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Aussie woman thought $40m Powerball win was a scam

The woman ignored a 'flurry of missed calls' trying to advise her of her of Powerball win.

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.

Woman holding a Powerball ticket in front of a pool.
The woman from Echuca in northern Victoria said she didn't believe officials from The Lott who phoned with the good news. Source: The Lott (file photo) (The Lott)

“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!”

A person holding a Powerball ticket in front of a house.
Australia's newest multi-millionaire says she will pay off her mortgage with the $40 million win. Source: The Lott (The Lott)

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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