The suburb with mystery $80m Powerball winner

Ash Cant
·3-min read

The search for Thursday night’s winner of the huge Powerball Division One prize is still yet to come forward, with officials narrowing down the search to a Victorian suburb.

A mystery player from Victoria held the sole winning ticket for the $80 million draw, however officials from The Lott are still yet to identify the winner.

The winning numbers were 33, 2, 32, 31, 28, 21 and 26, and the all-important Powerball number was 12 in Powerball draw 1260.

Because the winner was not registered to a Tatts Card, officials have no way of making contact with the winner to inform them of the good news.

Pictured is the Dromana Authorised Newsagency, about 75km from Melbourne's CBD.
The Lott has revealed the winning ticket was purchased at Dromana Authorised Newsagency and officials are urging the winner to come forward. Source: Google Maps

However, The Lott has revealed the winner purchased the ticket at a news agency in Dromana, about 75km south of Melbourne’s CBD.

The owner of Dromana Authorised Newsagency, where the winning ticket was sold, said the win had broken the agency’s dry spell of selling winning tickets.

“We’ve sold a few division one winning entries in the past, but it’s been a few years since we’ve had a win,” Paul Fancett said.

“We’ve never had a win as big as this! Our previous largest win was $1 million, so this certainly blows that out of the water.”

Mr Fancett said he will have to think about how the Dromana store will celebrate this win, assuring some sort of celebration will have to happen to mark the occassion.

“We are absolutely thrilled for our customer,” Mr Fancett added.

“We hope they check their ticket soon and realise they have won!”

Pictured is a person holding a Powerball ticket.
A spokesperson for The Lott said there are many reasons why someone might not immediately come forward after winning a prize. Source: The Lott

According to Bronwyn Spencer, a spokesperson for The Lott, there are many reasons as to why a winner may not come forward immediately, explaining the reason behind the delay varies player to player.

“Previous winners have told us that despite hearing of a massive win, they simply did not think it could happen to them, so they didn’t check their ticket,” she said.

“Other winners have explained that they thought they purchased it at a different outlet or into a separate draw, while others had forgotten entirely they had purchased one at all.

“Even if you don’t think you’ve won, or you think you purchased it at another outlet or for another draw, make sure you check your ticket.”

Ms Spencer said if you believe you have the winning ticket, you should call 131 868, to begin the process of claiming your prize of $80 million.

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