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Powerball Lotto $80 million: Hunt for mystery Victoria winner


Victorians have been urged to check their tickets after one resident took out Australia’s third biggest lottery jackpot of all time last night.

The mystery punter won a staggering $80 million in this week’s Powerball draw – but so far, nobody has come forward to claim the incredible prize.

The player held the only division one winning entry across Australia in Powerball draw 1260, but as the winning entry was not registered to a Tatts Card, lottery officials have no way of contacting them to share the news.

The lucky person shares the title of Australia’s third biggest lottery winner, and it is the second time an $80 million Powerball prize has been won this year, after a Port Macquarie man scored the same amount back in March.

Details of the region where the winning ticket was sold is expected to be revealed this morning if the player has not come forward.

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The Lott spokeswoman Bronwyn Spencer said the enigmatic winner might be completely unaware they held the only division one winning entry in the Powerball draw.

“Someone in Victoria could be completely unaware that their life has changed forever, scoring the mouth-watering $80 million jackpot in tonight’s Powerball draw,” she said.

“We are encouraging all Victorian players to check their entries online, via the Lott website or app, or if you choose to visit a store, please practice social distancing. We can’t wait to unite this player with their prize.

“If you do realise you’re holding that multimillion-dollar ticket from tonight’s draw, please call us on 131 868 to begin the process of claiming your prize.”

The division one winner is the sixth Powerball division one winner across Australia so far this calendar year.

It comes hot on the heels of Tuesday’s record $50 million Oz Lotto win, which took almost two days to be claimed.

The unnamed winner was eventually revealed to be from North Sydney and she purchased her entry from Inlet Newsagency, Shop 5, 172 Jacobs Drive, Sussex Inlet.

She revealed it had been the first lottery ticket she ever bought – a case of “beginner’s luck” – which she picked up while on holidays in the picturesque coastal town.

She realised she was the mystery winner after eventually checking her entry online.

After confirming the win with lottery officials, the stunned woman declared that she would “definitely keep working” despite her newly bulging bank account.

The record for the largest single winning Powerball entry is $107 million which was won by a Sydney healthcare worker in January 2019.



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Powerball Lotto $50 million jackpot winning numbers


Tonight’s $50 million Powerball jackpot has not managed to score a lucky winner, with the prize boosted to a whopping $80 million for next week’s draw.

The lottery draw 1259 winnings numbers include: 26 – 15 – 16 – 6 – 1 – 21 – 10.

One-in-six Australians are predicted to have gotten their hands on a ticket for the Powerball after the jackpot rocketed to $50 million after last Thursday’s Powerball draw.

The lucky numbers have evaded a winner for four weeks and the jackpot was the third biggest prize offered by any Australian lottery this year.

The last Powerball division one winner was crowned in May when a Logan man won $17 million and planned to break the news to his family by pulling into the driveway in a flash new car.

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But the biggest winner of this particular game this year was a Port Macquarie man who pocketed a massive $80 million. The first thing this incredibly lucky winner did was buy his own brand new television.

“We certainly hope he’s enjoying that new TV and the rest of his $80 million prize,” The Lott’s Lauren Cooney said.

“We can’t wait to see where the next Powerball jackpot lands. Will the winning streak continue this Thursday for the Sunshine State or will the Powerball prize light up somewhere else in Australia? We will just have to wait and see.”

Powerball draw 1259 closes at 7.30pm AEST.

$1 MILLION CALL

Winning the lottery is the stuff of fantasies for most Aussies – but sadly, most of us will never know what it’s actually like.

But if you’ve ever wondered exactly what would happen if you received a life-changing call informing you that you’ve hit the jackpot, the mystery has just been solved.

That’s because Australia’s official lottery provider, The Lott, has just shared a recording of a phone call with a Queenslander who won a division one prize earlier this year.

The unnamed man – who was one of four division one winners – ended up pocketing a staggering total of $1,095,232.87.

