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Malfunction delays Saturday’s Powerball lottery drawing

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People hoping to win the Powerball jackpot Saturday night had to wait a little longer to see the numbers.

When viewers tuned in for the drawing, instead of seeing of bouncing balls the saw an empty lottery machine.

An announcement was made saying: “because of a technical problem we are unable to bring you the Powerball drawing at this time.”

Eventually the winning numbers were posted online.

People hoping to win the Powerball jackpot Saturday night had to wait a little longer to see the numbers.

Woman loses $126 million Powerball claim after entering wrong jackpot competition

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A woman who claimed to have won $126 million by selecting the correct numbers in Powerball has lost a gambling dispute after she was found to have entered the wrong jackpot competition, which instead yielded just $15 in prize money.

Key points:

  • The woman claimed to have selected the winning Powerball numbers last year
  • She lodged a gambling dispute after Lottoland refused to pay her $126 million
  • The regulator found she had entered the wrong competition: THU Jackpot, not Powerball

The punter, known only as Ms B, appealed to the Northern Territory Racing Commission after Lottoland — which has a sports bookmaker licence in the NT — refused to pay her out.

According to a decision handed down by the commission this month, Ms B placed two bets on Lottoland’s website, one of which matched Powerball’s winning sequence of numbers on January 17 last year.

But rather than entering Powerball, the commission said Ms B had in fact placed her bets on a different competition known as “THU Jackpot”.

Ms B claimed Lottoland deceived her by using Powerball-style branding for its THU Jackpot competition.

“The Complainant submits that Lottoland used the same Powerball logo for THU Jackpot, thereby completely misrepresenting the actual product being sold, which is similar to ‘selling yoghurt in the packaging of Nutella’,” the commission stated.

Commission rules Ms B wins $15

Lottoland denied her allegation, saying the two logos were “not even similar”.

The company pointed out that Ms B entered the THU Jackpot at 10:32pm — after Powerball’s Division 1 prize pool had already been drawn that night — but Ms B told the commission she had no prior knowledge of the results.

Lottoland also stated that it had not offered any bets on Australian-drawn lotteries, such as Powerball, since regulations were changed in November 2017.

Instead, it only offered jackpot betting on international financial markets.

The commission noted that 10 days before she placed her bets, Ms B asked Lottoland where its European lotteries were on its website.

She was told: “with the new products you will not be placing a bet on the outcome of lotteries, you will be betting on the outcome of some of the world’s largest financial markets such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500”.

The commission found no evidence to suggest Lottoland had failed to comply with the Act and said Ms B should only receive her winnings from her THU Jackpot entry.

“The Commission is of the view that both of the Complainant’s bets struck on Lottoland’s Thursday Jackpot on 17 January 2019 were lawful bets under the Act, however, just one of those bets was a winning lawful bet … which won $15.00.”

A punter who claimed to have won $126 million by selecting the correct numbers in Powerball has lost a gambling dispute after she was found to have entered the wrong jackpot competition.