As Australians brace themselves for a record-breaking $100 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, the three most successful entry types have been revealed.
One-in-three adults across the nation are expected to buy a ticket in tomorrow’s jackpot – the largest offered in the Australian game’s 22-year history.
The Lott has revealed the most successful methods of entry winning participants have used in the past.
The operator says PowerHit entries, QuickPick entries and Syndicate entries have yielded the best results for punters.
One in five division one winning entries for Powerball last financial year were PowerHits entries – a type of entry where the all-important Powerball number is guaranteed for a cost of $24 per game. Entrants need the Powerball number to win division one, along with many of the other divisional prizes.
While two-thirds of last financial year’s division one Powerball wins were from QuickPick entries – a type of entry where the numbers are randomly generated by the lottery terminal.
And when jackpots start to climb, syndicates of work colleagues, family and friends become an increasingly popular option.
By pooling your money, you can buy a share in a bigger entry that gives more chances to win. Any prizes you win are shared among the syndicate members.
The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said he would be standing by to call any registered division one winners immediately after tomorrow night’s draw.
“Ahead of this historic draw, we’re expecting outlets and online to be increasingly busy leading up to the draw close time of 7.30pm AEST tomorrow night,” he said.
Millions of tickets are expected to be sold again this week as Australians chase the enormous prize. Mr Hart said he was not aware of how much punters collectively spent on last week’s $80m draw.
“If you’re planning on getting an entry, get in early,” he said.
“And don’t forget to register your entry so that we can give you that $100 million phone call if you have all the numbers on Thursday night.”
Record-equalling Lotto draw
The $100m draw is the equal highest Australian lottery jackpot ever recorded. The only other time there was a $100 million division one prize offered in Australia was for an Oz Lotto draw in 2012.
This week’s history-making Powerball draw comes after no entry has had all seven winning numbers plus the Powerball number in a single game for eight consecutive weeks. The probability of winning the division one prize is one in 134,490,400. Being killed by an asteroid strike is more likely than scooping the jackpot.
Mr Hart said another record could be smashed tomorrow night if one entry won the entire $100 million jackpot.
“If one single entry takes home the entire $100 million division one pool, it would be the largest individual Australian lottery prize ever won,” he explained.