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Canberra’s Jack Wighton claims NRL’s Dally M Medal hours after online blunder reveals winner

Canberra five-eighth Jack Wighton was crowned the NRL’s Dally M Medal winner only hours after the result was accidentally reported in the media.

The Daily Telegraph had published a story on its website earlier on Monday evening revealing Wighton had claimed the NRL’s highest individual honour.

The Daily Telegraph journalist Phil Rothfield acknowledged the newspaper’s website had published the result before it was officially announced.

“Owing to a production error that was out of my control, The Daily Telegraph website accidentally published the winner of the Dally M award before the official announcement tonight,” Rothfield wrote on Twitter.


“We apologise sincerely for the mistake.”

Wighton became the first Raider to win the Dally M Medal since Laurie Daley in 1995.

He polled 26 votes across the 20 rounds of the minor premiership to finish ahead of Parramatta’s Clint Gutherson (25 votes) and Penrith’s Nathan Cleary (24).

Wighton was also named in the Dally M Team of the Year at five-eighth.

Among the other awards announced as part of the virtual ceremony was the NRLW’s Dally M Medal, which went to Brisbane’s Ali Brigginshaw.

Penrith’s Ivan Cleary was named Coach of the Year and Wests Tigers’ Harry Grant was crowned Rookie of the Year.

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The Great Race’s first winner Frank Coad remembers a rough, hand-laid track, and a car that dealt with it

The Bathurst 1000 is arguably Australia’s most famous race, the equivalent of the footy grand final for rev heads.

The smell of high octane fuel, burning rubber, and the sound of the supercars screaming past continues to draw thousands of spectators back to the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, Victoria, every year.

But the epic supercar race Australians have come to know and love looked very different when the first cars crossed the start line back in 1960.

For the first two years, not only did the race have a different name, but it was held in a different state.

Frank Coad and his co-driver John Roxburgh were the first winners of The Great Race, then named the Armstrong 500 and held on Phillip Island in Victoria.

While Mr Roxburgh sadly passed in 1993, Mr Coad is 90 years old and living in a retirement home in Bendigo, Victoria, with his wife Zena.

An older man wearing a hat and glasses standing in between two women.
1960 Armstrong 500 winner Frank Coad with his two daughters Susan Owen, left, and Julie Tyrrell.(Supplied: Susan Owen)

Preparation was key

He remembers the race as clearly now as it happened, 60 years ago.

“We felt pretty confident,” he said.

“John Roxburgh was my co-driver, he started off the race, he did 40 something laps, then I took over and did 40 odd laps, then he took over another 40, then I finished off the race.

“A fortnight beforehand we’d done a full 500 mile under race conditions.”

The car they won the race in was a Vauxhall Cresta, a six-cylinder sedan.

It certainly was not the race favourite.

But as Mr Coad will attest, it was all about preparation.

“We’d put in about three or four months of work getting ready for it,” he said.

“We had the car so finely tuned.”

He said the car clocked 98 miles an hour at race day, the equivalent of about 157kph.

“We had it sewn up pretty much after the first pit stop,” he said.

A black and white photo of the Vauxhall Cresta during the race at the 1960 Armstrong 500.
Frank Coad’s Vauxhall Cresta at Phillip Island during the 1960 Armstrong 500.(Supplied: Susan Owen)

Mr Coad said the drivers, brothers David and John Youl, brought the car over from Tasmania and did not know enough about the Phillip Island grand prix circuit — hand-laid using buckets of cold mix bitumen.

“We’d done all our preparation, we knew how far we could go on our front tyres without any troubles, and they didn’t.

“They went through the first pit stop and they carried on with the original tyres hoping they’d get another run out of them.

“But it didn’t happen.

“A tyre blew, they turned it over and wrecked it.”

The rough track was the reason the race was moved, as the bridge access to Phillip Island made it difficult to get the right equipment in to fix it.

Five men stand in front of cars.
Phillip Island legends Craig Lowndes, Peter Brock, Frank Coad, Russell Ingall and Mark Skaife meet in 2002.(Supplied: Susan Owen)

Mr Coad said he tuned in to watch Bathurst every year, but it was not the same race he remembered.

“That disappeared by about 1964.

“It’s all changed, it has done over the years — as everything does.”

