For one South Australian, the euphoria from his gargantuan win in Thursday’s record-breaking $110m Powerball draw may have left the finer details of his giant scoop bit of a blur.
But once the dust has settled surrounding his $36.67m division one jackpot, he’ll realise his choice of ticket scored him nearly $1m on top of his first division prize.
Thanks to his Powerhit ticket, which guarantees the Powerball number, the lucky entrant managed to claim not only one third of the division one prize, but also 19 division two prizes.
With the division two prize sitting at $49,276.10, those 19 wins added an extra $936,244 to his winnings.
“That’s unbelievable!” he said when he was informed of his giant win.
While a Powerhit play may only show one line of numbers on a ticket, it is in fact 20 separate entries, with the same seven numbers chosen played with all 20 possible Powerball numbers, The Lott’s Bronwyn Spencer pointed out to Yahoo News Australia.
She described the additional winnings as “extra icing to the multi-million-dollar cake.”
While the $24 cost of the ticket might put people off the strategy, it certainly paid off for this particular winner, who has scooped a considerable bonus compared to someone who struck division one gold with 20 randomly picked lines.
But the chances of a single game winning the first division Powerball remain at the massive odds of one in 134,490,400.
In the last financial year, one in 10 division one winners played a Powerhit while it has been as high as one in four in previous years.
Earlier in the week, The Lott revealed there were 34 division two winners last week who most likely wished they’d played a Powerhit to have a share of the $90m division one jackpot.
And for those superstitious players out there, Powerhit can be played with personal numbers as well as computer generated numbers.
One winner of the division one prize from Thursday night is still to be identified, with players from Victoria urged to check their tickets.
A Sydney woman claimed the other division prize.
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