A mother in her 40s is Australia’s biggest lottery winner of all time, after claiming the entire $107 million Powerball jackpot last night.
The woman from inner city Sydney, who chose to remain anonymous, was the only person in the country with all seven winning numbers and the Powerball.
She had purchased her 12-game marked entry online.
“I don’t understand what is going on!” she told the Lottery official when they called straight after the draw.
The woman was initially under the impression she had won $107,000.
“Oh my God, $107,000! That’s amazing!” she said.
“Wait – are you telling me I’ve won $107 million? Oh my God! That is just so much money.”
When asked how she planned to spend her windfall, the winner revealed her family was first and foremost in her mind.
“I’m a healthcare professional but I won’t be retiring. I’m so passionate about my job. It will drive me to do more health work for causes important to me,” she said.
“I’ll be sharing it with my family. I thought of my family when I purchased the ticket.
“I’m not quite sure what to do but of course I will be helping my family.
“I’ll be giving my favourite charity some money! They’ll get a whole slab of money.
“The win gives me the chance to go and do the things I’ve always wanted to do.
“We might buy a caravan and travel around too.”
The numbers drawn in Thursday night’s Powerball draw were 20, 18, 33, 22, 11, 26 and 4 and the Powerball was number 9.
The winner recounted how she came to hold the division one winning entry.
“It was so random. I just decided to log-on yesterday and mark an entry with some random numbers,” she said.
“I’m not sure how I will be able to sleep tonight, but for now I’m going to go have a cheap glass of chardonnay.”
The winner’s division one prize was boosted to the ridiculous $107,575,649.08 due to the high number of entries purchased in Thursday night’s draw.
Thursday’s draw also saw a total of 3,856,275 prizes worth more than $68.4 million won in divisions two to nine. This included 20 division two winning entries that each took home a division two prize of $94,792.90.