A Powerball player on the Mid North Coast of NSW won the $50 million jackpot on Thursday night but may not know it – because they won’t answer the phone.
Officials from The Lott, which runs the lottery, said they had been trying to call the winner since 6 p.m. 9.30pm on Thursday, but all their calls had gone unanswered.
Spokesman Matt Hart said the call came from a landline in Queensland and sometimes deterred players in other states who saw the caller ID and thought it was spam.
“When I called the listed number, it just rang,” Hart said. “If you see a number of missed calls on your phone, you may be the winner we are trying to contact.”
The player had the only winning entry in Division 1 of the draw, number 1384, which means they will take home a whopping $50 million.
That would buy them half of it the most expensive house in Sydney – Fairwater, at Point Piper, which sold for $100 million to Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes in 2018.
The winning numbers in the drawing were 14, 6, 9, 25, 27, 31 and 33. The Powerball number was 15. Two more players won more than $13,000 each in Division Two.
Hart encouraged all Powerball players to check their records as soon as possible and their phones. He said the winner should contact Lott on 131 868.
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