The Powerball prize is back to $3 million – but it’s still enough money to be life-changing for someone.
After last week’s massive $80 million prize was won by a syndicate of 55 West Australian women, the Powerball jackpot is back at base with $3 million up for grabs in this week’s draw.
So far in 2021, there have been 14 Powerball division one wins that have collected $550 million in prize money.
Seven of these wins were from NSW, four from Queensland, two from Victoria and one from Western Australia.
The Lott’s Matt Hart said any division one winner from this week’s Powerball draw would receive their multimillion-dollar prize just in time for Christmas.
“There’s a two-week provisional period for division one wins, so any Powerball division one winner on Thursday night would be paid their prize on Christmas Eve,” he said.
“Imagine how merry and bright your Christmas and New Year plans might be if you scored a massive Powerball win.
“There’s no doubt you could play by your own rules in 2021 if you were a newly minted Powerball multi-millionaire.”
Meanwhile, a group of 55 women from a Perth gym claimed last week’s $80 million Powerball jackpot.
The women from Curves, a ladies-only gym in Beldon, each put in $5 for their share of the winning ticket sold from Beaumaris News and Post in Ocean Reef.
The winner, who put the unofficial syndicate together, said she hadn’t organised a syndicate like this for years, but with $80 million on offer, decided to take a chance.
“A lot of the ladies at the gym are real Aussie battlers and come here as an outlet,” the winner said.
“We’re a real community and this is going to be life-changing for every single one of us.
“The future is looking so bright.”
In her 50s, the winner said she was at a Christmas dinner with some of the syndicate members when they found out.
“One of our husbands called to tell us we had won, and the minute we found out, it was pandemonium,” she said.
“I called over to the waiter and asked for their finest bottle of champagne.
“Christmas this year is going to be bigger, brighter and better than ever – it will be a very special time for all of us.”
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