As Thursday night’s Powerball jackpots to a whopping $80 million, Aussies are reminded that a single winner of the prize will immediately share the title of the nation’s third biggest lottery winner.
Powerball draw 1333 is expected to be a major event around the country, with up to one-in-four Australian adults expected to have an entry in the jackpot draw.
Powerball has previously jackpotted to $80 million only twice in 2021, and on both of these occasions the jackpot was won.
The only Australians who have won more than $80 million from an Australian lottery game are a mum from Sydney's inner city, who won a $107 million Powerball prize in 2019, and a Chatswood dad who won $96 million in a Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot the same year.
If a single person wins division one on Thursday night’s Powerball jackpot, they will join these winners as the top three biggest lottery winners in the country.
To obtain this title, the winner must score all numbers in a single entry, as the only division one winner of Thursday's draw.
The $80 million jackpot offers the equal biggest prize of any Australian lottery game in 2021, with entries closing on Thursday December 2 at 7:30pm AEST.
Powerball winners to receive pre-Christmas prize payment
The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said that winners of Thursday’s division one Powerball jackpot will have their prize paid on Friday, December 17, just in time for Christmas.
“We’ve only seen an $80 million Powerball prize offered twice before in 2021, and on both of those occasions, the prize was won. Will we see history repeat itself this week?” he said.
A North Melbourne cleaner scored the entire $80 million division one prize in August 2021, and a Campbelltown retiree and Smithfield man shared the $80 million Powerball prize in April this year.
“In the lead up to the last Powerball $80 million draw, the peak of sales was at 6.43pm – less than an hour before the draw’s close – when more than 7,000 entries were purchased in-store and online in a single minute,” Mr Hart said.
“We’re expecting similar interest in this week’s massive draw. Needless to say, you need to be in it for the chance to win it.”
Mr Hart also shared his biggest tip for players hoping to score the big win.
“My big tip is to register your entry to a player card or online account. This means your prize is secure and we can reach out to you straight after the draw on Thursday night if you win division one,” he said.
Hot and cold numbers revealed
The Lott have released statistics on Powerball trends in the hopes that they will inspire an $80 million division one win on Thursday evening.
Representatives from The Lott have compiled data of wins from the previous three years, and have revealed the hottest and coldest numbers for winners.
Hottest numbers: From the main barrel, the most frequently drawn numbers were shown to be 17, 7, 9, 2, and 11.
Coldest numbers: 31, 34, 33, 15, and 6 were shown to be the least frequently drawn numbers from the main barrel.
Hottest Powerball number: Over the last three years, the Powerball number 19 has been drawn the most frequently.
Coldest Powerball number: Powerball number 18 was shown to be the least picked in previous draws.
So far this year, there have been 13 division one winners who have collected more than $470 million in prizes.
New South Wales has seen seven wins, Queensland has scored four wins, and Victoria has seen two.
Data also shows that seven of the 13 division one Powerball wins from this year have come from a PowerHit entry, whilst nine were from QuickPick entries.
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