A Gold Coast man would have had sweet dreams last night, if he could even sleep at all, after finding out he had scooped the entire $60 million Powerball jackpot.
The retired man from Burleigh Heads held the only division one winning entry in all of the country, with the whopping prize the second largest won by a single entry in Australian lottery history.
When contacted by an official from the Lott last night, the bewildered winner couldn’t contain his disbelief.
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“Is this a joke? You’ve got to be kidding me surely!” he exclaimed through nervous laughter.
“That’s unbelievable! I’m a bit stunned. I don’t know what to say. I’m staggered. I can’t get my head around it.
“It’s a bit surreal really. To be honest, I’ve never thought about what I would do if I won $60 million.
“It’s a dream. You enter it and you don’t expect to win it.
“I’d better hang on tight to my ticket!”
The thrilled winner revealed that he had purchased his winning entry on a whim.
“Sometimes it’s a spur of the moment thing. I usually grab a ticket when there is a large jackpot,” he explained.
“I have been playing it on and off since the game started and have never won anything more than $600!”
When asked how he planned to spend his out-of-this-world Powerball windfall the self-confessed staggered bloke revealed it would be shared amongst his family.
“Most likely I will share it with my family and go on a real good holiday!” he exclaimed.
“I’m just staggered. I don’t know what to say.
“I’m retired, but I’m young enough that I will still have plenty of time to enjoy it.
“I’m over the moon. It’s just life-changing. I’m shaking.”
The thrilled winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning 50-game QuickPick entry from Nextra Burleigh Town News.
It is the first time the $60 million Powerball jackpot has been won since 2013.