State hiding record-breaking $150m winner

The lucky winner of Thursday’s $150m Powerball remains a “total mystery,” with newly minted millionaire becoming Australia’s biggest individual lottery winner.

While details remain scant, The Lott was confirmed the ticket was purchased from South Australia, and at an outlet in Adelaide.

The winning numbers were 18, 29, 34, 8, 4, 28, 6 with the Powerball number drawing number 11.

There were nine winning ticketholders who claimed second prize, each walking away with $276,036.95.

While the 261 third place ticket holders will claim $11,833.85 each.

The Powerball reached $150m on Thursday. Picture: NewsWire / David Swift

The $150m Powerball draw, which coincidentally falls on the game’s 28th year anniversary on Thursday, is the third-biggest prize ever offered by an Australian lottery game.

The jackpot reached the mammoth prize after there were no division one winners during the past six Powerball draws.

Up to half of Australian adults were expected to have an bought a ticket in the hopes of winning Thursday’s prize draw.

While the winning ticket holder is yet to be confirmed, The Lott spokesman Anna Hobdell said most division one winners commonly bought a new home, enjoyed a lavish holiday, or helped family and friends with their prize money.

But Ms Hobdell said some winners have been known to step outside of the box and indulge in some rather unique plans.

Millions of Aussies bought a ticket in the lotto from newsagents like Kylie Brown from Glenelg. Picture: NewsWire / Brenton Edwards

More than half of last year’s division one winner invested money for the future, 40 per cent helped family and friends, 35 per cent bought a new car, and 26 per cent paid off their mortgage or bought a new home.

One winner paid for a cruise for the whole family one week after Christmas, taking 38 of their nearest and dearest on a voyage out to sea.

Another winner revealed they got to live out a lifelong dream and travelled to the Monaco Grand Prix.

“We’re taking a family trip to France in a month,” one winner said.

“I did a skydive over the Gold Coast.”

Ms Hobdell said Thursday night’s momentous $150m Powerball draw gave players the chance to dream big and claim the title as Australia’s biggest individual lottery winner.

“We expect up to half of Australian adults to have an entry into the $150m Powerball draw, with many Aussies hoping to tick some amazing aspirations off their bucket list,” she said.

“If one person takes home the entire $150m Powerball prize on Thursday night, they’ll not only expect a hefty boost to their bank account, but they’ll instantly become Australia’s biggest individual lottery winner.

“An inner-Sydney mum in her 40s currently holds the title for the biggest individual lottery winner in Australia after scoring a phenomenal $107m in 2019.

“Despite becoming a newly minted millionaire, she continues to clean and cook for her family but was happy to ‘never pick up a single iron ever again’.

“We can’t wait to see if we’ll be calling anyone on Thursday night to let them know they’ve scored a life-changing division one prize.”