Man, 23, makes history by winning $304m Powerball

Brianne Tolj
·2-min read

A 23-year-old man has made his state’s history after winning a US$235 million (A$304 million) Powerball jackpot.

Thomas Yi recently became the youngest person in Florida Lottery's history to claim a jackpot prize, according to local publications.

“Even after matching all six numbers, I was in disbelief and took my ticket to a retailer to have it checked,” Mr Yi told Florida Lottery.

A Powerball ticket.
A 23-year-old man has made his state’s history after winning a $304 million Powerball jackpot. Source: File image

“The clerk at the counter instantly became excited and kept repeating that I had won the $235 million Powerball jackpot.

“I knew then that this would be life changing.”

The young man opted to receive the money in a one-time, lump sum of US$160 million (A$206 million) after taxes.

Mr Yi said that he will start in university and pursue a degree in the business or medical field.

Publix, where he purchased the winning ticket, will also receive a US$95k (A$122k) bonus commission.

Man finds winning ticket days before expiration

Earlier this month, a man found his winning Powerball ticket just days before it was due to expire.

Anil Philip, from the US state of Michigan, played the Michigan Lottery on March 14, 2020, and won A$196,000.

“I like to play the Powerball game and was so excited when I found out I won US$150,000,” he said.

“I won the prize right when Covid-19 hit, so I decided to wait to claim the prize. I ended up misplacing the ticket and just found it a few days ago."

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