POWERBALL has jackpotted to a whopping $80 million after nobody claimed the big prize on Thursday night for the sixth week in a row.
The Lott confirmed late last night that there were no tickets holding the lucky seven winning numbers and the all-important Powerball number needed to deliver the division one prize of $60 million.
However, there were 1,276,885 prizes worth more than $22.22 million were won in divisions two to nine. This included four division two winners who, while one number away from a multi-million-dollar win, each took home $153,796.20.
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Next week’s $80 million draw is only the fourth time in the game’s 24-year history that a jackpot of this size has been up for grabs.
If one person takes home the win it will be the first time an individual has claimed a Powerball prize of that size all to themselves.
The Lott spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer said officials were eagerly anticipating next Thursday’s draw for the chance to break the mind-blowing news to one or more division one winners.
“We absolutely love making these life-changing phone calls and we had been looking forward to crowing a winner tonight, but it wasn’t meant to be,” she said.
“We love hearing the screams of joy, the stunned silence and the nervous laughter of our newest multi-millionaires. It’s a thrill to be the one who makes the heart-stopping phone call.
“It’s a nerve-racking wait as we listen to the dial tone and we have goosebumps of anticipation until we hear someone answer. It’s an adrenaline rush that can’t be beaten.
“While we didn’t get to make that phone call this evening, we will be standing by next Thursday to try again. So make sure you get an entry for your chance to be on the other end of that phone call.”