Woman scoops entire $100 MILLION Powerball jackpot

A Sydney mother has become Australia’s newest millionaire, scooping the entire $100 million Powerball jackpot overnight.

The shocked healthcare worker held the only division one winning entry in the country, re-writing the record books and setting Australian lottery history as the biggest individual prize ever won.

Remarkably, the woman’s prize was boosted to a phenomenal $107,575,649.08 due to the number of entries purchased in Thursday’s much-anticipated draw.

When receiving the life changing news, the woman, aged in her 40s, just couldn’t believe her luck.

“I don’t understand what is going on!” she exclaimed hysterically.

“I’ve had such a tumultuous day, so I don’t know where I am and what I am doing!

“I don’t understand – is this actually real?

“I don’t believe it! I don’t believe it! Is this a trick?”

The woman admitted that she initially thought she had won $107,000.

“Oh my god, $107,000! That’s amazing!”

“Wait – are you telling me I’ve won $107 million!? Oh my god! That is just so much money!”

When asked how she planned to spend her mind-blowing windfall, the hard-working winner revealed her beloved family was first and foremost in her mind.

“I’m a healthcare professional but I won’t be retiring! I’m so passionate about my job. It will drive me to do more health work for causes important to me,” she said.

“I’ll be sharing it with my family. I thought of my family when I purchased the ticket!

“I’m not quite sure what to do but of course I will be helping my family.

“I’ll be giving my favourite charity some money! They’ll get a whole slab of money!

“The win gives me the chance to go and do the things I’ve always wanted to do.

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

The regular player, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her 12-game marked entry online at thelott.com.

Australian Open

Gold Coast tennis star Kim Birrell through to Aus Open third round after major upset

Rising Gold Coast tennis star Kim Birrell has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open after an upset win over Croatia’s Donna Vekic.

The 20-year-old, ranked 240 in the world, defeated the 29th seed in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in what is by far the biggest moment of her career.

Birrell looked in some trouble in the second set when she was down a double break.

She recovered before Vekic eventually took the match to a decider.

That’s where Birrell piled on the pressure, cruising through the final set to take out the match.

Today’s win comes just two weeks after the biggest scalp of her career when she defeated world number 10 Daria Kasatkina at the Brisbane International.

Birrell who grew up training at her parent’s Queens Park Tennis Centre in Southport has had an up and down time during her short career.

She had a lengthy stint on the sideline after undergoing surgery for an elbow injury in 2016.

She returned to playing in February last year but struggled to return to her best before hitting some form late last year.

Birrell will now play the winner of tonight’s match between Angelique Kerber and Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Smoke forces evacuation of Surfers high rise

Dozens of people have been evacuated from a Surfers Paradise high rise after smoke filled part of the building.

The drama started on the 21st floor of the Imperial Surf complex on The Esplanade around 7pm prompting several Triple Zero calls.

Residents and holidaymakers, many of them young families were forced out onto the street.

Four fire crews attended the scene along with Police and paramedics.

It’s understood food left on a stove in one of the apartments sparked the emergency, filling several floors with smoke.

The Imperial Surf building in Surfers Paradise evacuated after smoke filled the complex

A senior fire officer told occupants gathered outside that the smoke didn’t trigger the fire alarm which had to be manually activated to force the evacuation.

No one has been injured in the incident.

Cyclist

Riders hospitalised after cyclist pileup on Gold Coast

THREE cyclists have been injured in a collision at Mermaid Waters this morning.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said emergency crews were called to a “multi-bicycle crash” at the intersection of Bermuda Street and Markeri Street just after 7.00am.

The three cyclists were assessed on scene by paramedics for minor injuries including cuts and grazes.

The trio have since been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Train

Track fault sparks Gold Coast line train delays

Gold Coast line trains are experiencing delays this morning due to a track fault at Coomera.

Translink advised customers of the disruption in a statement on their website just after 6.50am.

Passengers are being warned to expect delays of up to 20 minutes.