The largest jackpot in Australian lottery history has been won, so make sure you check your tickets. According to various reports late last week. The most recent Powerball jackpot has been won and will be split between three lucky winners.
Unfortunately, a new record will not be set for an individual jackpot winner. The lucky Lottery players will still walk away with somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million each. This jackpot win hit just before the upcoming ticket price increase by The Lott.
Powerball Jackpot of $150 Million Won By Three Players
Last Thursday, the weekly Powerball lottery drawing was held. The prize on the line was a record $150 million. Ahead of the draw, The Lott spokesperson Lauren Cooney commented. She stated, “Ever since the Powerball jackpot soared to $150 million after last week’s jackpot eluded players, Aussies have wasted no time securing their chance to become the country’s biggest individual lottery winner.”
The numbers were finally revealed. The winning numbers were 26, 4, 17, 5, 18, 8, 31 and the Powerball 9. After the draw, The Lott revealed that three players hit the jackpot. They will share the $150 million top prize. Two of the winners are in Queensland and one in NSW.
Winners Will Be Short of Individual Record
The good news for the winners is that they will each receive around $50 million each. However, it is still a far cry from the top prize won earlier this year. Back on January 17, a Sydney healthcare worker won a record $107.57 million. The winner at first thought that she had won a smaller prize of just $107,000. But then, the winner was later floored when she realized she was set for life.
The Chatsworth dad then said he would take care of his family. Afterward, he plans to around the world with his winnings. That was the last call he would take at his job. He told The Lott representative, “I’m pretty sure I’ll quit. My endless lunch-break starts now!”
Lottery Ticket Prices Going Up
The Powerball jackpot is the last major jackpot hit before the price hike by The Lott on September 30. Tickets for Saturday Lotto, Powerball, and OZ Lotto are all going up. Price hikes will range from .10 to .60 per ticket set.
According to spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer, the funds from the increase will go toward The Lott’s Omni-Channel program. The Omni-Channel program will partner traditional sales at newsagents and corner stores with online digital purchases.
According to Spencer, “It aims to provide customers with a consistent and seamless shopping experience regardless of how they purchase — from shopping in a physical store, or online from a desktop or mobile device,
“Importantly this program is the result of months of consultation with retailers and key industry groups, including Australian Lotteries and Newsagents Association, Lottery Retailers Association and Victorian Association of Newsagents, to benefit both our customers and our retailers.
“It provides our retail network with a new performance-based remuneration model, a commission sharing model that allows outlets to receive a share in digital commission from customers who also purchase in their outlet, and access to commission on digital purchases by customers outlets have signed up themselves.”
If you haven’t checked your Powerball tickets, do so immediately so you don’t miss out on any potential prizes. Otherwise, good luck to your in future draws.