A Victorian retiree has claimed the entire $60 million jackpot in Thursday night’s draw and has revealed how she intends to use some of the prize money.
The Daylesford woman was the only division one winner in draw 1429, with the $60 million prize the second-biggest lottery win so far this year.
According to The Lott, it was difficult to deliver the good news as the winner initially wouldn’t answer the phone.
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It was only when the recent retiree checked her ticket online that she realised her life had now changed.
“I’m in a bit of shock at the moment. Oh my god! I can’t believe this is happening,” she told lottery officials on the phone.
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She also admitted her husband accidentally hung up on officials while “in a frenzy”.
“My husband is walking around dumbfounded,” the woman said.
The winning numbers in Thursday’s Powerball draw were 11, 19, 4, 22, 3, 8, 14. The Powerball number was 5.
The winner said all the numbers she chose were special, and represented family and friends’ birthdays.
It was previously revealed exactly how long it would take for the Powerball winner to receive their money.
According to The Lott spokesperson Anna Hobdell, the winner will only have to wait two weeks to start enjoying their new fortune.
“There would be no better way to end the final months of 2023 (than) with a division one win in the bank on October 19 — it would undoubtedly set the family up for a magical Christmas season,” Hobdell said.
The Daylesford woman shed some light on how she intended to use some of the prize money.
“I think a lot of charities might benefit – especially those that help disadvantaged children,” she said.
“This prize will help a lot of people out.
“It’s my main goal.”
There were also seven division two winners in Thursday’s Powerball draw who took home $155,000 each.
In total, there have been 13 Powerball division one winning entries who have collectively won more than $454 million.
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