A young healthcare worker from Queensland has become Australia’s newest multi-millionaire after scooping the entire $40 million jackpot overnight.
The shocked Cairns man held the only division one winning entry nationally, and also managed to nab division two 19 times, bolstering his total prize to a whopping $40,430,542.90.
After realising he had won, the man admitted all he could think of to celebrate was to take a… shower.
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“I thought I would check my ticket before bed. I was quite calm. I knew I had some of the numbers and thought I might have won division six,” he said.
“Then I had another look and thought ‘no, you b******s are wrong!’. I had a look again. Then I went and had a shower.”
The winner credited his beloved cat for alerting him to the confirmation call from Golden Casket.
“It feels fantastic. It’s still very hard to accept, but you’ve rung me now so it must be true,” he said.
“Actually, when the phone rang, my cat ran over to the phone. She never does that. I was really surprised. That’s why I answered the phone.
“It’s hard to believe only one person won it and that one person is me!
“It’s amazing. You dream about these things but when it happens you don’t believe it.”
The happy man, who wishes to remain anonymous, says he will sharing the prize money with family.
“I’ll be sharing this with my family. I will buy a new house and go on holidays. I think I’m going to retire early too,” he said.
The winning numbers in Thursday’s Powerball draw were 1, 12, 3, 2, 25, 13 and 23 and the lucky Powerball was number 1.