WA welcomed its 43rd Division One winner of 2018 ahead of the $60 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, which is igniting hopes across the regions the winning ticket will be in their town.
The Division One ticket, worth $441,295, was purchased at Lakers News in Mandurah.
Lakers News Store Manager Carlos Martins said since opening the store just over a year ago, they’ve been anxiously waiting for this moment.
“The hot hand of luck is with us just before the $60 million Powerball jackpot – it’s very exciting,” he said.
Lotterywest stores in the City of Mandurah have collectively sold four Division One winning tickets this year worth nearly $4 million.
The biggest lotto win in regional WA still belongs to Busselton, where a Division One ticket was sold in March last year worth $15 million.
However, this year’s first Division One ticket came out of Bunbury in January, worth almost $600,000, adding to the $8 million in Division One prize money won by residents over the past five years.
Kalgoorlie has also had its fair share of wins, with the Boulder newsagency recording about ten division one winners since 2012.
Dunsborough, Albany and Rockingham have also sold multiple lucky tickets, with the biggest prize coming from Clarks Newsagency in Albany, valued at $2.1 million.
This Thursday’s $60 million Powerball jackpot will be the third largest prize the game has offered this year, following an $80 million and $100 million jackpot earlier this year.
Tickets are available until 6pm Thursday from Lotterywest in-store, online or through the app.