Booval Shopping Fair's Nextra News co-owner Jodie Legg, with ticket purchaser Peter Murdoch of Bellbird Park who hopes he'll be the winner of Powerball's $80 million jackpot.
Booval Shopping Fair's Nextra News co-owner Jodie Legg, with ticket purchaser Peter Murdoch of Bellbird Park who hopes he'll be the winner of Powerball's $80 million jackpot. Sarah Harvey

Betting on $80m share

ALMOST doubling the previous Powerball jackpot to a staggering $80 million, it could be a lucky Ipswich punter to win the treasure when six balls drop from the cage tonight.

Coming off the back of Oz Lotto's $90 million a few weeks ago, newsagents didn't expect to see another jackpot in such a short time frame.

Nextra News Booval Fair co-owner Jodie Legg said with Tuesday night's Oz lotto of $15 million, tonight's $80 million and Saturday night's Gold lotto at $20 million, punters have been betting with delight for their chance to share in the three huge prize pools.

“We served 3000 people in nine hours for the Oz lotto jackpot, so we're expecting to remain busy leading up to this game,” Mrs Legg said.

“Our most popular game is the Power-hit which guarantees you the Powerball number.

“To win division one you need to have the Powerball so it's certainly the best ticket to buy to improve your chance at winning.”

Mrs Legg said while there had not been as much excitement as the Oz Lotto the game had attracted all sorts of players.

“We've had our regulars who bet the same numbers each week, and then there are the people who only bet as a one off,” she said.

Peter Murdoch of Bellbird Park said he was feeling lucky as he placed his usual numbers plus a couple of quick-picks.

“The wife said I should get one so I'm doing as I was told,” Mr Murdoch said.

If he won the jackpot Mr Murdoch said he would help his children out and take an overseas trip.

“I'd definitely take a holiday overseas and wouldn't mind a boat and caravan,” he said.

“And of course I would help the kids out too and help them pay off their houses.”


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