THE winner of Australia’s $55 million Powerball jackpot has finally come forward to claim their price following an almost six month nation-wide search.
The elusive winner from Melbourne stepped forward on Wednesday, 175 days after the winning numbers were read out in Powerball’s draw 1130 on January 11.
But exactly who the winner is, where they’ve been and what they plan to do with their multi-million-dollar payday will forever remain a mystery as they have chosen to remain completely anonymous.
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The $55 million was due to be transferred to the Victorian State Revenue Office in just seven days, with players given six months to claim their prize directly from Tatts under Victorian regulations.
The winning numbers for the draw – which offered Australia’s highest lottery jackpot in more than a year – were 32, 7, 5, 34, 38 and 11, while the all-important Powerball number was 12.
The lucky 50-game QuickPick entry was purchased from Scole Lotto & News at Brunswick.
But as the entry was unregistered, Tatts had no way of contacting them with the life-changing news.
Powerball spokesperson Bronnie Spencer said she was ecstatic the winner had finally come forward.
“We’re in the business of paying prizes so it’s an absolute pleasure to finally deliver this multi-million dollar win to the rightful owner,” she said.
“It’s fair to say this is the prize that has captured the imagination of the nation during the past five months.
“Everyone has been wondering who the mystery winner is and also dreaming what they would do with the prize.
“While the prize has been claimed, the mystery continues as the reason behind the delay in coming forward has not be revealed. Nor will we know exactly how the winner’s multi-million-dollar dreams have come true.”
Scole Lotto & News owner Sam Misiano said he was relieved the search for the winner was over.
“Oh my god! That is just fantastic” he exclaimed as he exhaled a huge sigh.
“What a relief! We still won’t know who bought the ticket, if it was a regular or a visitor but it’s just great knowing that it has been claimed and they can enjoy it.
“What fantastic news. Good on them! $55 million bucks for them to enjoy. I’m so happy!
“It has been a crazy few months but now we can relax knowing it has been claimed by the rightful winner!”
Tatts has reminded players of the importance of registering their tickets to a Tatts Card so all of their prizes are secure and they can be contacted directly with the good news of a big win.