Powerball: Heartwarming story behind man's numbers that scooped $60m jackpot

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One man from Australia's capital went to bed last night knowing his life was about to change after an inkling led him to pick up a late call.

Last night, the lucky individual from the ACT won the $60 million in Powerball in draw 1363. At 8.30pm on Thursday he received the call from The Lott to confirm his win, he answered because of a feeling he had.

"I had a feeling it was The Lott calling me! I thought, ‘They’re going to call me at 8.30pm tonight’," he said on the phone to officials.

He admitted it might take some time to convince his family that their lives were about to change forever, but it turns out his lucky numbers were inspired by them.

“I’ve been dreaming of this day forever,” he told The Lott.

“I play the same numbers all the time. They were inspired by my family."

Pictured is a generic Powerball lottery ticket and a 'Happy Retirement' card.
A man from Canberra won Powerball's $60 million division one prize. Source: The Lott

He said he has children and a "very large family", so they will be looked after thanks to his win and this will allow him to retire.

“It’s been a tough year. This is life-changing," he said.

“I’m going to pay off some bills and enjoy living debt-free. I’m going to take a long-overdue holiday with my family.

“I can’t believe it. I’m shaking!”

The man from the ACT is the sole division one winner in Thursday's draw and his windfall comes after four consecutive weeks of zero division one wins in Powerball.

The previous division one win was on May 26, when someone won $4,622,076.38.

However, there were still plenty of winners in Thursday night's draw.

There were 1,762,781 wins across divisions two to nine in draw 1363 and 24 people had winning division two tickets and won $36,924.

The winning numbers in last night's draw were 22, 6, 1, 16, 17, 29 and 11 and the Powerball number was 2.

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