpot will reset to $3 million for the next draw, giving players another chance to grab a life-changing amount of cash. If you would like to try and emulate the latest big winners, tickets can be bought from authorised retailers in Australia or online.