Thursday night’s Powerball draw carries a $50 million jackpot — and that whopping sum is only the sixth-biggest lottery jackpot of 2022.
So far this year, 19 Powerball Division 1 winners have collectively taken home more than $664 million in prize money.
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The top prize has now been jackpotted three weeks in a row after a NSW player pocketed $50 million on November 24th.
He was just the latest in a wave of big-money Powerball winners this year, including two people who each won $63.3 million in February, a Canberra man who won $60.7 million in June Dollars, a mother from Snowtown, SA who bagged $40 million in September and three winners who each shared $53.3 million in the record-breaking $160 million jackpot in October.
“There have already been more Powerball Division 1 wins in 2022 than in any of the last three years,” said The Lott’s Matt Hart.
“NSW players have enjoyed an excellent 2022, averaging more than half of Powerball Division 1 wins so far. We also saw four wins in Victoria, two in Western Australia and one each in Queensland and South Australia.”
If you haven’t made it big, don’t be discouraged, the odds of winning the Powerball Division 1 jackpot in a single game are only 1 in 134,490,400.
But this list of Australia’s 10 biggest lottery winners of all time shows that sometimes incredible luck strikes.
In 2019, a Sydney nurse became Australia’s current singles lottery record holder by winning $107,575,649.
Powerball is drawn from two barrels. Seven numbers are drawn from the main barrel of balls numbered 1-35 and a Powerball is drawn from a pool of numbers 1-20.
You can lower your chances by buying a PowerHit entry, which is guaranteed to give you the Powerball number, but of course that costs a lot more for a ticket.
If you’re a superstitious player, we can unveil the luckiest lottery ticket sellers in Adelaide in recent years.
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