The winner of last night's $30 million Powerball has been identified as a woman from the Sydney suburb of Lane Cove on the city's lower north shore.
The lucky winner was already asleep last night when she became the country's newest millionaire with lotto officials breaking the incredible news to her this morning after phone calls overnight went unanswered, prompting a slight mystery about the only ticket to match all eight numbers.
The Sydney woman was enjoying her coffee and cereal Friday morning when she found out she had actually woken up $30 million richer.
"I’d seen the missed calls and wondered what was going on. Then I’ve just checked the app. I can’t believe it. I don’t know what to think," she told an official from The Lott.
"We were just having breakfast and getting ready to go to work."
Amazingly, she said she and her family would still "power on" and go to work.
"Honestly, this is a lot to take in first thing in the morning. I’m shaking and I’m a bit butterfingers now. It’s a bit of a shock," she said.
The woman was a frequent Powerball ticket-holder but said this was "most definitely is the biggest prize I’ve ever won".
Her winning 36-game QuickPick was purchased online through The Lott's website.
She had no idea how she was going to spend the money, and predicted she would take some time to recover from the shock of winning such an "unreal" amount.
"I need to finish my cereal and coffee and then think about it all," she said.
"This makes a massive difference for my family. We’ll remember this day for a while, that’s for sure."
The winning numbers were 7, 19, 11, 12, 5, 25 and 8, while all-important Powerball number was 20.
There was one division one winning entry in Powerball draw 1304 – the entry from New South Wales.
This week's Saturday Lotto has $10 million on offer, while Tuesday’s Oz Lotto has $5 million up for grabs.
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