Powerball jackpots to whopping $80 million lotto prize

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Australians have an opportunity to score a whopping $80 million this week when the Powerball skyrockets to one of its highest jackpots in history.

The game is set to be drawn on Thursday evening, with this week’s potential prize only the seventh time a Powerball jackpot has reached such a level in the game’s 24-year history.

In the past five draws, 19 division-two winners have been just one number away from claiming the division one prize.

The chance of winning a division-one prize in Powerball is one in 134,490,400 and the chance of winning any division prize with a single game in Powerball is one in 44.

A photo of a Powerball lotto ticket as $80 million jackpot announced.
Thursday's draw will be one of seven in Powerball history to reach at least $80 million. Source: The Lott

One in four Australian adults are expected to purchase an entry in this week’s draw, according to The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart.

“So far in 2020, five Powerball division one winners across Australia have won more than $189.9 million in prize money,” Mr Hart said.

“Of these Powerball division one wins, three have landed in Queensland, with one each in NSW and Victoria.

“With up to a quarter of adult Australians expected to get an entry into the draw, we are encouraging people to get in early, either in store or online.”

Mr Hart added it might be useful for entrants to consider “hot” and “cold” numbers when putting their money on the line.

Powerball balls shown ahead of the $80 million draw on Thursday.
Australians have until Thursday evening to get their entries in. Source: The Lott

“While Powerball is a random game of chance, and every number has an equal chance of being drawn, there are some numbers we have seen drawn out of the barrel more often than others,” he said.

“Players interested in trying their hand at choosing their numbers may mark ‘hot’ numbers in the hope they live up to their reputation of being drawn more often.”

The Powerball draw will close for entries at 7.30pm AEST on Thursday, with tickets to be purchased at any licensed lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via the Lott mobile app.

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