A young Queensland University student has become an overnight multi-millionaire after winning a whopping $20 million in last night’s Powerball jackpot.
The man, in his 20s, will now be swapping his textbooks and exams for an early retirement after learning of the life-changing news.
The lucky Brisbane resident held the only division one winning entry across the country, taking home the entire $20 million jackpot.
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“Oh man! Oh my god! I can’t believe it!” he yelled when speaking with an official from The Lott overnight.
“I just checked my ticket. Who do you call first? I’ve been through my phone trying to call my family to tell them, but they’re all asleep! I’ll have to tell them in the morning, but they’ll see all these missed calls from me.
“It’s funny as all day I was meaning to get a Powerball ticket, but I was busy and never got to it. This evening, I kept thinking ‘ok, what am I forgetting?’, which is when I remembered to get my ticket before the draw closed.”
The man said he was no doubt going to have trouble going to sleep, knowing his life has now changed forever.
“Every time I’ve seen the news about a lottery winner, I’ve thought ‘that lucky guy, it’s going to be me next time’. I can’t believe it’s happened. Oh man!
“I don’t think I’m going to get much sleep tonight. I’ll have to watch a movie to calm myself down!”
The winner said he already had some initial plans for this $20 million prize, with a focus on family and friends.
“I’m never going to work again!” he exclaimed.
“People give their whole lives to work, but I’m going to put my family and friends first. I’m going to help them and surprise them – some have been through a tough year.
“There’s also some charities I support and now I’ll be able to give them even more.”
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning entry online at thelott.com.