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.