UPDATE: The $150 million winning Powerball numbers you need to know
A whopping $150 million is up for grabs in Powerball draw 1445 on Thursday, marking one of the biggest prizes offered in Australia.
The current jackpot, to be drawn on Thursday evening, is the second-biggest the nation has ever seen and follows five weeks of no division one winners.
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The Lott expects up to half of Australian adults to enter Thursday’s Powerball draw with demand for tickets skyrocketing.
“It’s undeniable that the idea of winning a slice of the $150 million Division One prize will captivate the minds of many Australians this week as anticipation and excitement builds,” Anna Hobdell, a spokesperson for The Lott, said.
“We expect a surge in lottery outlets and online as we approach Thursday night’s multi-million-dollar draw, with up to half of Australian adults expected to have an entry into the draw.”
But exactly what happens if you take home the division one jackpot — and how long does it take for lottery officials to phone you about your win?
The Lott has revealed how long winners have to wait before receiving a phone call about their win. Credit: The Lott
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If you’re a registered user and your prize is more than $40 million, a representative from The Lott will phone you “immediately after the draw” to take you through the prize claim process.
However if you’re not a registered player and you’re holding a winning ticket, lottery officials will not be able to contact you.
In this case, you need to call The Lott on 131 868 to start the process of claiming your millions.
After contact has been made, winners have to wait two weeks before the cash is transferred into their accounts.
What happens if you win Division One?
A representative from The Lott will call you immediately with the good news using the contact number listed in your account.The Lott will send a letter to confirm your Division One Powerball win — as well as some “congratulatory goodies” to celebrate your win.The Lott says you’ll then have to wait two weeks to receive your winnings. “You’ll have a two-week provisional period to plan what you’re going to do with your life-changing prize,” The Lott says.The prize will then be paid into your online account so you can then withdraw the millions to a bank account of your choice.
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.