Powerball $60m jackpot: The entry that’s scored half of 2021 wins

With $60 million up for grabs in Thursday night’s Powerball draw, lottery officials have revealed the entry that has scored the most wins so far this year.

It’s expected that one-in-six Aussie adults will have an entry in the draw, giving players the chance to take home the second biggest Australian lottery jackpot of 2021.

“Looking at the division one wins so far this year, PowerHits have certainly featured prominently and helped deliver some massive windfalls,” said The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart.

A study of the 2021 division one winning entries found that half were PowerHit entries, which Mr Hart says “guarantees the Powerball number you absolutely need to win the division one jackpot.”

Hand holds up lottery ticket Source: The Lott
Half of the division one winning entries this year have been PowerHit entries. Source: The Lott

Nine of the 12 multi-million-dollar winning entries were QuickPick entries, where the lottery terminal randomly chose the numbers for you.

Only three wins were from a marked entry, where the player selected the numbers themselves, which is bad news for people using their lucky numbers.

However, PowerHit entries can get pricey, with one PowerHit entry to this Powerball jackpot draw costing $24.30, while six standard entry games will cost you just $7.30.

Mr Hart said this Thursday’s massive jackpot was the third time Powerball had offered a $60 million prize this year.

“The end of 2021 is fast approaching, but Powerball shows no signs of slowing down. We haven’t had any division one winners during the past five weeks, sending the multi-million-dollar jackpot higher and higher,” he said.

Powerball balls. Source: The Lott
Thursday’s massive jackpot is the third time Powerball had offered a $60 million prize this year. Source: The Lott

So far this year, 12 Powerball division one winners have scored more than $410 million in prize money.

These wins have been concentrated along the nation’s eastern seaboard, with seven in New South Wales, four in Queensland, and one in Victoria.

Most memorable Powerball winner of 2021 revealed

Mr Hart revealed that one of this year’s most memorable Powerball winners won $80 million – the biggest lottery prize thus far.

“That jackpot went to a North Melbourne dad who had been working as a cleaner since he lost his job because of Covid-19 lockdowns,” revealed Mr Hart.

“No doubt many players will want to follow in this winner’s footsteps this week,” he added.

To win division one in Powerball, players need to match all seven winning numbers, drawn from a barrel of 35 numbers, and the all-important Powerball number, drawn from a barrel of 20 numbers.

Man celebrates lottery win outside with woman
Mr Hart revealed that one of this year’s most memorable Powerball winners won $80 million. Source: Getty.

However, regardless of what type of entry players chose, Mr Hart said it was important they had an entry in before the draw’s close at 7.30pm AEST on Thursday if they wanted a chance to win.

“I’ll be standing by to reach out to any division one winners immediately after the draw on Thursday night, so make sure you register your entry to a player card or online account,” said Mr Hart.

The $60 million Powerball draw 1327 will take place on Thursday, October 21 and tickets can be purchased at any licensed lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via The Lott mobile app.

Check your tickets: nine suburbs with unclaimed lottery jackpots

It’s time to dig those lottery tickets out of your wallet or desk drawer, after The Lott announced that there are nine winning tickets worth a total of $15 million yet to be claimed.

The entries are from various draws dating back to April, including two Set For Life entries worth a combined $9.6 million.

Winning tickets were sold in the following suburbs: Woden, Winston Hills, Anna Bay, West Ryde, Mount Hutton, Glenmore Park, Hamilton, Port Macquarie and Wetherill Park.

The Lott spokesperson Lauren Cooney said it was unusual to see so many unclaimed tickets, but put it down to extended lockdowns in NSW and the ACT.

“We know that lottery players haven’t been able to check their tickets as they normally would but with restrictions beginning to ease throughout the state, it’s the perfect time to make sure you do,” said Ms Cooney.

“There are currently nine people in New South Wales who don’t need to be waiting until the next lottery draw for their chance to win a life-changing prize – they already have but they just don’t know it yet,” she added.

She urged all people to check their tickets, as the unsuspecting winners all hold unregistered entries, meaning lottery officials have no way of contacting them.

“We have no doubt your plans for the rest of the year are looking up but post-lockdown they could be a whole lot more exciting if you checked your ticket and realised you were holding a major prize winning entry.”

If gambling is a problem for you go to Gambling Help Online or call 1800 858 858.

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