One mystery winner of $40m jackpot
Two lucky Aussies have won $40 million each in the Powerball $80 million draw, after up to one in four adults were expected to grab an entry.
One winner, a retiree from Campbelltown in New South Wales, "refuses to believe" she has won $40 million, but news.com.au understands "one winner is refusing to answer their phone so may not have discovered their $40 million news".
The $80 million draw is the biggest prize offered by any Australian lottery game so far this year.
The Lott spokesperson Lauren Cooney told news.com.au: "While both entries were registered to a player card, officials from The Lott could only make contact with one of the winners this evening".
"Two Sydneysiders are having a winning end to the working week, but first one of them needs to accept they've won, and the other needs to answer their phone - we promise it's worth it," she said.
"There are 40 million reasons why all Powerball players who purchased an entry into this week's Powerball draw from a NSW Lotteries outlet in the City of Fairfield should check their ticket immediately."
They said Thursday's draw was only the eighth time Powerball had soared to this height in its 25 year history.
The unkown Sydney division one winner purchased their ticket from a NSW Lotteries outlet in the City of Fairfield region.
THE WINNING NUMBERS ARE: 35, 26, 10, 17, 31, 19, 21.
The retiree was understandably shocked when she picked up the phone.
"I don't believe it!" she declared.
"No! No! Wow! I can't believe it.
"My grandson told me earlier this week, 'Grandma's going to win the lotto' and that's why I bought a ticket.
"I'm a bit gobsmacked. I'm in shock. I can't believe it.
"I've been playing for a long time. But you never think this is going to happen to you."
Last year, on both occasions of the $80 million Powerball draws, a single entry won the huge jackpot.
"In March last year, a farmer from the Port Macquarie region pocketed an $80 million prize," The Lott explained.
"Having battled drought and then bushfires in recent years, the Powerball winner saw the windfall as a welcomed change of fortune. High on his shopping list was a new satellite television so he could enjoy more channels."
Then in July 2020, four days after the draw itself, a Melbourne couple discovered they'd won $80 million - making them the happy owners of Victoria's biggest ever lottery prize, he added.
"The only Australians who have won more than $80 million from an Australian lottery game are a Sydney mum who won a $107 million Powerball prize in 2019 and a Chatswood dad who won $96 million in Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot the same year," he said.
In 2021, there have been four Powerball division one winners so far who have collectively won $120 million. Two of these winners were from Queensland, while the other two were from New South Wales.
Originally published as Massive $80 million up for grabs in lotto