The record-breaking $160 million Powerball drawing took place – and here are the winning numbers.
They were: 10, 4, 12, 18, 2, 34, 7 and the Powerball was 7.
Three lucky Australians matched all the numbers and will share the jackpot, taking home $53,333,333.34 each.
Lott has now found all three Division 1 winners after a desperate 12-hour search to track down the remaining NSW ticket holder.
An unsuspecting Sydney parent was found this morning unaware that lottery officials were looking for a mystery multi-millionaire in the region.
The Penrith local didn’t believe the news at first.
“Really? Are you sure? Holy crap! It’s amazing!” he told a Lott official who confirmed his life-changing victory.
“I said to my family, ‘I think I could win the first division’, but nobody believed me.
“Tell you what, now they believe me.”
The man who bought the winning work at TSG Cranebrook said his family’s life changed “in a second”.
“It hasn’t been easy for us lately, so it’s just unbelievable,” he said.
“Come to think of it, I almost missed out on the raffle. I had to rush out and grab one yesterday before the giveaway closed.”
“It means so much to me. I can finally buy a house for my family, my kids can have everything they want for Christmas, and we’re safe and set for life.”
“Another of the three winners, a laborer from Clyde, south-east of Melbourne, broke down in tears when he was told he had won.
“”Holy shit! Holy shit!” he told Lott authorities when contacted about the winnings.
“Far! I have completely lost the gift of language.
“I never thought I would get a call. It changed my life!
“I can’t wait to tell my family!”
“My family is ready! My grandson wanted a dog for Christmas and I was trying to arrange that for him. Now he can have all the dogs in the world!”
As far as work goes, he’s done.
“I finished my work. I’m getting out of here, mate. Pension is calling,” he said.
“It’s absolutely stunning.
“I think I’m in shock, but it’s unbelievable.”
One of the other winners may not even know they’re $53 million richer.
The lucky ticket holder, from Penrith in Sydney’s west, has yet to come forward or register, meaning lottery officials do not know his identity.
“Just imagine how more than $53 million can change your life and the lives of your family and friends. We can’t wait for them to hear this incredible news,” said Lott spokesman James Eddy.
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The second winner lives in Western Australia.
It also appears that ‘7’ is the number to watch out for lottery fans following last night’s historic draw.
Although statistically one of the most common numbers to fall, two 7s came out last night – including the elusive Powerball.
Half of Australian adults were thought to have had a life-changing ticket last night.
For a full breakdown of the prizes, Click here.
Thursday’s $160 million Powerball draw became the biggest prize ever offered in the Australian lottery after winning the first division had eluded players for the past five draws.
The jackpot surpassed the previous record of $150 million, which was eventually split between the three winners in 2019.
The outrageous sum is so attractive that lottery officials expected half of Australian adults to buy a ticket.
“Although Australian lotteries have been around for more than a century, there have only been nine draws that have offered jackpots of $100 million or more, and this Thursday’s draw is the largest ever,” Lott spokesman Matt Hart said.
“If even one person takes home that $160 million prize Thursday night, they’ll make history as the nation’s biggest individual lottery winner.
“Even though we’ve never had a $160 million Powerball drawing before, we can expect it to get busier and busier at lottery locations and online in the run-up to Thursday night’s drawing.”
What are the odds of winning?
Firstly, to take home a Division 1 win, you will need to get the numbers. All seven and Powerball.
And on that front, the odds are 1 in 134,490,400.
Winning Division 2, when all seven numbers are needed and there is no Powerball, is slightly more attainable, with odds of 1 to 7,078,443.
Do you live in a lotto hot spot?
So far in FY22, the 16 Powerball winners in the first division have taken home $681.7 million.
Of these, seven were in NSW, four in Victoria, three in Queensland and two in Western Australia.
In the 12 months ended June 30, the 532 first division winners in all lottery games shared more than $1.62 billion, according to data processed by lottery authorities.
Victoria was the hottest state, with 153 winners taking home $467 million. It is noteworthy that the state has taken first place for the sixth year in a row.
NSW and the ACT were not far behind, with 141 division one winners collecting $464.8 million.
Data from Lott and Lotterywest also showed suburbs with outlets that sold the most winning Division One entries.
Four Division 1 winners were sold in the Frankston area.
Three each were sold in Port Macquarie, Bundaberg/North Bundaberg, Rural View/Slade Point and Adelaide.
In Tasmania, two winning Division One tickets were sold in the Launceston/Newstead area and a single winning Northern Territory Division One ticket was sold in a shop in the Berrim area.
The lucky region of Western Australia south of Perth, which covers Hamilton Hill, Youngebub and Spearwood, had five first division wins.
When it comes to Powerball, the most common numbers from 1 to 25 include 17, 9, and 2.
And the numbers that seem to hint at the draw are 33, 31, 34, and 6.
What would you do?
We all thought about it – would you continue to work? What would you spend the money on first? Do you keep it a secret or sing it from the rooftops?
In 2019, a Sydney nurse in her 40s took home the nation’s biggest single lottery win of $107 million.
She decided to stay on the job, immediately seeking financial advice to make sure her huge instant wealth was in safe hands.
She was also very careful about whom to tell about her incredible victory.
“Take the time to think about who you might tell before you start sharing the news with your family and friends, and let the story hit the headlines first,” she said.
“If this news has a negative impact on the relationship, then it’s probably time for the relationship to end anyway, and that’s quite natural.
“To be honest, everyone we told was in tears; real, happy tears.”
The North Melbourne dad, who won last year’s $80 million Powerball while in the middle of his sixth quarantine, has had plenty of time to reflect on his newfound wealth.
The top priority for the man who was laid off from his cleaning job during the pandemic was to wipe out his mortgage and set his kids up for life.
“I certainly want to pay off the mortgage and other bills that we have to start with,” he said.
“We’re going to set our kids up for life. That would be an incredible thing to do.
“I will try to help everyone.”
Originally published as ‘Holy shit’: Mystery $53m lottery winner says he’s set for life