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.
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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.