Three mystery winners share $150m Powerball prize

Three division one lottery entries have won the massive $150 million Powerball jackpot.

Two of tonight’s winners are from Queensland and one is from New South Wales. Each of the Powerball winners have won $50 million.

In a statement released Thursday evening after the draw, the Lott said the three winners’ identities remained a mystery, with officials having no way of reaching the two Queensland multi-millionaires as both entries were not registered to a player card.

While the identity of the New South Wales division one winner also remained unknown, with lottery officials being unable to get hold of the online player.

The three winners were the only division winners in the Powerball draw.

The winning numbers for Thursday’s Powerball $150 million prize were 26, 4, 17, 5, 18, 8 and 31. The Powerball number being 9.

Three Division One winners will share the $150 million prize - two winners from Queensland, one from NSW. Source: The Lott.

Following the draw, the Lott spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer said she was eagerly waiting for the country’s three newest multi-millionaires to check their tickets and make contact to start the process of claiming their prize.

“We are thrilled to see three division one winning entries share this record-breaking jackpot tonight,” she said in a statement.

“Of course we were hoping to reach out to these winners tonight to break the incredible news but unfortunately the two Queensland division one winning entries are unregistered and so far we have been unable to get in touch with the New South Wales online winner.

“These three players have become overnight mid-week multi-millionaires but possibly don't know it yet.”

The $150 million Powerball jackpot is the largest in Australian history and people wasted no time to purchase an entry ahead of the draw.

“Ever since the Powerball jackpot soared to $150 million after last week’s jackpot eluded players, Aussies have wasted no time securing their chance to become the country’s biggest individual lottery winner,” The Lott spokeswoman Lauren Cooney said ahead on the draw.

The Powerball rocketed to $150 million, after no players held a Division One winning entry the week prior.

The Lott spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer said 2019 continued to be a record-breaking year for Australian lotteries with Powerball venturing into unexplored territory once again.

“Never before has there been such a strong sequence of high Powerball jackpots like the one we’ve witnessed during the past 12 months,” she said.

The largest individual lotto prize ever won in Australia was $107.575,649.08, which was scooped up by a lucky Sydney healthcare worker on January 17.

Her windfall set a new record for Australia’s biggest individual lottery winner.

Thursday’s draw comes after a Chatswood dad won $96.04 million in the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot last month – the second-largest lottery prize won in Australian history.

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