One lucky Aussie has started 2022 $60 million richer after securing the only division one winning ticket in Powerball draw 1338.
It’s the biggest draw so far in 2022 – and here are the winning numbers: 5, 15, 20, 27, 28, 29 and 34, with Powerball number 8.
Besides the major prize winner, four division two winners have pocketed $216,329.20 each.
No further details are known about the winner as yet.
The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart was expecting one in six Aussies to have an entry into Thursday night’s draw.
“It would certainly change your plans for the rest of 2022 and for the rest of your life,” Mr Hart said.
Last year, there were 14 Powerball division one winners in Australia who collectively pocketed more than $550 million.
The last division one Powerball win was on December 2, when a syndicate of 55 women in WA scored an incredible $80 million.
The ladies, who all attend the same gym, each pocketed $1.5 million. Yahoo News spoke to one winner, Sue, who was delighted with the win.
“I can’t explain how it feels,” she said.
“I can’t even put it into words. It’s just surreal.”
Fun facts about last year’s lottery winners, according to the Lott
Only 11 per cent told no one about their winnings.
More than a quarter used their winnings towards a charity. One winner said they donated $15,000 to their local school for an Anzac memorial wall.
Most people (59 per cent) used their money for investments closely followed by 57 per cent who used it for mortgage payments or buying a house, and 52 per cent used it to help family and friends.
One winner, clearly a dog lover, put money towards their pooch who was going through chemotherapy and had a leg amputated. “It feels good to provide him with the best care,” they said.
Winners clearly love new wheels. About 40 per cent ended up buying a new car.
With Covid restrictions not many travelled but those who did went to Tasmania and Hamilton Island to celebrate.
An environmentally conscious winner said they used their winnings to set up solar power at their home.
Most picked numbers
Struggling to think of numbers to use? Well, there is a list of the most frequently picked numbers from previous draws since April 2018.
The most drawn number was the 17, which has been picked 56 times. Such is its frequency in being picked, it’s actually been drawn nine times more than the next two numbers which are seven and nine.
Two, 11 and 25 have all been drawn 45 times each while 14 and 23 have been picked 44 times.
Thirty-one is the least picked with just 27 draws. As for the Powerball number, 19 has been the most frequently drawn at 17 times, closely followed by three, two and six.
If you’re feeling a number is due, 12 hasn’t been scooped out as the Powerball number in 60 weeks while six hasn’t been picked in the general draw for 16 weeks.
It’s important to remember the numbers drawn or not drawn aren’t an indication of what will necessarily happen with the lottery. That’s completely random. It’s merely an observation of how frequent or infrequently a certain number has been drawn.
Unclaimed prizes remain for mystery millionaires
Have you maybe got a ticket lying around that you forgot to check?
According to The Lott, there are 23 unclaimed prizes worth almost $23 million.
“The oldest unclaimed division one win is in Queensland – in June 2015, a ticket purchased in Morayfield won a Saturday Gold Lotto prize worth $1 million,” Mr Hart said
One of the most recent unclaimed wins landed in Coober Pedy last month, when a mystery player won a Monday X Lotto prize of $1 million.
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