A couple living in one of Victoria’s lockdown areas has claimed $80 million from Powerball.
The winners, residents of Dromana, on the Mornington Peninsula, were told of their win four days after the draw because the entry wasn’t registered.
They’re now Australia’s third-largest lottery winner.
The woman said she’s “still in shock”.
“I’m a bit shaky,” she said.
“I’m having this conversation, but I’m thinking I might wake up and it was all a dream. I’m moving around normally, but nothing is really sinking in right now.”
She added the couple don’t play Powerball every week but have in the past. This time she forgot to check her ticket.
“I was sitting there and I had bought two tickets with my husband, and I said ‘I haven’t checked those tickets yet’,” she said.
“When I scanned the first one on my phone, it said ‘no win’. I did the next one, and there was confetti all over my phone.
“I said: ‘I think I’ve won something’. So other members of the family started scanning the ticket and nothing was sinking in. I just didn’t believe it.”
Couple put off spending winnings until after lockdown
The couple has already thought about what to spend their newfound wealth on.
But that’s going to go on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mornington Peninsula was placed under lockdown last week as Victoria battles surging cases of COVID-19.
“The main thing at the moment is getting through what we’re all going through. Our health is really important, and we want to concentrate on getting through this period,” the woman said.
“When it passes, we’ll be ready to enjoy the prize.
“It gives us enormous peace of mind and freedom. There’s lots to worry about at the moment, but we don’t need to worry about money any more.”
The winning numbers were 33, 2, 32, 31, 28, 21 and 26. The Powerball number was 12.
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