This Week in Lottery: Winner Gets Busted, Aussie Wins Big, and More
[h2 display=”Mystery Aussie Wins AU$50M” menu=”Aussie Wins AU$50M”] It’s confirmed that only two ticket holders came out as winners of the September 21, 2017 draw of the Australia Powerball. One winner—a Melbourne grandmother—has already been verified by lottery officials, while the other still remains a mystery. If you’re from New South Wales, better check your tickets! You might just be the second winner of the AU$50 million jackpot—which means you might be taking home AU$25 million. The winning numbers were 26-17-2-10-25-23 and 5 as the Powerball. [h2 display=”Grand Junction Resident Becomes Biggest State Winner” menu=”Colorado Resident Wins Big”] For the past 30 years, Judy Finchum, a resident of Grand Junction, Colorado, would religiously play the same numbers in the US Powerball lottery, week after week. However, it wasn’t until the September 16, 2017 draw that her efforts had paid off. Mrs. Finchum is now the sole winner of a $133.2 million US Powerball jackpot, making her the biggest winner in the history of Colorado. Judy and her husband, Mac, have decided to go for the lump sum payout option, which means she will take home $66 million, after taxes. On top of planning to retire with her husband, Judy also wants to use the money for repairing—or replacing—her husband’s pickup truck. More notably, she is also looking to donate a portion of her winnings to victims of the recent hurricanes and wildfires. [h2 display=”US Powerball Jackpot Resets” menu=”Powerball Jackpot Resets”] After Saturday’s big win, the US Powerball jackpot has been reset. The pot for last Wednesday’s drawing? $40 million. That means, for this Saturday’s drawing, the current top prize will be $53 million—with the lump sum option going for $33.7 million. [h2 display=”Results for Wednesday’s Powerball Draw” menu=”Powerball Results”] Speaking of the US Powerball draw last Wednesday, the winning numbers were 39-48-53-67-68, with 26 as the Powerball, and 3 as the Power Play number. No one won the jackpot, but several players won lower-tier prizes:
Last Updated: July 1, 2018
- An Indiana resident matched all 5 numbers during the draw, which netted him the $1 million second-tier prize. Had the player activate the Power Play, they would have walked away with $2 million, instead.
- Two Michigan players won $300, the biggest among the 13,319 to win in the state.
- In total, the Wednesday draw produced 448,911 winners of at least $4 each.