In July 2009 two players of one of the global lotteries shared a total jackpot of Aus$106 million. The huge jackpot in the Australian Oz Lotto drew record numbers of players with Aus$210 million of tickets purchased.
The original jackpot was Aus$90 million but the huge number of purchases pushed this figure higher. The total prize money for the whole lottery was Aus$177 million.
The two players who drew the winning lottery number lived at opposite ends of the country – one in Queensland and one in Adelaide – and received Aus$53 million each.
The gentleman in Adelaide was in his 40s and had played regularly for 20 years. He asked an official from the lottery how much he had won, believing it to be in the region of Aus$2 or 3 million. Fortunately he has been able to stay anonymous and is hopefully leading a very happy life now.
The odds of such a win in the Oz Lotto are 1 in 45 million but then someone has to win. There is a second Australian lottery, the Powerball, and the odds in this are 1 in 54 million.
The development of the Internet means that anyone in the world can play these global lotteries. You can on either theLotter.com or Wintrillions.com.
The jackpot for the next Australian Powerball lottery currently stands at Aus$30 million and Aus$20 million for the Oz Lotto.
Every Thursday evening the Australian Powerball lucky lottery is drawn at 20.40 local time, live on Queensland’s Channel 7 television.
The first prize lottery winner (termed the first division prize) will win a guaranteed Aus$3 million but this can increase with the largest single payout recorded at Aus$80 million. Last week one couple won Aus$10 million with their lucky lottery ticket.
To play you simply choose five out of 45 numbers on your lottery ticket and then select a single ‘Powerball’ number from the last panel, also of 45 numbers. You can take advantage of the ‘Quickpick’ option when your numbers are randomly selected for you: this is especially useful if you are like me and unable to decide on the numbers you want for your lottery ticket!
To be a lucky lottery winner of the first division payout the chances stand at 1 in 54 979 156, however, as with most lotteries, there are many lower prizes available for lucky lottery players. The odds of your lottery ticket winning one of the sixth or seventh division prizes for example are 1 in 160 and 1 in 556 respectively.
This week’s Powerball jackpot presently stands at Aus$10 million. To find out more about the Powerball lucky lottery, go to the official website.
The Australian Powerball lucky lottery can be played from the Lotter.