Racing was ‘bad business’

Mr Coad said General Motors, the parent company of the Vauxhall brand, considered racing “bad business” and didn’t want the Melbourne Vauxhall dealership to be involved in the race.

“They weren’t into motor racing in those days,” he said.

A man and a woman stand wearing sunglasses in front of a car in a black and white photo from the 1960s
Frank Coad said his wife Zena Coad was a great supporter of his career and a fantastic passenger.(Supplied: Susan Owen)

He said when the Melbourne Vauxhall dealership opened after the race, the demand for the Cresta model went through the roof.

“They didn’t want to buy a Velox, they wanted to buy a Cresta and they couldn’t get enough Crestas to sell,” Mr Coad said.

He said the prize money for first place was a far cry from the amount the Bathurst 1000 winner would take home today.

“I was married with three little children. My wife was nursing a six-week-old baby when I won it,” he said.

Reviving history

Mr Coad’s daughter Susan Owen lives in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in WA’s Goldfields region.

She reached out to the ABC after hearing an off-the-cuff comment about the upcoming Bathurst 1000 race on local radio.

Ms Owen said she wanted Australia to hear her father’s story.

“A lot of people don’t know The Great Race started in Phillip Island and that’s the sad part, I suppose,” she said.

Since being stuck in lockdown, Mr Coad has not been able to get behind the wheel, but he still loves to drive.

“I drive around in a 1995 Holden ute today, but it’s done 430,000 kilometres,” he said.

He said he had always driven fast, and racing is in his blood.

He said there was only one thing holding him back.

“There’s too many police around,” he said.

Watch Brock: Over The Top at 8:30pm on Tuesday, November 3, on ABC TV+iview

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School sport the big winner in Federal Budget 2020, while elite sporting bodies secure funding until Paris Olympics

The Sporting Schools program has become the big winner in the sports sector of the Federal Budget, with almost $20 million committed for this year and next.

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will receive $2.4 million towards setup costs with more to come pending confirmation of State Government contributions.

The Australian Sports Foundation, a government-established charity to help raise tax deductible donations for sport, will receive $4.7 million to support community sporting clubs through enhanced IT and cybersecurity to grow their fundraising capabilities.

There is also $4 million for the Organ and Tissue Authority to partner with community, corporate and sporting partners to raise awareness and encourage donors.

The Acting CEO of Sport Australia, Rob Dalton, told The Ticket the commitment to the Sporting Schools program was fantastic.

Through Sport Australia, national sports bodies are married with service providers to offer a range of free sports to primary school children and targeted high school students in years seven and eight.

Elite sport funding secure until Paris Games

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Acting CEO of Sport Australia Rob Dalton says the commitment to the Sporting Schools program is “fantastic”.(Supplied: Sport Australia)

Since it began in 2015, Sport Australia says 7,500 schools have received funding with the aim to encourage kids to be active and hopefully develop a life-long desire to remain so.

“We were really excited … it’s a really important program for the Government, for us, where we’ve had a record number of schools take it up in term 4, so that’s a great sign,” Mr Dalton said.

“We’re going to really work hard to try and connect the Sporting Schools program with our participation in sport so that we can try and get those kids that are participating in the program through into clubs so we can continue the cycle.”

The Government’s total commitment to sport, through funding of the Australian Sports Commission, is budgeted at $322 million for 2020-2021 with forward estimates showing a $50 million decrease in each of the following two years.

Mr Dalton said the downward projection was usual as programs complete their cycle and new programs have not been granted or are yet to re-apply for funding.

“We haven’t got any clarity at this point which is not usual as to what the funding is going to be.”

He says commitment to high-performance sport has already been guaranteed after the delay earlier this year of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

“All national sporting organisations who do receive funding have got the certainty going into the Paris cycle [2024].”

Olympic Committee did not want more funds during pandemic

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Australian Olympic Committee chief executive Matt Carroll says he did not ask for more funding.(AAP: Bianca De Marchi, file photo)

The peak body for 52 summer and winter Olympic sports, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), has welcomed the certainty provided in the budget even though no increase was sought or given.

The AOC’s CEO Matt Carroll said the Government had a lot on its plate.

“We saw from the budget last night how much they are investing to ensure Australia comes through this safely,” he said.

“Sport took the view that we weren’t asking for any additional investment but if we could just have the level of funding maintained.

