Powerball jackpots to equal record $100m
Powerball's top prize has soared to a record $100 million for the second time in six months after last night's jackpot went unwon.
It equals the largest prize offered in the game's 23-year history.
The jackpot comes after last night's draw was delayed by technical issues as a result of the huge number of entries, organisers said.
The division one prize of $80 million prompted millions of games to be entered late ahead of the 7.30pm AEDT cut-off.
While the draw normally takes place at 8.30pm, yesterday the results weren't available until almost 11pm.
And whilst the top prize went unclaimed, Powerball said 2,467,864 entries shared in $44.1 million in winnings.
Among last night's victors were 15 division two-winning entries, each taking home $81,533.30.
The winning numbers are 3, 10, 7, 28, 34, 24, 31 and the powerball 14.
The Lott spokesman Matt Hart said next Thursday's draw had the potential to set a new record of its own.
"If one single entry takes home the entire $100 million jackpot next week it would be the biggest Australian lottery prize ever won by a single entry," he said.
"The current record is held by a Hervey Bay couple who won $70 million in January 2016. Before their life-changing windfall, the winners confessed to never having won anything more than a chook raffle.
"While we hope that next week is the week these lottery records are broken, it’s hard to know just how high the jackpot will go if the Powerball winning numbers don’t come up for Australian lottery players."
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