A lucky Western Australian (WA) has emerged as the only division one winner in entire $80 million Powerball draw, walking away with the whole jackpot prize after a six-week run.
Lotterywest confirmed that a single WA ticket holder took out the entire $80 million — in what is set to be the biggest early Christmas present ever.
It’s the equal-biggest prize won from any Australian lottery game so far this year and would be the third-biggest individual winner ever if not part of a syndicate, according to lottery operators.
Thursday night’s big winner is not quite a record breaker in terms of individual wins in Australia however, which remains $107m claimed by a punter in Sydney in January 2017.
The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1333 on Thursday, December 2, were 27, 30, 4, 5, 33, 26 and 19 and the Powerball was 8.
Even though one Western Australian snagged tonight’s prize, The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said it was still a good idea for entry holders into tonight’s draw to check their tickets.
“After scoring the entire $80 million jackpot, the Western Australia player has officially secured their name in the Australian lottery books and shares the title of the nation’s third-biggest individual lottery winner,” he said.
“You may not have been the one that won division one tonight, but there was a total of 2.5 million prizes worth more than $45.14 million won in divisions two to nine in tonight’s draw.
“Among those winners were 14 division two winners, who each take home a prize worth $89,207.70.
“This was the third $80 million Powerball draw of 2021. In April this year, two New South Wales players shared the $80 million jackpot walking away with $40 million each.
“And then in August, a North Melbourne dad scooped up $80 million when he held the only division one winning entry in that draw. He officially became Victoria’s biggest lottery winner and the country’s third biggest winner.”
Though not as significant as the division one win, there were also a number of other Western winners claiming some prizes.
One WA winner scooped $89,207 with seven winning numbers, to claim one of 14 division two wins.
And 25 players more in the State claimed a handy $5374 in division three prizes.
“We’ve re-written the history books for WA Lotto tonight with this incredible result,” acting CEO Jeremy Hubble said. “It also contributes to a fast-growing tally of Division One winners across the State in 2021 which has reached 64,” he added.