“That’s exactly what the Government has done so we welcome that certainty because that’s exactly what the sports were looking for.”

The AOC, Paralympics Australia and Commonwealth Games Australia submitted a three-point plan to the Government earlier this year looking at potentially changing future funding models. They did not seek any immediate funding change.

A number of Olympic sports are also partners in the Sporting Schools program and Mr Carroll said continued funding was important.

“Sporting Schools is very important in ensuring our kids stay active,” he said.

“Quite a few of the Olympic sports participate in Sporting Schools and apart from the Government’s program, the sports themselves are then going into schools with their own development programs.”

The AOC has its own self-funded program — Olympians Unleashed — where athletes have been speaking to students virtually.

“We normally put Olympians into the classrooms but we can’t do that so we have them virtually, inspiring kids and giving them the tenacity and strength to keep on keeping on and also to make sure they’re active over this COVID time,” Mr Carroll said.

The Government has also allocated $27.4 million for Sport Integrity Australia, the new and more powerful body replacing the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

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Oz Lotto jackpots to $20 million after Draw 1386 fails to find division one winner

Tonight’s Oz Lotto has jackpotted to $20 million after no one took out the division one prize of $10 million.

The winning numbers for today’s Draw 1386 were 2 – 15 – 13 – 10 – 21 – 24 – 34, with supplements 22 – 42.

Draw 1387 will be drawn next Tuesday September 15.

To be in the running for the multimillion-dollar lottery prize, punters have to choose seven numbers, or, a QuickPick which chooses the numbers for you.

The next big lottery you’ll want to be in the running for is the Powerball – this Thursday’s draw has reached a $40 million jackpot.


There was some good news for 78 Victorians on Saturday when their syndicates won a share of the $20 million division one prize pool in a TattsLotto draw on Saturday.

The entries held by the two separate syndicate entries were among the five division one winning entries nationally in TattsLotto draw 4083 on September 5.

One of the syndicate entries consisting of 58 players from across the state was one of the five division one winning entries. The division one prize of $4 million gave each syndicate member $75,000 each.

Another Victorian syndicate entry consisting of 20 players was another of the five division one winning entries nationally in TattsLotto draw 4083 that scored a division one prize in the weekend’s draw.

As well as winning the $4 million division one prize, their marked System 20 entry also scored them division three 84 times and division four 1365 times. Each syndicate member receives a share worth more than $200,000.


As some members of both syndicates held unregistered entries, they may have yet to discover their winning news. Anyone with an entry in the weekend’s TattsLotto draw is urged to check their tickets.

The Lott spokewoman Bronwyn Spencer said some syndicate members held unregistered entries and might have yet to discover their winning news.

“It’s fair to say these syndicate members have had a great start to their week by pocketing tens of thousands of dollars each,” she said.

“While we’ll be reaching out to those syndicate members who registered their entries to their Tatts Cards, there are many syndicate members who have unregistered entries and may not yet know they’re part of this winning group.”

The winning numbers in TattsLotto draw 4083 on September 5 were 38, 13, 2, 32, 3 and 37 while the supplementary numbers were 36 and 29.

Last financial year, TattsLotto created 127 millionaires across Australia.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 272 so far this calendar year, including 109 won by Tatts customers.

Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, there were 318 division one winning TattsLotto entries across Australia, which collectively won more than $346.12 million.

Last financial year, more than 104.9 million winners took home more than $3.45 billion in prize money from games at the Lott, including TattsLotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Keno and Instant Scratch-Its.

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Subzero, 1992 Melbourne Cup winner, dies

Legendary race horse Subzero, the winner of the 1992 Melbourne Cup, has died.

A fan favourite during and after his career, Subzero reportedly died of heart failure.

The Lee Freedman-trained horse was ridden by Greg Hall when it won the Melbourne Cup at Flemington 28 years ago.

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$20m winner reveals surprising plan after jackpot

A young man from Liverpool who pocketed $20 million in Thursday’s Powerball jackpot has vowed to share his winnings – and potentially “work harder”.

The western Sydney man, who wishes to remain anonymous, confirmed his win with lottery officials this morning.

He held the only division one winning entry in last night’s Powerball draw 1263, which means he scored the entire prize.

The NSW man purchased his winning marked 50-game entry online at, Australia’s official lottery provider.

While he said he planned to spoil himself “a little”, he also said he had no immediate plans to quit his job to enjoy his millions.

