Melbourne Dad Wins $80 Million Powerball Jackpot

Amazing news for a North Melbourne dad who is most certainly breaking out the champers with his family after discovering they are $80 million richer!

The middle-aged man, who recently lost his job due to Victoria’s multiple lockdowns, is Australia’s third-biggest lottery prize winner in history. Noice.

Melbourne father cleans up in lotto

The father was recently working as a cleaner to make ends meet and support his family during the pandemic. He had only just bought a home so losing his job was incredibly difficult and something he didn’t see coming.

“Like for so many people, these lockdowns have been really tough for our family. But I’ve always said, you’ve just gotta keep trying. Now, look what’s happened,” the man told The Lott.

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His winning numbers were 17, 10, 4, 26, 19, 23, 21 and the Powerball was 7. There was only a one in 134 million chance of picking the right combo of numbers but he did it!

What next?

First things first, the family man plans to pay off his mortgage and other bills then set his kids up for life. No word on whether he will be giving up his temporary job as a cleaner.

May the odds be in your favour

The likelihood of actually winning the lotto is incredibly low. For example, you’re more likely to become pregnant with quintuplets, which comes with a one in 55 million chance which is more than double the odds of winning the jackpot.

The odds of winning division one in Powerball with a standard 12-game QuickPick were one in 11.2 million, according to The Lott.

Numbers most likely to win

If we knew this, we would be a lot richer than we are now. But here’s what we do know.

Every number in Powerball has an equal chance of being drawn. However, some numbers seem to be drawn more often than others. These are known as “hot” and “cold” numbers.

The Lott’s Matt Hart revealed the “hot” and “cold” numbers from the last three years.

  • Hot: 17, 7, 19 and 3
  • Cold: 34, 15, 18 and 8

So, who will be playing Powerball next Thursday?

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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