The Powerball jackpot is now at a record-breaking $200 million, after six consecutive weeks of no division one winner.
And on Thursday, the Sunrise stars were left shocked at a brutal confession by a man during a vox pop on the Gold Coast, when he was asked how he would spend the life-changing amount of money.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Sunrise stars surprised as Gold Coast man delivers unexpected reply about how he’d spend $200 million.
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During a cross with reporter Georgia Costi, one unnamed man offered a cheeky response to the question, saying he’d be sure to keep the enormous amount of money for himself.
“(If I won, I’d) pack my bags, disappear, tell my missus I’m sick, and I’ll never be home again, and she’ll never know about it,” the man joked.
Sunrise stars were left shocked on Thursday, after a man made a brutal joke at how he would spend Powerball’s $200 million jackpot if he were to win the division one prize. Credit: Seven
The Sunrise panel broke into a round of laughter after it was aired.
“Watch out if you’re that guy’s missus — she’s probably hoping he isn’t the winner,” Georgia said.
During the segment, other men joked they would buy a new house, car, and possibly retire from work if the picked up the prize.
During the vox pop, other punters joked they would buy a new house, car, or retire from their job. Credit: Seven
Later in the broadcast, host Nat Barr was joined by The Lott’s Anna Hobdell, who gave details of Thursday’s draw, revealing the winner would get the entire $200 million in their account.
“You will get that lump sum of money if you claim the prize within the two weeks (that’s the shortest amount of time it takes to be put in your bank account),” Anna said.
The Lott’s Anna Hobdell joined Nat Barr on Thursday, saying it takes two weeks for the $200 million to be deposited into the winner’s account. Credit: Seven
Anna wouldn’t be drawn on any potential new jackpot, should there be no division one winner tonight.
Nat asked if the jackpot could possibly go to $250 or $300 million.
“If terms of what prize would be on offer, we’ll have to wait and see,” Anna said.
Half of the Australian adult population is expected to buy a ticket in Thursday’s draw, with Powerball fever gripping the nation.
“It’s unfathomable what winning even just a slice of (the) $200 million Powerball Division One prize would do for you this year and the rest of your life,” The Lott spokesperson James Eddy said.
“I know I’m excited, so I can imagine Australian lottery players are rubbing their hands together at the thought of bagging $200 million and taking home the crown as the largest lottery winner in Australian history.”
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