Record $110 Million Powerball Jackpot Has Been Won
Last Updated: Thursday 18 July 2019, 12:21 pm
A record Powerball jackpot of $110 million was won on Thursday 18 July, ending eight weeks of rollovers. The nine-figure jackpot was won by three tickets from New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, each of which lay claim to over $36 million.
The numbers for the 18 July Powerball draw were 6, 13, 1, 11, 23, 27 and 16, with a Powerball of 11. The Powerball jackpot had rolled over for eight weeks, before reaching just over $1 million shy of the largest ever jackpot in Australian lottery history.
An estimated 1 in 3 Australians took part in the draw; at one point on Thursday afternoon, tickets were being sold at a rate of up to 5,800 per minute. Over 3.5 million players won a prize, with over $170.4 million distributed across all nine prize divisions.
Two of the three winners were confirmed on Thursday evening, after being contacted about their lottery win. The first was an Adelaide man, whose total winnings were increased to over $37 million after also winning some second division prizes.
"I was definitely not expecting this phone call!", he said when given the good news about his Powerball fortune, "My heart is going a million miles an hour. That's unbelievable!" He shared that he intended to take his extended family around the world, and might even quit his job. "I don't know. I'm still in shock! I just can't wait to get off the phone so I can call my family and tell them the news."
The second winner was a medical research professional, and the mother of a young family, in Sydney. When asked about her plans for the future, she stated that not much would be changing on the career front: "I love my job [...] so I won't be giving that up, but I do hope to use the money in a meaningful way."
The final ticket was purchased in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria, by a couple who also chose to remain anonymous. They discovered they were entitled to a third of the record jackpot on Saturday afternoon, before calling in to claim their prize on Sunday morning. The wife recalled chastising her husband for "planning [his] life around winning the lottery", only hours before they checked their ticket and realised they had won. "We're everyday people but I feel we've already won the lottery with our family. We had no idea we'd just won the Powerball."
The record-breaking $110 million Powerball jackpot win is the sixth first division prize to be won in 2019, and comes only months after the previous record was set. A $107 million first division Powerball prize was won in January 2019 by a single ticket-holder from Sydney. Though the January prize no longer holds the title of largest Powerball jackpot, it still holds another record - largest jackpot won by a single lottery ticket in Australia’s history.
The largest ever Australian jackpot was an Oz Lotto prize of $111 million, won by four tickets - one in Queensland, two in Victoria and one in New South Wales. Each ticket received a $27 million cut, though one of the Victoria tickets belonged to a syndicate of 80 people - leaving each syndicate member with a little over $340,000.
The jackpot will reset to its minimum size of $3 million ahead of the next draw; to learn more about Powerball prize divisions, visit the information page.