Why Powerball jackpot winner collected an extra $7 million

As if winning $100 million isn’t enough, the winner of last night’s record-breaking Powerball jackpot also picked up an extra $7 million.

The inner Sydney mum in her 40s held the only ticket which had all seven winning numbers and the Powerball in the much publicised draw.

A spokesperson for The Lott told Yahoo7 News that due to the extreme number of entries bought, the division one prize went well and truly above the advertised $100 million, making it the largest individual prize ever in Australian lotteries.

The first division prize escalated to $107, 575, 649.08.

“It’s not uncommon with lottery draws,” he said.

Only one person won the division one jackpot in Thursday night’s draw. Image: Supplied

“We offer a guaranteed division one prize pool (so no matter what volume of entries is received, that’s the amount for division one winners), but once the entries in and collated this can boost (the) jackpot.

“With this draw, the boost was clearly a lot more substantial.”

To make things even sweeter, the healthcare professional initially thought she had won just $107,000.

“Wait – are you telling me I’ve won $107 million!? Oh my God! That is just so much money,” the overnight millionaire said after being told of the news.

The winner said she enjoyed the win with a cheap glass of chardonnay. Image: Getty (file image)

“It was so random, I just decided to log-on yesterday and buy a ticket with random numbers,” she revealed.

Despite the incredible win, she said she would not retire and would share her winnings with her family and favourite charity.

“We might buy a caravan and travel around too.”

And if you’re wondering how someone who wins a $107 million lottery celebrates.

“I’m going to go have a cheap glass of chardonnay,” she told the Lott officials.

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