Aussie nurse strikes it lucky in US mega lotto draw

The news comes just days after two winners each collected $100 million in Australia's record Powerball jackpot draw.

Just days after two lucky ticket holders split the country's record $200 million Powerball jackpot, it's been revealed another Aussie has got lucky – but this time in a US lotto draw.

On Friday, it emerged a Queensland woman took home an astonishing $100 million from Australia's huge draw, following on from a NSW couple who claimed the other $100 million. Now, a NSW nurse has won $142,000 from the US Powerball.

While not quite the same life-changing sum, the woman won a Division 3 prize "playing her favourite numbers" on a single ticket bought from The Lottery Office for just $10.45 on the weekend.

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A NSW nurse has pocketed almost $150,000 in the US Powerball. Source: Associated Press

Her entry included the "multiplier option", meaning she won triple the payout of the original prize. She said she now plans to buy a new car and spend the money on family, including on her daughter, to help her embark on her IVF journey. "You’ve made by week, my month, my year," the excited woman said on hearing of her win.

"It’s been a great week, and this has topped it off. I’ll probably buy a new car and my eldest daughter is going through IVF. That’s going to take the edge off it for her."

Speaking to Yahoo News Australia, The Lottery Office CEO Jaclyn Wood said the "Lottery Office takes care of collecting all wins from the overseas.

"When a customer buys a ticket in one of The Lottery Office's government-licensed lotteries, The Lottery Office buys a matching ticket in the overseas lottery with the same numbers chosen by the customer," she told Yahoo. "The Lottery Office takes care of collecting all wins from the overseas lottery and pays their customer the exact same amount they collected, no fees or commissions are deducted."

The US Powerball has jackpotted to $330 million, which will be drawn on Tuesday afternoon (AEDT), while the US Mega Millions jackpot, drawn on Wednesday (AEDT), stands at $550 million.

Aussie's win big last week

A Brisbane woman last week took home the second half of the Australian Powerball's historic $200 million jackpot.

Unlike the other winners, a couple from Singleton, NSW who got a call from the Lott to tell them they'd won, the woman's ticket was unregistered and she had to claim her prize after realising her numbers had come up when she checked her phone at 6am before going to the gym.

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Last week's Powerball jackpot was a record $200 million. Source: The Lott

“I started to pace the floor back and forth and question if it was even real. I didn’t know who to call or what to say. I was slapping my face and telling myself to wake up," the anonymous woman said.

She had actually won a smaller prize last week in the $150 million Powerball, and used the winnings to buy the ticket that's made her $100 million richer.

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