The largest Australian Powerball jackpot of the year was given away on Thursday night as three lucky winners split a First Division prize of AU$70 million. Only once has the jackpot ever climbed higher, when two players shared AU$80 million back in 2009, but the chances of a new record being set were dashed as fans of the game bought tickets in droves.
The winning numbers were 1, 3, 15, 19, 26 and 35 with Powerball 18, as a run of six rollovers came to an end. The winning tickets were sold in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, although two of them were purchased without registered Players Club cards. Tatts Lotteries has urged anyone who played at either the Oaks Flats Newsagency in Illawarra or Toshâ€™s Convenience Store in Ayr, north Queensland, to check their tickets.
The third ticket was bought at Nextra Riverton in Western Australia and extends a great run of success for players from the state. Lotterywest chief executive Paul Andrew said in The West Australian: â€œItâ€™s been a record breaking year for WA Lotto winners and weâ€™re absolutely thrilled with tonightâ€™s results and that weâ€™ve managed to add another jackpot winner to our already long list.â€
Lotterywest had estimated in the build-up to the draw that more than 1,000 tickets would be sold every minute during the busiest hour of sales, and the increased interest certainly reaped rewards for many players across the eight different prize tiers. The jackpot will now reset to AU$3 million for next Thursdayâ€™s draw, giving players another chance to win big.