In the clip, The Lott spokeswoman Lauren Cooney can be heard asking the man if he’d had the chance to check his online entry to the Saturday draw before confirming he was one of the lucky winners.

The clearly stunned man could respond with little more than a few expletives initially before telling Ms Cooney his “heart is just racing”.

He then told Ms Cooney he had “a good feeling” about the ticket, although he had no idea he had won big before the call.

“Oh, you don’t understand, that’s just amazing … oh my God,” he said.

“That’s just crazy, it made my day. I was actually having a cr*p morning, thank you very much.”



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Oz Lotto $30 million jackpot winning numbers


Tonight’s $30 million Oz Lotto draw is set to jackpot yet again after failing to score a division one winner.

The winning numbers for tonight’s 1376 draw are: 28 – 26 – 17 – 39 – 1 – 44 – 38. The supplementary numbers are: 14 – 41.

It comes after no one won last week’s draw which saw tonight’s prize jackpot to $30 million. Next Tuesday’s draw 1377 will now jackpot to $50 million.

So far in 2020, nine players have won the Tuesday drawn division one prize for a combined $76 million, with the largest taken home by a Parramatta man who pocketed nearly $17 million.

But The Lott’s Lauren Cooney said her favourite winner of the year was a Wagga Wagga family who collected $15 million.

“The family had no idea their dad had been secretly buying lottery tickets for the family for decades, always hoping they’d one day share a big lottery prize,” she said in an email to news.com.au.

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“I had to bring the family together on a conference call to break the news and half of them didn’t even know they had a ticket in the draw, so you could imagine the shock and surprise when I told them they’d won $15 million.

“We’re looking forward to seeing if we crown the country’s biggest Oz Lotto winner of the year tonight.”

$1 MILLION CALL

Winning the lottery is the stuff of fantasies for most Aussies – but sadly, most of us will never know what it’s actually like.

But if you’ve ever wondered exactly what would happen if you received a life-changing call informing you that you’ve hit the jackpot, the mystery has just been solved.

That’s because Australia’s official lottery provider, The Lott, has just shared a recording of a phone call with a Queenslander who won a division one prize earlier this year.

The unnamed man – who was one of four division one winners – ended up pocketing a staggering total of $1,095,232.87.

In the clip, The Lott spokeswoman Lauren Cooney can be heard asking the man if he’d had the chance to check his online entry to the Saturday draw before confirming he was one of the lucky winners.

The clearly stunned man could respond with little more than a few expletives initially before telling Ms Cooney his “heart is just racing”.

He then told Ms Cooney he had “a good feeling” about the ticket, although he had no idea he had won big before the call.

“Oh, you don’t understand, that’s just amazing … oh my God,” he said.

“That’s just crazy, it made my day. I was actually having a cr*p morning, thank you very much.”



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QLD tradie quits job after winning $800K in Gold Lotto draw


An Aussie tradie who discovered he had hit the jackpot went straight to work to do one thing today – quit.

The unidentified man, from Chermside in Queensland, held one of five division one winning entries across Australia in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3977.

The numbers were drawn on Wednesday night, but the man didn’t learn he was one of the lucky winners until he was on his way to work today.

Each winner will take home a staggering $800,000.

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After checking his ticket at a newsagent and confirming the happy news with lottery officials today, he said he planned to hand in a resignation letter immediately.

“I can’t believe it. I was on my way to work and stopped to check my lottery ticket and now I’ve won $800,000,” he said.

“I’ll be going to work to do one thing and one thing only, quit. This is so surreal. I really can’t believe it.

“I’ve won a lot of small prizes over the years but nothing like this. I’ve always thought one day I would win the lottery and today is my day. My mind is reeling, I really can’t think.”

The worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning entry at Nextra Express Chermside, Shop 1192, Westfield Shoppingtown, Chermside.

The tradie already has big plans when it comes to how he’ll spend the cash.

“I’m in desperate need of a holiday,” he said. “And I’ll have plenty of spare time to slow down as soon as I quit my job. I’m just going to sit back and relax.

