An estimated half of all Australian adults have flocked to newsagents across the country to pick up a Lotto ticket ahead of tonight’s $100 million Powerball draw.
While a very lucky few may get a share of the mammoth prize, one group of people who have already won are newsagent owners who have seen queues outside their shops all day.
Baljinder Singh, who runs Nextra newsagent Westfield Plaza, Parramatta, set the lunchtime record after spending $24,000.
But he still has a long way to go to beat his last-day high from last year when a man splurged $43,000 on a single lotto ticket.
The mum-of-four (pictured) says she will spend the money on care for her ailing husband, who suffered a heart attack last month.
Baljinder Singh (pictured, right), who runs Nextra News Agency Westfield Plaza, Parramatta with his wife Indu (left) and son Parul (centre) said he made $24,000 from lotto sales on Thursday lunchtime.
An estimated half of Australian adults bought a ticket for their chance to win the $100 million draw, with long queues outside newsagents.
‘It was a $90 million draw and we could have fainted when he showed us the cash,’ Mr Singh said.
‘He won $24,000 and came back the next day. Lott was calling us thinking something was shaky, but he had cash and it was legit. The next day he came back and spent another $33,000.’
Mr Singh, who runs a busy shop with his wife Indu and son Parul, felt lucky and bought a ticket too.
‘I’m as greedy as anyone,’ he admits. ‘If I sell to everyone, I should buy one too, right?’
Still, charity appeals to Mr. Singh, and if he wins, he will give much back to his fellow countrymen and women.
He said, ‘I am a community-minded person.
Prosper (pictured) said he would donate to charity and buy a house if he won
Raj (pictured) will split his winnings between charity and himself
‘I want to travel to Australia, but I will also give back to the community. This country is beautiful. They call our country down, but we are only one step away from heaven. So, if I win I will help fellow Australians.’
Mr Singh’s son Parul said he would reinvest in the family business – and book a secret trip abroad if his own numbers came in.
‘I’ll buy my dad some more newsagents to make him happy and set up, and then I can go to Hawaii, but dad doesn’t need to know about it,’ he joked.
A newsagent’s staff near Granville has never displayed such a humble work ethic in the face of unimaginable wealth.
Pom dream: Pete, who is originally from England, said he would immediately buy his childhood home and book a one-way ticket for him and his family to the lush green land.
‘All staff buy tickets here; We have a syndicate,’ said one.
‘And we’ll quit, that’s the first thing.’
They may be lucky as their own correspondent sold a Division One winner four months ago. The amount was undisclosed but could be in the millions.
Granville also sold a total of four Division One winners – the most for any area in all of NSW.
Meanwhile, punters lined up outside correspondents throughout the morning for a chance to become overnight millionaires.
Mother-of-four Pat, who is originally from Thailand but has lived in Australia for almost 35 years, said she was desperate to win the jackpot because her husband suffered a heart attack last month.
‘I need luck. My husband would love to do a five-star nursing home, but I don’t want him to go to a nursing home,’ she said.
‘I want him to come home, but he needs 24-hour care and we can’t afford it. If I had 100 million dollars I would scream everything, and care is our first priority.’
Pete, who is originally from the UK, said he would buy a one-way ticket home.
Tonight marks just the sixth time the Powerball game has offered a $100 million prize in its 27-year history
‘I will take the family to England. Also, I will buy my old house in which I was born in England. I just want it back,’ he said, with an angry note in his voice.
For Pitt, the idea of winning isn’t some pipe dream: a friend in England scooped up a cool £23 million ($43 million) 30 years ago.
‘He bought a huge property, lots of bikes and cars, but then with the rest he worked all the time,’ said Pitt.
Elsewhere, Raj has been playing the lotto since moving to Australia from India last year.
‘I will give 50 per cent to charity and 50 per cent to myself,’ he said.
‘I’m not interested in money, I work hard and I earn my own. The main thing is to work hard. Work hard and you will win.’
Prosper said he would also give to charity but then take care of number one.
‘Buying property is number one. I have to look after myself too, but I’ll be a millionaire for the rest of my life, so I’ll also give back to charity,’ he said.
Lottery spokeswoman Anna Hobdell said half of all Australian adults were expected to queue outside lottery outlets.
‘We haven’t seen a $100 million Powerball draw since December 2022 and then it was split between three players who each received a life-changing $33.3 million just before the New Year,’ he said.
‘On that occasion, sales peaked at 5.38pm on the day of the draw when Aussies snapped up more than 5,500 tickets in one minute.’
It is only the sixth time the Powerball game has offered a $100 million prize in its 27-year history.
Tickets for Thursday 22 June 2023 Powerball Draw 1414 can be purchased at any licensed lottery outlet, online at thelott.com or via The Lott mobile app.
In 2022, the 22 Powerball Division One winning entries across Australia pocketed more than $764.39 million in prize money.
During this time, Powerball offered a $160 million jackpot – the largest prize awarded by any Australian lottery game – which was won by three Division One winning entries.
Of the 22 Powerball category winners in 2022, 13 landed in New South Wales, four in Victoria, two in Queensland and Western Australia and one in South Australia.
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