Two division one winners this year have won a combined $140 million, with up to one-in-10 Australians expected throw their hat in the ring for the massive prize.
“The majority of our stores are still operating under strict social distancing guidelines and for those who would like the convenience of purchasing from home they can grab an entry online via our website or the Lott app,” spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer said.
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The winner of the last $20 million figure in March last year relied on a serendipitous method to pick his lucky numbers.
“I dreamt of these numbers a few years back and I’ve kept playing them on Powerball ever since and they finally came up,” the winner said at the time.
“I dreamt these numbers about 30 years ago. It was a very vivid dream and I saw every number in plain sight.
“So I thought I’d better play them on the lottery. I didn’t know which game to play but the amount of numbers I saw in the dream worked well with Powerball so I guess that dream paid off.”
Last month, a man from the Port Macquarie region who had been impacted by the drought and devastating bushfires pocketed the entire $80 million Powerball jackpot.
He said he was overwhelmed by the huge windfall and would spend his money on a new television, having always been left with poor reception and minimal access to stations.
“This is huge for my family,” he said.
“We’ve been through a rough trot. We’ve been battling the drought for years and were affected by the bushfires earlier this year.
“With so much going on in the world right now, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed!”
He said the strict social distancing measures wouldn’t dampen his celebrations.
“Actually, I’ve been socially isolating since I retired so I’m pretty good at it,” the New South Welshmen said.
No Australian had ever won an $80 million Powerball prize before, with previous jackpots of this prize being shared.
In addition to the $80 million division one prize, a total of 1,916,815 winners won more than $33.9 million in divisions two to nine. This included five division two winners, who each took home $188,293.35.
The draw closes at 7.30pm AEST tonight.