Parade takes a look at the lighter side of life in Bathurst

PARADE couldn’t believe the news yesterday when she read online someone in Australia is $55 million richer — and they still have no idea.

SNAPSHOT: Friends and family helped Leila Reid (sitting, second from left) celebrate her 85th birthday this week. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 061318c85th1

SNAPSHOT: Friends and family helped Leila Reid (sitting, second from left) celebrate her 85th birthday this week. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 061318c85th1

The massive Powerball prize was drawn on January 11, but the mystery winner of the entire jackpot has still not claimed their cash from Tatts.

The winning ticket was purchased from Scole Lotto & News, Shop 6, 90-106 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, and the entry was unregistered, which means there is no way of tracking down the identity of the lucky punter.

Tatts spokeswoman Elissa Lewis said the $55 million prize has taken records into uncharted territory as it is the largest unclaimed prize in Australia’s lottery history and said hopes of the winner coming forward were dwindling as time dragged on.

“The possibilities ahead for the mystery winner are endless and we have been anxiously waiting for the holder of the ticket to check their ticket, realise it’s won them $55 million and come forward to claim their prize,” she said.

Just in case you happened to be in Brunswick earlier this year and brought a ticket, the winning numbers were 32, 7, 5, 34, 38 and 11, while the all-important Powerball number was 12.

Under Victorian law, if a lottery jackpot is not claimed within six months it goes to the Victorian State Revenue Office where the winner can claim it at any time providing they have the documentation to prove their win.

World Cup kicks off Friday

The World Cup kicks off on Friday morning between Russia and Saudi Arabia, with millions across the world tuning in. In reality Russia and Saudi Arabia probably have no chance to lift the trophy come the end of the tournament. And sadly while nothing is impossible, the same could be said for Australia.

If Parade was a betting man, he'd have his money on France (sorry).

It's an exciting team, with talent all over the field in the likes of Pogba, Lemar, Kante, Griezmann and Mbappe to name a few. But with the likes of Spain, Germany, Brazil and Argentina in the mix, this year's World Cup race is still wide open.