Thursday 8 December 2016

Two lucky winners share £66m jackpot as US prize funds surges to $1.3bn

Beverley Rouse and Ryan Wilkinson

Published 10/01/2016 | 09:11

Host Sam Arlen speaks as the winning Powerball numbers are about to be drawn at the Florida Lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida January 9, 2016
Host Sam Arlen speaks as the winning Powerball numbers are about to be drawn at the Florida Lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida January 9, 2016

A record £66 million (€87m) Lotto jackpot will be shared between two British winners, while a rollover in the US is expected to send next week's Powerball prize fund soaring to a staggering $1.3 billion (€1.2bn).

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Each lucky UK winner will receive £33,035,323, (€43,879) scooping their share of the biggest ever jackpot.

However, just hours after Camelot revealed there were two winning tickets, officials for the US's version of the Lotto, the Powerball, announced their $949.8bn (€869million) jackpot had gone unclaimed.

It means the prize fund is expected to rocket to $1.3bn (€1.2bn) for next Wednesday's draw. By comparison, the next Lotto draw on Wednesday will be reset to £2.4 million.

The US jackpot was first set at $40m (€36m) on November 4.

The Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball, said it expected 75% of the possible combinations had been bought for the latest draw, although the odds of matching all six Powerball numbers are one in 292.2 million.

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