“I want to buy house and just go fishing. I think golf will be my new hobby.”

Nextra Express Chermside manager Shannon Hickey said it was great news for her customer.

“Congratulations to him,” she said.

“We’ve been celebrating in store by sharing the exciting news with all our customers who are so happy for our latest winner.

“Over the years across our three stores we have sold countless division one winning entries.

“It’s fantastic for the community and our customers.”

In 2019, Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto and Saturday Gold Lotto created 203 millionaires across Australia.

The winning numbers in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3977 on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 were 35, 19, 8, 9, 23 and 31 while the supplementary numbers were 6 and 40.

Across Australia, there were five division one winning entries in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3977 – three from Queensland and one each from Victoria and New South Wales.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 146 so far this year, including 44 won by Golden Casket customers.



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Search for mystery Townsville winner for $9m lotto


A Townsville punter has no idea they are millions of dollars richer today after winning last night’s Powerball draw.

The mystery Queensland player held the only division one winning entry across Australia in Powerball draw 1251, and scored the total division one prize of $8,948,153.83.

The ticket is unregistered, so officials from lottery provider the Lott have no way of getting in touch, instead being forced to wait until the player comes forward.

The winning entry was purchased at newsXpress Garbutt Central, and owners Ken and Lyn Ivers said they were thrilled to have made one of their customers an overnight multi-millionaire.

“What wonderful news for the customer and for the region,” Ms Ivers said.

“It’s just fabulous. I can only imagine how excited they will be when they find out.”

Mr Ivers urged his customers to check their tickets.

“Hopefully we can unite this winner with their prize soon,” he said.

“In 2018, we sold a $15 million Oz Lotto entry and in 2015 we sold a Monday and Wednesday Gold Lotto entry worth $1 million.

“We feel like we are on a roll. We are a bit of a lucky store. Hopefully, this winning streak continues.”

The Lott spokeswoman Ally Ramsamy said she was eager to confirm the news with the winner and unite them with their multimillion-dollar prize.

“Someone in Townsville could have gone to work this morning with no idea they’ve woken up almost $9 million richer,” she said.

“Just imagine how your life could change after you discover you’re now a multi-millionaire.

“Make sure you check your wallet, handbag, fridge door, or anywhere else you may have stored your tickets. Previous winners have found valuable tickets in all sorts of places.

“If you discover you’re holding the winning ticket, hold on tight to it and phone 131 868 as soon as possible so we can start the prize claim process.”

The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1251 on Thursday May 7, 2020 were 12, 9, 16, 23, 26, 35 and 29. The all-important Powerball number was 10.

Meanwhile, a man from Sarina in the Mackay region in Queensland has also become one of our newest millionaires – shortly after losing his job due to the coronavirus crisis.

The unnamed man held one of two division one winning entries nationally in Monday and Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3970, and has pocketed $1 million.

He said the win was all the more welcome as he was out of work and his wife had recently been forced to take a pay cut.

He told lottery officials the win “changes our life massively” and that he felt “numb” after hearing of his good fortune.

“There’s been a bit of drama lately. I lost my job with the coronavirus pandemic and my wife has had to take a pay cut,” the man said.

“I’m shaking so much. Everything is beginning to align.

“I’ve been playing these numbers for six years, some are birthdays, ages, that kind of thing. I had a feeling that they would have to be drawn one day.”

He said he was looking forward to financial freedom.

“We will certainly pay off the mortgage to begin with. Never having to worry about making a mortgage payment will be incredible. I can’t imagine what that will feel like,” he said.

“We will pay some other bills and then it will just be amazing knowing I can take some time to find a job I actually enjoy and not have to rush back to work.

“The timing is just impeccable. This will change our life in a huge way.”

The man purchased his winning 18-game marked entry at newsXpress Sarina, Shop 5, Sarina Beach Road Shopping Centre, 13 Sarina Beach Road, Sarina.



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