Thursday night’s Powerball draw carried a $100m jackpot – the game’s biggest prize since 2019 and only the fourth time the prize has topped nine digits in the game’s 26-year history.
But as no one won Division 1, $160m will be up for grabs next week – the biggest lotto jackpot in Australian history.
> Powerball draw 1379 winning numbers 6, 11, 14, 17, 24, 25, 33 | Powerball: 18
This article is unlocked and free to read. Get full digital access to trusted news from The Advertiser and Messenger with our great introductory offer.
Up to half of all adult Australians were expected to get a ticket for Thursday night’s draw and a similar number will be hoping for a life-changing win next week.
The major prize has now jackpotted for five weeks in a row but $75.2m in prizes were still handed out in draw 1379, including 15 Division 2 winners who will each receive more than $139,000.
“On the last ($100m jackpot) in September 2019, the peak of sales was at 7.22pm on the day of the draw when more than 7800 tickets were sold in a single minute – that was just minutes before the draw’s close,” said The Lott’s James Eddy.
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.
On September 8, a South Australian mum from Snowtown scooped the last major Powerball jackpot, worth $40m.
And at the start of this month a Victorian player won $50m in Oz Lotto – a Cranbourne mum who said it left her “shaking like a leaf”.
Before that, a Powerball draw in June gave the sole winner from Canberra a prize exceeding $60.7m.
If you didn’t strike it big don’t be disheartened, the odds of winning the Powerball division one jackpot with a single game are a mere one in 134,490,400.
But this list of Australia’s 10 biggest lotto winners of all time shows that sometimes incredible good fortune does strike.
In 2019, a Sydney nurse became Australia’s current individual lottery record-holder when she won $107,575,649.
A $150m Powerball jackpot in 2019 was the biggest in Australian history, but it was shared among three winners.
Powerball is drawn from two barrels. Seven numbers are drawn from the main barrel with balls numbered 1-35, and one Powerball is drawn from a pool of numbers 1-20.
You can cut your odds by buying a PowerHit entry, which guarantees you get the Powerball number, but that of course costs a lot more for a ticket.
If you’re a superstitious punter, we can reveal Adelaide’s luckiest lottery ticket sellers over the past few years.
Originally published as Powerball $100m jackpot draw 1379: Get the winning numbers here