UPDATE @10.00am | A BRISBANE man admits he ‘hasn’t slept a wink’ after finally come forward as one of the three lucky winners of last night’s $150 million Powerball jackpot.
The man bought his winning ticket from Mater News Central in South Brisbane and told lotto officials he plans to spend his $50 million win on building a home and overseas travel.
“I checked my ticket late last night after the draw. I’ve been wide awake ever since. I couldn’t sleep at all. But I really didn’t want to get my hopes up,” the lucky winner told officials.
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“I can’t believe it. Are you sure it’s me? Are you positive?
“You buy a ticket into these draws but never think it is actually going to be you.
“I can’t believe it. I really can’t believe it.”
“I’d love to build a house and I’d really love to take some time off work to spend some quality time with my family and do some travelling.
“The rest, I’m going to have to wait and see. I need to let the news sink in!”
Mater News Central owner Yi Jia said he was overjoyed his outlet had sold a division one winning entry.
“This is the first division one winning entry we’ve ever sold so we are thrilled!” he exclaimed.
“It’s unbelievable! It’s such a great feeling! I’m so excited!
“I feel like I’ve won division one knowing one of our customers will be so happy!
“Congratulations to our winner!”
A Sydney dad has also come forward as one of the winners and said he is still trying to get his head around the news.
“I am speechless,” he told The Lott.
“My god. I just told my wife. She was getting the kids ready for school and she does not believe me!
“I only bought my ticket last minute when I was at work yesterday because everyone else was buying them!
“I thought, ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’ so I bought one. And I am so glad I did!
“I think I might have to take the day off work to calm down and think about how I will use this prize. There’s no way I’d be able to concentrate!”
The Lott spokesperson Lauren Cooney said she was eagerly waiting for the Sunshine State’s other multi-millionaire to check their ticket and make contact to start the process of claiming their prize.
“We were so thrilled to hear from these two winner this morning and so happy that they’ve checked their tickets and made this life-changing discovery,” she said.
“We’re still waiting to hear from our second Queensland winner. So, if you’re in Queensland and you had an entry into last night’s draw, you have fifty million reasons why you should check your ticket as soon as possible.
“If you discover you’re holding the division one winning entry, hold on tight to that ticket and phone 131 868 as soon as possible so that we can start the prize claim process!”
EARLIER @ 6.00am | Check your tickets now people… because three lucky Aussies have all won a share in last night’s record-breaking $150 million Powerball jackpot.
Two people from Queensland and one person from New South Wales have no idea they’re about to become $50 million richer after taking home division one.
The identities of the two Queensland multi-millionaires remain a mystery as both entries were not registered to a player card, which means lottery officials have no way of reaching out to the pair.
The identity of the New South Wales division one winner also currently remains a mystery, as lottery officials have so far been unable to get hold of the online player.
The Lott spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer said she was eagerly waiting for the country’s three newest multi-millionaires to check their tickets and make contact to start the process of claiming their prize.
“We are thrilled to see three division one winning entries share this record-breaking jackpot tonight,” she said.
“Of course we were hoping to reach out to these winners tonight to break the incredible news but unfortunately the two Queensland division one winning entries are unregistered and so far we have been unable to get in touch with the New South Wales online winner.
“These three players have become overnight mid-week multi-millionaires but possibly don’t know it yet.”
Ms Spencer urged anyone who purchased a ticket to check it ASAP.
“There are 50 million reasons why all Queensland players and New South Wales online players who had an entry into tonight’s draw should check their tickets,” she said.
“If you discover you’re holding one of the division one winning entries, hold on tight to that ticket and phone 131 868 as soon as possible so that we can start the prize claim process!”
In addition to the three $50 million division one winners, there were 4,648,104 winners across divisions two to nine took home more than $81.87 million between them.
The winning numbers were 26, 4, 17, 5, 18, 8 and 31, while the all-important Powerball number was 9.