Powerball has surged to $50m ahead of Thursday’s draw, with up to one in six Australians expected to buy a ticket.
So far this year, more than $440m has been won by 15 Powerball division one winners across Australia.
It is the fourth biggest jackpot offered by an Australian lottery game so far this year and the biggest Powerball jackpot in three months.
“There have already been more Powerball division one wins so far in 2022 than there were during 2019, 2020 or 2021,” The Lott spokesman Matt Hart said.
Of this year’s 15 division one Powerball wins, nine have been in NSW, three in Victoria and one each in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
“Australia’s biggest lottery winner of 2022 so far is a Coffs Harbour man who wanted to park a new red sports car in the garage of a new house after we confirmed he’d won more than $63.3 million in a February Powerball draw,” Mr Hart said.
While every entry has the same chance of winning the prize, The Lott has revealed some winning trends that have emerged.
Two-thirds of this year’s Powerball division one winning entries have been Quick Picks – where the lottery terminal randomly chooses the numbers for you, while a quarter have been PowerHit entries that guarantee the Powerball number.
The most frequently drawn winning numbers from the main barrel are 17, 9, 2 and 7, while the least frequently drawn are 33, 31, 34 and 6.
The most frequently drawn Powerball number is 19, while the least frequently drawn Powerball number is 18.
Last week’s $50m Oz Lotto win went unclaimed for several days. Mr Hart reminds players to register their entry to a player card or online account.
“If you win the jackpot, you’ll want to know immediately. By registering your entry, we’ll be able to reach out to you straight after the draw to confirm the life-changing news,” he said.