$60m Powerball: Melbourne winners celebrate after 'horrible year' in lockdown

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A Melbourne couple have more than the end of lockdown to celebrate this weekend after winning Powerball's $60 million draw.

The couple, who live in South Melbourne, were the only winners of Thursday night's mega-draw, which is the second biggest lottery prize in Australia this year.

Speaking with officials from The Lott, the overwhelmed couple said the win is a "dream come true."

"I found out last night while I was watching TV with my wife. We knew straight after the draw that we had won. We were screaming and crying," the winning man said.

An excited couple hold a Powerball ticket.
The South Melbourne couple won $60 million in Thursday's Powerball. Source: The Lott

“I am feeling amazing, we both are. It has been a very tough year for us – really horrible. But this changes everything!" the excited couple said.

"We’ve just been trying to calm down ever since."

Holidays and paying off home loans

The couple planned to keep their celebrations for their multimillion-dollar win simple for tonight, indulging in some chocolate, flowers, and coffee, before going out for dinner.

The lucky couple said they plan to pay off their home loan and some debts.

“We’re looking at retiring, and of course we’ll help the kids. And we’ll have some good holidays, both interstate and overseas," they revealed.

"We’ll definitely buy a new car and we’d love to eventually buy a new house."

The winning entry was sold at Market Lotto and News in South Melbourne, with owners Chris and Ana Haritos said they were thrilled to have sold another division one winning entry.

“This is the first time in my life I’ve sold an entry like this!” Mr Haritos said.

The incredible jackpot is the second biggest win this year. Source: The Lott

“We’ve sold two TattsLotto division one winning entries in recent years, but this $60 million prize is out of this world!

“We’d love to send our congratulations to the couple. We wish our winners all the very best and hope they truly enjoy this life-changing prize.”

Victoria's second-biggest win

The win is Victoria’s second-biggest ever lottery prize.

In August this year, a North Melbourne dad took home $80 million — the state’s biggest individual lottery win.

The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1327 on Thursday 21 October 2021 were 7, 17, 11, 28, 30, 2, 27. The all-important Powerball number was 11.

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