Lottery officials have revealed the suburb where one of two $50 million winning Powerball tickets was purchased – but the search is still on for one of the multi-millionaire
A ticket sold in Sydney and another online to someone in Victoria were the only two to share in the $100 million Powerball jackpot by correctly selecting 3, 13, 27, 31, 32, 33, 35 and the Powerball 3.
It’s now been revealed the NSW ticket was purchased from a licensed lottery outlet in the Canterbury-Bankstown region of southern Sydney and the owner might still be oblivious.
“As the southern Sydney entry was not registered to a Players Club card, NSW Lotteries officials have no way to contact the ticketholder and break that mind-blowing news,” The Lott spokesperson Matthew Hart said on Friday morning.
“This means the winner may have yet to discover their new multi-million-dollar status and could be walking around with a ticket worth $50 million in their pocket, wallet or handbag.”
The exact outlet where the winning ticket will only be released after 7am Saturday – unless the winner comes forward beforehand.
First $50 million winner revealed
A Melbourne man in his 20s has stepped forward as one of two $50 million winners from last night’s jackpot Powerball draw.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his ticket online just moments before the record-breaking $100 million draw closed at 7.30pm.
He said he checked his ticket just before he went to bed and struggled to contain his excitement when he saw the winning numbers staring back at him.
“I’m trying to remain as calm as possible!” he said.
Almost 3.5 million other players collected a return ranging from a division two prize of $122,000 down to ninth division’s $10.55.
Australian Gambling Research Centre manager Rebecca Jenkinson said three factors were at play in luring people to play a lottery.
Humans have difficulty processing and understanding the minuscule odds of winning first prize, getting a few numbers up brings on the near-miss effect and we dream, she said.
“The reason we’ve seen queues out the door is we’ve all got that hope and it’s nice to dream,” Dr Jenkinson told AAP.
“We’ve seen people win before, we’ve heard people win before so it’s the ‘why not us?’ at play.”