Whopping $60m jackpot up for grabs

It would be the third biggest jackpot by any Australian lottery game so far this year after four unsuccessful draws surged the winnings up from $4m.NSW players have scored five of the year’s nine Powerball division one wins to date. Australia’s biggest lottery winner this year so far is a Coffs Harbour man who wanted to park a new red sports car in the garage of a new house after he won more than $63.3 million in February. Ahead of Thursday night’s major draw, The Lott have shared a cheat code to the Powerball.The most frequently drawn winning numbers from the main barrel are 17, 7, 2 and 9, while the least frequently drawn are 31, 6, 33 and 34. The most frequently drawn Powerball number is 19, while the least frequently drawn Powerball number is 18.While these trends might seem unfair, The Lott spokesman Matt Hart said the lottery is a highly-regulated game.“It’s a bit like something you might see in a Bond film, actually,” Mr Hart said. “There’s a room and two key locks. So someone from the government and someone from our team needs to be there to unlock the door” “Even the ball sets themselves are regularly washed and also weighed by the people at the National Measurement Institute just to make sure that every ball is the same weight.”Despite such rigorous methods, there are some lucky people who have taken home multiple division 1 prizes. “I would say one or two times a year, we get someone who says they’ve won before,” Mr Hart said. Last year, there were 533 division one winning entries in all lottery games across Australia that delivered more than $1.5 billion in division one prize money.Just under half of winners used their prize to help family and friends, while more than a fifth donated to charity.Around 4 per cent of winners shared the news with “most people who knew them” while 6 per cent shared the news with “absolutely no one”.Meaning there are roughly 30 lottery winners among the Australian population that have not revealed themselves.The draw closes at 7.30pm AEST on Thursday.

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