The AU$ 100 million Oz Lotto jackpot has been named “the jackpot that stops a nation”. Will all of the hype and excitement surrounding Tuesday’s draw push the prize to record-setting heights?
Each year on the first Tuesday of November, Australia’s fastest thoroughbred horses dash across the finish line in the Melbourne Cup, dubbed, “the race that stops a nation”. The 3,200-metre race will commence at 3:00 PM sharp and distributed prizes to the first ten horses to complete the course, with about AU$ 6 million going to the winner and AU$ 125,000 given to the horse in the 10th place spot. Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday for Melbourne residents and over 110,000 people head to Flemington Racecourse in formal raceday wear to partake in the annual tradition.
However, this first Tuesday of November is somewhat of a different story. As Americans make a mad dash to the voting booth, Aussies will experience a completely different “race that stops the nation” as it is estimated that between one third and one half of the Australian adult population will rush to their lottery retailers to snatch up tickets for the AU$ 100 Oz Lotto jackpot draw, offering the biggest declared jackpot prize in the nation’s history.
In May 2009, the Oz Lotto boasted an AU$ 90 million declared jackpot. That top prize was pushed up to AU$ 106.5 million after stronger than expected ticket sales leading up to the draw. 5.5 million lottery tickets were purchased to last week’s AU$ 70 million Oz Lotto draw and the Tatts Lottery operator published a conservative estimate of 7 million tickets. Lottery fans, ticket retailers and Oz Lotto officials are waiting with baited breath to see if ticket sales can push the AU$ 100 million “jackpot that stops a nation” over the AU$ 106.5 million mark, creating a new Australian record.
No matter the outcome of the Oz Lotto Australia lottery results on Tuesday, the jackpot is destined for the history books. If only one winning ticket matches all seven numbers selected in the lottery results, they will become the single biggest lottery winner ever in Australia, taking home nearly double as much as the previous record-holder, a $58.7 million prize from 2008.
With AU$100 million, a potential Oz Lotto jackpot winner could afford to decorate their home with Vincent Van Gogh’s Portrait de l’artiste sans barbe (1889), estimated at $100 million, or fly 180 of their closest friends around the world on an Airbus A320neo, for $96.7 million.
On the other hand, if the jackpot goes unclaimed in Tuesday’s draw, it could rise to unprecedented heights, setting a new national record with tens of millions of dollars to spare.
What do you think? Will one of estimated 7 million tickets to be sold leading up to tomorrow’s draw win the coveted Oz Lotto jackpot win the AU$ 100 million prize or will the jackpot achieve the unimaginable and continue to grow! Cast your vote on our Facebook page here.