“There’s certainly a lot to think about. I want to save some for the future and invest some too,” he said.

“I don’t know what I will do with work. I could take it easy or work harder.

“But one thing is for sure, I will certainly be taking some time off to enjoy life as a multi-millionaire.”

The generous winner said he “can’t wait” to share his cash with his loved ones and that he couldn’t believe he had gone from “having little, to being insanely rich” overnight.

“I can’t wait to help my family. I want to buy my parents a house,” he said.

“I can’t travel at the moment, but as soon as I can, I will be straight on a plane to Las Vegas.

“There will be a few little splurges when I first get the money. I want to buy a ski boat and there will be a new car.”

He said he was about to go to bed last night when he decided to check his account on the off chance he had won something after the Powerball numbers were drawn.

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When his account revealed his $20 million win, he initially couldn’t believe his good fortune.

“I kept logging in and out of my online account. I even checked (The Lott’s) website and tried searching for any news of a winner online,” he said.

“My heart was racing. I was shaking. I had to call my mum because I was just in total shock. She checked for me as well, and that’s when it started to feel real.

“She was in hysterics. But honestly once I started to believe it, I felt incredibly calm.

“I couldn’t sleep last night. I just kept thinking about the fact I am now a multi-millionaire. How crazy is that?”

The young man was with his mother during the life-changing call to lottery officials.

“This changes everything for me and for my whole family,” he said.

“I am with my mum now and she’s crying. She can’t say a word.

“This is the best phone call I have ever received. This is the best day of my life. I have gone from having little to being insanely rich! It’s unf***ing believable!”

He also told the official he had “cracked a beer” to celebrate during the call.

Thursday’s jackpot winner is the seventh Powerball winner of 2020. Together these seven winners have collectively taken home $289,995,334.21.

The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1263 on Thursday July 30, 2020 were 24, 3, 30, 19, 27, 9 and 35, while the Powerball number was 1.

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Derek Ho, Hawaii’s first world champion surfer and two-time Pipeline winner, dies at 55

Australian Mick Fanning has joined the world surfing community in paying tribute to Hawaiian surfing great Derek Ho, who has died at age 55.

A two-time Pipeline Masters and a four-time Hawaiian Triple Crown winner, Ho become Hawaii’s first world champion in the sport at age 29, taking the title in 1993.

Ho was known for for his prowess in surfing the famous Pipeline break off the Hawaiian island of Oahu’s North Shore.

The World Surf League confirmed Ho died on Friday afternoon after suffering a heart attack last week.

Fanning said surfing had lost “another great soul”.

“Uncle D was always such a friendly and funny guy towards me. Full of life and quirky in the amazing Ho family way,” Fanning said.

“Your memory, legacy and character will live on and inspire many in the future.”


Fellow Hawaiian surfer Jamie O’Brien said he was “lost for words” after Ho’s death.

Ho’s family included many professional surfers, including his World Cup-winning brother Michael Ho.

He was the uncle of former Championship Tour surfer Coco Ho and her brother Mason Ho.


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Jack Charlton, 1966 World Cup winner, Leeds United legend and football great, dies aged 85

Jack Charlton, an uncompromising central defender who played alongside his brother, Bobby, in England’s World Cup-winning side in 1966 before enjoying coaching success with Ireland, has died aged 85.

Nicknamed “Big Jack” and celebrated for his earthy “beer and cigarettes” image, Charlton was Footballer of the Year in England in 1967.

He spent all his club career at Leeds, from 1952-73, tying the club’s all-time record of 773 appearances. He won every domestic honour, including the league title in 1969.

Charlton’s family said he died at home on Friday (local time) in Northumberland.

“As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather,” the family said in a statement.

“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.

“He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people. His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories.”

His biggest achievement came with the England national team that beat Germany 4-2 after extra time in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

A black and white photo of Jack Charlton holding a trophy above his head at a packed Wembley
Jack Charlton after winning the 1966 World Cup with England.(AP)

Bobby, his younger brother, played in midfield. Jack celebrated the victory by partying in a random person’s house in north London, ending up sleeping on the floor.

That was typical of the man who kept the common touch despite his fame and remained an affable character, fond of life’s simple pleasures.

“I got a lift back the following morning and my mother was playing hell as I hadn’t been to bed all night,” Charlton recalled.

