The year 2015 is already halfway over. At this time of year, many Australians can be found trying to escape the cold weather, filing their tax returns, and eagerly anticipating the Masterchef finale. It’s also a great time to take stock of lotto results from the last six months. Lottery officials have just released their biannual list of lotto hot spots, so let’s take a look at just how many prizes have been won so far in 2015.
The information revealed by lottery officials was calculated from Division 1 wins in Saturday Lotto, Super 66, Lotto Strike, Oz Lotto, Powerball, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Lucky Lotteries, and The Pools between 1 January and 30 June 2015. Winners (including Syndicates) purchased their tickets in store and online during this six month period.
In the first six months of the year, there were 188 Division 1 prizes won by lotto players in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and the Northern Territory. That’s adds up to more than $412 million in prize money! Even more Division 1 prizes were won in Western Australia, but as lotteries operate independently in that state, that data has yet to be released at the time of writing.
Victoria had more Division 1 wins than any other state – but New South Wales, which includes the Australian Captial Territory under its lottery jurisdiction, boasts the biggest single prize won this year with the massive $50,000,000 Powerball jackpot won by a Canberra woman in May. The lucky winner beat incredible odds with her winning 6-game Quickpick to land all six winning Powerball numbers plus the Powerball, turning a ticket worth under $10 into $50,000,000.
There were 64 Division 1 prizes won in Victoria, followed by 49 in NSW and 47 in Queensland. South Australia recorded 21 Division 1 wins, with Northern Territory and Tasmania bringing up the rear with 5 and 2 respectively.
NSW also had the highest total prize value of all participating states with over $205 million won by lotto players in that state. Victoria came in second with over $110 million, followed by Queensland (over $52 million), South Australia ($25 million), Northern Territory ($16 million) and Tasmania ($1.4 million).
Although the NT is a small player overall, they boasted the third largest single prize won – the $10,000,000 Oz Lotto jackpot went to a man from Parap in January. Incredibly, the winner was unaware he had won such a large prize. He realised that he had purchased his System 8 ticket at the same place as mentioned in the media but had yet to check his ticket numbers. After looking them up online, he was shocked to find out he held all 7 winning numbers.
Each state also had a further breakdown of lotto statistics. Division 1-winning players in New South Wales were from south and south-west Sydney, Illawarra and south-east NSW, and western NSW. In Victoria, the capital city was the luckiest place to be, with the most Division 1 winners hailing from the south-eastern, western, and eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
The Sunshine State of Queensland found most Division 1 winners from the Gold Coast, Redland City, and the Moreton Bay region. Division 1 winners in South Australia could be found in northern and western Adelaide, and the Eyre region. Further south in Tasmania, the two Division 1 winners came from George Town and Kingston. Finally, Division 1 winners in Palmerston, Parap, and Darwin were the luckiest lot in the Northern Territory.
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