A GRANDFATHER who purchased a ticket in last week’s Powerball draw says he was a “little teary” after learning he’d won $3 million.
The ticket was one of two division one winning entries in draw 1134 on February 8.
The winner, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased the 50-game Quickpick at Camden Newsagency, southwest of Sydney, and placed it in his wallet.
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The man had only checked his ticket on Friday afternoon, seven days later, after it was revealed that the prize was yet to be claimed.
Speaking to a NSW Lotteries official, the man said he was shocked, excited and emotional after learning he became a multi-millionaire a week ago.
He admitted the winning ticket had been in his wallet the whole time.
“Well, what do I say, I’m pretty teary, yeah. We’re a bit excited” he said.
“My wife has registered tickets but on quite a few occasions I go to the shops and buy tickets myself and stick them in my wallet. And sometimes they remain there for some time.
“I thought I had a chance of winning like everybody else but it’s still a shock.”
The generous family man said he looked forward to sharing his win with his children.
“We’ll have to have a think about what we’ll do with the prize — probably share it with the kids,” he said.