One lucky Australian has become the nation's third-biggest lottery winner ever, pocketing an eye-watering $80 million in Powerball's draw on Thursday night.
The jackpot, in which one in four Aussies are estimated to have bought a ticket, will land in the winner's bank account on December 17, resulting in what is bound to be a very merry Christmas.
The winning numbers for draw number 1333 are 4, 5, 19, 26, 27, 30 and 33 and the all-important Powerball number is 8.
The winning ticket was sold in Western Australia.
“After scoring the entire $80 million jackpot, the Western Australia player has officially secured their name in the Australian lottery books and shares the title of the nation’s third-biggest individual lottery winner,” The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said.
“You may not have been the one that won division one tonight, but there was a total of 2.5 million prizes worth more than $45.14 million won in divisions two to nine in tonight’s draw," he said, encouraging people to check their tickets for any other prize.
The last major jackpot to be won was on October 21, when a couple from South Melbourne won $60 million.
"I found out last night while I was watching TV with my wife. We knew straight after the draw that we had won. We were screaming and crying," the winning man said.
Australia’s biggest lottery winners
Only two people have won more than $80 million from an Australian lottery game.
They include a Sydney mum who won a $107 million Powerball prize in 2019 and a Chatswood dad who won $96 million in Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot the same year.
Here's how much Aussies have won in 2021
Powerball has so far crowned 13 multi-millionaires that shared in more than $339.7 million in prize money.
Players on the east coast have had the most luck, with New South Wales taking home seven of the 13 division one wins.
Queensland has enjoyed four wins, while Victoria has seen two.
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