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Punters race to secure tickets for $100m Powerball draw

Lottery agents are bracing for a rush on tickets today as people race to secure their chance at a slice of the $100 million Powerball jackpot.

Close to one million tickets are expected to be sold for the draw in WA, with one in three Australians expected to get a ticket. That’s seven times more than the standard week.

Around 1200 a minute due to fly out the door during the peak between 4pm and 5pm.

If a lucky West Aussie manages to snaffle the entire prize pool it will be the biggest in the State’s lotto history, streets ahead of the $50m won by a Perth family who scooped the Division One Powerball prize in July 2015.

The Australian record for an individual winner is $107 million won on Powerball by a Sydney woman in January.

It is the third time the Powerball jackpot has reached $100m or more this year.

For those looking to give themselves an edge, Lotterywest has released the types of tickets and the “hot numbers” that have helped people win in the past.

A Powerpik ticket — which gives you the winning Powerball number — increases your chances of winning.

The Lotterywest statisticians have revealed that the most frequent winning numbers from Barrel A in the last financial year were: 17 (drawn 20 times), 2, 11, 20, 29 (drawn 14 times each), and 4, 7 and 22 (drawn 13 times each).

The most frequent winning Powerball numbers were: 19 (drawn 6 times), 3 (drawn five times) followed by 7, 13 and 20 (drawn four times each).

“This $100 million jackpot is a chance for workmates, family or friends to team up in a syndicate and boost your chances of winning within a budget,” Lotterywest Spokesperson Hermione Coleman.

“We would love to see a WA winner, and it’s also important to note this week alone we expect to raise around 7.8 million for the WA community thanks to our Powerball players.”

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