Aussie mum's hilarious reaction to $100m Powerball win

A Queensland mother is among one of Australia’s newest multi-millionaires after three people picked up a division one win in Thursday night’s $100 million Powerball jackpot.

The trio each pocketed $33,333,333.34 in Powerball's last draw of the year. The $100m prize was the fifth biggest jackpot in Aussie lottery history and returned the numbers 9, 26, 4, 23, 22, 6 and 24, with the Powerball coming in at number 18.

Speaking to an official from The Lott over the phone, the woman from Durack, Brisbane, revealed the moment she realised she’d won – saying she screamed so loud her children thought she'd seen a cockroach.

“I just happened to have a look on The Lott app just before and I saw the numbers lit up,” she said. “I just jumped to the roof and screamed! The kids thought a cockroach was in the kitchen.”

A Powerball ticket in front of people in the pool.
The Queensland mother says she 'jumped to the roof' when she realised that she'd won a share in Thursday night's $100 Powerball. Source: The Lott

Queensland Powerball winner also claims division two 19 times

Things just kept on getting better for the mum. On top of her division one win, the Queenslander’s PowerHit QuickPick entry also scored division two 19 times, bolstering her total windfall to $34,234,733.14.

“I’m shaking!” she said, before adding that she’d bought the ticket for herself for Christmas. “This will definitely change our lives. This will not only help my family, but also help us move forward with a better life. It’s going to make a huge difference.”

But despite the massive fortune, the Brisbane mother isn’t planning to retire just yet.

“This is going to help ease the pressure but I’ll keep working as I love it,” she said. “This is an amazing end to the year. It’s the best ever. Dreams really do come true.”

Her winning entry was picked up at Nextra Forest Lake News. Owner Wayne Jones couldn’t believe his outlet had played a part in the $100 million win.

“Nextra Forest Lake News has sold a few division one wins over the years but this is by far the biggest,” he said. “Congratulations to our winner and we wish them all the very best with their prize!”

A Powerball ticket in the glovebox.
Officials from The Lott are urging NSW players to check their Powerball tickets after they were unable to get in touch with the third winner on Thursday night. Source: The Lott

'Rare' lotto player nets $33.3 million

The division one win was also split with two players from New South Wales. A father from Burwood in Sydney’s inner west said he was left “absolutely speechless” when an official from The Lott called him with the life-changing news.

“Are you f***ing kidding? Jesus Christ!” he said. “Mate, you are the man! This is incredible.”

The dad went on to explain that his family only plays lotto from “time to time.”

“In fact, we play Powerball very rarely!” he told the official. “[But] my wife said, why not, let’s buy a ticket in the draw! I’m so glad we did!”

Adding that the $33 million win had completely changed his family’s life “in the space of five minutes”, the man admitted that he needed a moment for the news to sink in.

“Am I dreaming?” he asked himself. “I need to pinch myself to make sure this is real.”

Both the Sydneysider and the other NSW winner bought their tickets online but last night lottery officials were unable to contact the second victor. Anyone who purchased an entry in Thursday night’s Powerball draw is being urged to check their tickets as soon as possible.

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