In between each Powerball draw, the iconic lottery balls are locked away under high-security, and regularly undergo “rigorous” testing and maintenance.
It might seem pedantic, but the behind-the-scenes bother can mean the difference between a lowly lot and a life of luxury for lottery players — and this Thursday, it’s an eye-watering $150 million that entrants will be gunning for.
The jackpot prize for draw 1445 skyrocketed after no division one winning entrants emerged in last Thursday’s $100 million game.
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It makes this week’s prize the second-largest ever offered in the nation’s lottery game, trailing just behind a $160 million jackpot offered in October 2022.
But before the balls are emptied into their spinning cage, they will be carefully examined by experts at the National Measurement Institute, the same authority responsible for the legal measurements used across trades and food safety.
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“The lottery balls must weigh within the same small range,” The Lott’s head of draw conduct Geoff Hackney said.
“We’re provided a report by the institute that confirms the weight of each ball to within one thousandth of a gram.”
The process is the same for each set of balls used for the varying games run by The Lott, and ensures that each ball has as much chance as the next to be pulled in the draw.
Oz Lotto balls undergo rigorous testing at the National Measurement Institute to ensure each has an equal chance of being drawn. Credit: The Lott
They are carefully transported to the institute in foam-packed briefcases, and washed and weighed, before they are returned to a storage space which is under the supervision of government regulators.
“Our team works closely with government regulators who are responsible for providing supervised access to the draw equipment,” Hackney said.
So, even if there is just the slimmest chance of winning the $150 million prize, hopeful entrants dreaming of luxury can at least resign themselves to the fact that the winner will have won fair and square.
“The thrill of not knowing whose life we might change is what makes our job truly special. The studio is always abuzz as the balls tumble in each draw,” Hackney said.
Thursday’s draw will be hosted at Channel Seven studios in Mount Coot-Tha at 8.30pm AEDT, an hour after entries close at 7.30pm AEDT.
The winning numbers will be revealed here.