Have you won $55 million? Check your tickets

Aletha Wilkinson

Three weeks on from the $55 million Powerball draw, the mystery winner of the entire jackpot prize is yet to claim their prize from Tatts, prompting the question – where could they be?

The winning entry, purchased from Scole Lotto & News in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, was unregistered so the identity of the newest multi-millionaire remains a mystery.

Now, as time passes, initial hope that the winner would come forward sooner rather than later is slowly dwindling.

Tatts spokesperson Elissa Lewis said the $55 million Powerball prize has taken lottery records into unchartered territory as it is the largest unclaimed prize in the nation’s history of lotteries.

We're guessing this will be the reaction of the winner when they finally get around to checking their ticket. Source: Getty

“It’s been three weeks since the prize was won and we still don’t know who the winner is or what they have been doing during the past three weeks,” Ms Lewis said.

“What we do know is that with $55 million heading for their bank account during the past three weeks the winner could have purchased numerous properties of their choice featuring beautiful Victorian era architecture, along Sydney Road, where the ticket to their fortune was sold.

“If they are a local hipster they could have pimped up their hipster lifestyle with 27,500 new fixies or bought 550,000 trays of avocados, celebrated with all their family and friends at one of Melbourne's best kept secrets the local Brunswick Green or earned themselves around $30,000 per week in interest with an online savings account.

“The possibilities ahead for the mystery winner are endless and we have been anxiously waiting for the holder of the ticket to check their ticket, realise it’s won them $55,000,000 and come forward to claim their prize.

“When they do contact us one of the first things we’ll be asking they is why it took them so long to come forward to claim their prize.

“We also want to reassure them that any privacy concerns they may have about coming forward to claim their prize will be respected by Tatts and we can ensure that if they wish to remain anonymous they can celebrate their new multi-million dollar lifestyle in private.”

The winner can remain completely anonymous if they so wish. Source: Tatts

The Melbourne entry was the only winning entry in Powerball draw 1130 on Thursday 11 January 2018, which offered a $55 million jackpot – the highest Australian lottery jackpot in over a year.

Tatts is continuing to urge anyone who purchased their unregistered Powerball entry from Scole Lotto & News, Shop 6, 90-106 Sydney Road, Brunswick, to check their ticket as soon as possible.

Tatts reminds players of the importance of registering their tickets to a Tatts Card so all of their prizes are secure and they can be contacted directly with the good news of a big win.

The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1130 on Thursday 11 January 2018 were 32, 7, 5, 34, 38 and 11, while the all-important Powerball number was 12.

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