“I said, ‘Mother, we’ve just won the World Cup!'”

Charlton made 35 appearances for England between 1965-70, also playing in the 1968 European Championship and the 1970 World Cup. A very different player to Bobby, who was once all-time top scorer for both England and Manchester United, Jack was in the shadow of his brother during his playing career.


It was obvious from an early age that Bobby “was going to play for England and would be a great player”, Jack recalled in a 1997 BBC interview.

“He was strong, left- and right-footed, good balance, good skills. He had everything, our kid. I was over six foot. Leggy. A giraffe, as I finished up being called.”

Big Jack becomes the boss

Of all the England World Cup winners to go into management, Jack Charlton was easily the most successful.

He had brief but impressive spells at north-east clubs Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle before being hired by Ireland in 1986 as its first foreign coach.

Adopting a direct, physical and attack-minded style, Charlton got the best out of Ireland’s hard-working players and guided them to three major tournaments, including the 1990 World Cup where the Irish reached the quarterfinals. Ireland also played at Euro 1988 and the 1994 World Cup under Charlton.

A black and white photo of Jack Charlton, who is wearing a nice suit, smiling while holding a trophy
In 1967, Jack Charlton was named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.(AP)

“You get the ball forward, you compete, you close people down, you create excitement, you win balls when you shouldn’t win balls, commit yourself to the game,” Charlton said of Ireland’s style.

“A lot of the pundits didn’t like it but the teams we played against hated it. They’d never experienced anything like what we were dictating to them … We were a match for anybody in the world.”

Charlton said his best memory as Ireland coach was beating Brazil 1-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road in 1987. He resigned in 1995 after losing in a Euro 1996 playoff to the Netherlands.

He was awarded honorary Irish citizenship a year later. A life-size statue of him was erected at Cork Airport, depicting him wearing fishing gear and holding a salmon — recalling Charlton’s favourite pastime of fishing.

An old photo of Bobby Charlton, in his Manchester United kit, and Jack Charlton, in his Leeds kit, running after the ball
Jack (left) spent much of his career playing second fiddle to his brother Bobby (right).(AP)

“I am as much Irish as I am English,” Charlton, who was given the freedom of Dublin, said.

Born May 8, 1935, in a gritty area of northern England, Charlton worked down the mines as a teenager before going for a trial at Leeds. He grew up in a footballing family, cousin to Newcastle great Jackie Milburn while his uncles Jack, George, Jimmy and Stan all played professionally.

“It left me no choice but to be a footballer,” Charlton said.


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Winner purchased ticket in Dromana

If you purchased a lotto ticket from Dromana Authorised Newsagency in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula then it’s time to check your numbers.

More information has been released in a bid to track down Thursday night’s Powerball draw mystery winner, who is yet to come forward and claim their $80 million lottery prize.

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

The mystery winner held the only division one winning entry across Australia in Powerball draw 1260.

But because the winning entry was not registered to a Tatts Card, lottery officials have no way of contacting them to share the news.

It’s the single biggest lottery win in Victoria and the third biggest in Australia ever in Australia.

It’s also the second time this year that the $80 million Powerball prize has been won, with a man from Port Macquarie winning the same prize money back in March.

Dromana Authorised Newsagency owner Paul Fancett said he was ”absolutely thrilled” to have sold the winning $80 million ticket.

“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,” he said in a statement.

“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.”

There can be several reasons why a lotto winner may not come forward to claim their prize money, according to the Lott spokeswoman Bronwyn Spencer.

“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.”

The $80 million Powerball winner comes after a record $50 million Oz Lotto win on Tuesday, which took two days to be claimed.
A North Sydney winner claimed the jackpot after purchasing the ticket from Inlet Newsagency on the NSW south coast.

Incredibly it had been the first lotto ticket she had ever bought and had purchased the winner while on holidays.

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

“We’ve been on holidays in Sussex Inlet and my friend called me just before and said to me ‘I think the newsagency you bought your Oz Lotto ticket from sold the $50 million winning entry’,:” she said.

“So I jumped online and checked my ticket.

“I can’t believe it. I’m shaking. Jesus Christ. This is incredible!

“Oh my god. I’m shocked, so shocked.

“My heart is beating so hard, I’m pacing around.

“I feel like I could have a heart attack!”

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

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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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