First $80m Powerball winner revealed as Sydney grandmother

Kamilia Palu
·News Editor
·3-min read

The lives of two Sydneysiders have changed forever after both residents held winning tickets in tonight’s $80 million Powerball draw.

One winner has been identified as a grandmother and retiree from Campbelltown, while little is known about the second winner.

Both entries were registered to player cards, however The Lott officials have so far been unable to get in contact with the second winner.

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Two Sydneysiders will share Powerball's $80 million division one prize. Source: The Lott

The massive jackpot was split evenly between the winners, making each of them $40 million richer.

The winning numbers from tonight’s draw were 10, 17, 19, 21, 26, 31, 35 and the Powerball number 1.

Grandson ‘predicted’ grandmother’s win

When told of her enormous win, the Campbelltown grandmother was in shock.

“I don’t believe it!” she told officials from The Lott.

“No! No! Wow! I can’t believe it.

“My grandson told me earlier this week, ‘Grandma’s going to win the lotto’ and that’s why I bought a ticket.

“I’m a bit gobsmacked. I’m in shock. I can’t believe it.

“I’ve been playing for a long time. But you never think this is going to happen to you.”

The woman purchased her ticket from Leppington Newsagency, where owner Pradeep Ahluwalia said he was thrilled for the winner.

“Oh my gosh, that is so exciting!” he said.

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The huge win comes after four weeks with no major prize wins. Source: The Lott

“We were just talking about how we were going to sell a division one prize in Powerball tonight and now we have.

“We would love to send our congratulations to our winner. We hope she enjoys her multi-million-dollar prize.”

Second winner may not know they're millionaires

The second winner of the jackpot missed the $40 million phone call tonight - but there is still plenty of time to claim their prize.

The player purchased their entry from a NSW Lotteries outlet in the City of Fairfield region.

The two new multi-millionaires have become the fifth and sixth Powerball division one winners of 2021.

“Two Sydneysiders are having a winning end to the working week, but first one of them needs to accept they’ve won, and the other needs to answer their phone – we promise it’s worth it,” The Lott spokesperson Lauren Cooney said.

“There are 40 million reasons why all Powerball players who purchased an entry into this week’s Powerball draw from a NSW Lotteries outlet in the City of Fairfield should check their ticket immediately.

“If you discover you’re holding the Powerball division one winning entry, hold on tight to that ticket and phone 131 868 as soon as possible so that we can start the prize claim process."

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