UPDATE at 1:30 PM on SATURDAY | THE search continues for the winner of Tasmania’s largest ever division one lotto prize.
Someone, somewhere in or around the town of Sorell, northeast of Hobart, purchased a $30 million ticket and they don’t even know it.
The mystery winner holds the only division one winning entry in Thursday night’s Powerball draw.
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The ticket was sold at Sorell Hub Lotto in the Sorell Plaza but it wasn’t registered so Tatts officials have been unable to contact the winner.
Tatts spokesperson Bronnie Spencer is urging all residents or visitors from Sorell and the surrounding region who purchased an entry in Thursday night’s Powerball draw to check their entry.
“The mystery winner could be walking around with the winning entry in their back pocket and not even know it!” she exclaimed.
“In previous cases of unregistered winners coming forward to claim their prize, they have revealed their tickets were found in the most likely of places.
“Once winner confessed to having the winning ticket in his back pocket the whole time while another revealed it had been stuck on the fridge for days before someone checked it.
“Most recently, one winner came forward after a family member nagged her to check her tickets so make sure you encourage all friends and family to check theirs too!
“Players can check their tickets online at thelott.com, via our app or in store to see if they hold the winning numbers.
“If you discover you are the winner we are searching for make sure you hold on tight to that ticket and phone 131 868 as soon as possible so that we can start the prize claim process!”
Ms Spencer also reminded players of the importance of registering their tickets to a Tatts card.
“We encourage all of our players to register their entries to a players card,” she said.
“Not only does it ensure we can call you with the life-changing news but it also means the prize is secure and should anything happen to that all important ticket, the prize can still be paid.”
So far this calendar year, Powerball has created 14 millionaires across Australia.
The winning numbers in Powerball’s $30 million draw 1166 on Thursday 20 September 2018 were 20, 6, 30, 17, 8, 10 and 2. While the all-important Powerball number was 8.
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Tatts officials said the winning entry was not registered to a Tatts card so the identity of the ticketholder remains a mystery.
They did however reveal that they had narrowed down the search to Hobart and its surrounding region, and urged all residents or visitors to check their entry as soon as possible.
“We can’t wait to confirm the incredible news with our mystery winner and unite them with their prize!” Tatts spokesperson Bronnie Spencer said.
“The mystery winner could be walking around with the winning entry in their back pocket and not even know it!
“That’s why we are encouraging all players to check their ticket either online, via the Lott app or in an official Tatts outlet to see if it could be them.”
It comes after someone in New South Wales, who is yet to discover their life-changing news, won the entire $30 million jackpot in Oz Lotto draw 1282 on Tuesday 11 September .
Ten days on, officials are still searching for the mystery winner, with NSW Lotteries urging anyone who purchased an Oz Lotto entry from Pacific Square News in Maroubra to check their ticket as soon as possible.