Massive $80 million Powerball jackpot up for grabs tonight

A potentially life-changing $80 million Powerball jackpot is up for grabs tonight.

The division one prize is the second highest jackpot the game has offered in its 23-year history and organisers are hoping that as many as a third of Australian adults will be throwing their hat in the ring.

The jackpot – only the third time it has reached $80 million – comes after the lucky combination of winning numbers needed to claim the top prize eluded players for the past seven weeks.

The draw will close at 7.25pm (AEST) Thursday night and if you’re keen to take part you can get your ticket in store or online.

“Leading up to the draw close on Thursday evening, it is going to be frenetic in store and online as Aussies scramble to get their hands on a ticket,” The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said.

“The last time we had an $80 million draw, the sales peaked around 5pm on the day of the draw when more than 4200 entries were sold in 60 seconds. I can’t help but think this was when many people were heading home from work and dreaming about a multi-million dollar payday.”

Powerball officials are expecting a rush of ticket sales this afternoon. Source: Supplied

The luckiest numbers

In the 12 months to 30 June 2019, 10 Powerball division one winners across Australia have pocketed nearly $400 million dollars.

Whether they’re superstitious or not, many players have their own strategy and favourite numbers when it comes to buying a ticket. But of the 10 division one winning entries in the last year, two-thirds were entries that were randomly generated by the lottery terminal.

According to Powerball officials, the most frequently drawn numbers in the main barrel (1 to 35) have been 17 and 2, while in the Powerball barrel (1 to 20), the hot numbers have been 3 and 19.

The luckiest states

Earlier this year a store in Adelaide sold two winning Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draws in as many days, making it one of the luckiest places in the country to have a punt.

But when it comes to Powerball, the country’s two biggest states have bagged the most winners.

During the last 12 months, New South Wales and Victoria were each home to three Powerball division one winners.

Meanwhile Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia each welcomed one winner.

So to all those playing tonight; Good luck to you.

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