The purchases that lotto winners have splurged on range from conservative to kooky, and The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said they give fascinating insight into the nation’s biggest winners.
Now, Australians will have until Powerball draw 1424 closes at 7.30pm AEST on Thursday to dream up how they’ll spend the $40 million up for grabs, before checking back for the winning numbers here.
So far in 2023, there have been 11 division one-winning entries in Powerball that have collectively taken home more than $354 million in prize money.
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There have been five division one wins in NSW, two each in Victoria and South Australia, and one each in Queensland and Western Australia.
Up to one in seven Aussie adults chasing the multi million-dollar jackpot are expected to have an entry in the draw.
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Hart said that when it came to winners spending previous jackpot prizes, “apart from the usual things you might expect like holidays, buying a home, and investing in the future,” there have also been some heart-warming uses of the lotto loot.
“Definitely helping family and friends has been key,” he said.
“You really get a sense of which people matter in people’s lives (when they win). They want to pay off Mum’s house, they want to take Grandma on a cruise.”
“There’s also been a lot of fun purchases as well — someone wanted to upgrade their wedding rings.
“Someone wanted to buy a pinball machine that they loved when they were a kid.”
Some prefer a more lavish purchase, like the Sydney man who won $30 million in April and, after claiming he’d set up his family for life, vowed to purchase his childhood dream car — a Lamborghini.
“That’s my dream car. I’ve wanted that car since I was a kid,” he said.
The purchases that lotto winners have splurged on range from conservative to kooky. Credit: TheLott
A two-time winner from Kingsgrove told The Lott that after saving her first $60,000 win from 2021, she would be using her second $4.3 million win in August, 2023, on a trip to Ireland and Bora Bora.
A WA couple said after their $1.3 million July win that they would take their foot off the gas at work, and donate some money to charity after travelling around Australia.
A February winner of $10 million said he would spend his jackpot winnings on retiring, moving to Queensland, and living the rest of his life in “the place where he feels happiest”.
While some spend their whole lives dreaming about how they would spend a lottery jackpot, others turn that dream into a reality — like one lucky entrant who said the idea to get her $1 million winning ticket on Saturday came to her in her sleep.
“I had a dream we came into money, so I decided to buy a lotto ticket,” she told Lotterywest.
“It was just me and the dog when I was having a cup of coffee before work as I checked the ticket.”
If you’re concerned about your gambling or the gambling of a friend or family member, log on to Gambling Help Online or make contact via phone on 1800 858 858.
You can access online counselling as well as services in your state or territory and support for family and friends.
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