Australia’s latest multi-millionaire has revealed she thought her Powerball win was a scam.
The Victorian woman’s life turned around immediately when she won $40 million in Thursday night’s Powerball draw 1394 but it took a while to get the message through.
The Lott said it left “a flurry of missed calls” on the division one winner’s phone before issuing an alert to encourage players to check their tickets.
But even then the mystery winner from Echuca, who’d been at work and unable to answer her phone, needed some convincing.
“Oh my god, oh my god, I can’t believe it, I thought it was a scam!” she told officials. “This just doesn’t feel real. How do I know if this is real?!
“I’m so nervous, I feel really bizarre. My whole body has gone numb! This is really going to take some time to sink in.”
Powerball winner plans to chuck in her job
While admitting the win won’t feel real until the money is in her bank account, the woman already has plans in place for how she’ll spend the money.
“We will be able to pay off the mortgage completely and set ourselves up for the future,” she said. “We want this win to go a long way. We want to leave a legacy for our family for years to come!”
But first the new multi-millionaire will be handing in her resignation.
“My god, I can quit my job!” she said. “I can take some time off to spend with my family.”
The $40 million jackpot is the largest division one prize won across any Australian lotteries game so far in 2023. The winning ticket was bought online and contained the winning combo of numbers: 7, 35, 31, 2, 24, 21 and 15. The all-important Powerball number was 18.
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