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.