FNQ man the sole winner of $40m Powerball jackpot
One man has claimed the entire $40 million Powerball jackpot from last Thursday night’s draw.
News.com.au reports the man from Far North Queensland snared the division one prize, with the winner’s PowerHit entry also scoring division two 19 times, bolstering his total prize to $40,430,542.90.
The new millionaire stuck to routine as his first order of business, opting for a shower.
“I won’t be able to sleep tonight!” the winner said.
“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.
“Then I had another look and I look again. Then I went and had a shower.”
The healthcare worker confessed he was eyeing an early retirement and planned to use his windfall to buy a new home, travel around Australia and share with his family.
The happy man wishes to remain anonymous and purchased his winning entry at the newsXpress shop in Edge Hill.
The numbers on the winning ticket were 1, 12, 3, 2, 25, 13 and 23 with a Powerball of 1.
The jackpot soared as no entry held the seven winning numbers and all-important Powerball for the past five weeks.
13 division two winners across the country won during that time.
Those players had entries with all the right numbers – except for the Powerball, which is needed to become an overnight multi-millionaire.
The Lott spokesman Matt Hart said this recent division one winner would join the 12 other Australians who have won a multimillion-dollar Powerball prize so far this year.
“2019 has been a historic year for Powerball, with record-breaking jackpots offered and a delighted dozen receiving more than $477.5 million worth of lifechanging prize money,” he said.
Trio of lucky punters share Powerball prize
In September this year, a trio of lucky lotto players shared in a record Powerball prize jackpot.
9 News reported that an inner-city Brisbane man and a Sydney dad are multi millionaires after taking home a share of Thursday’s record breaking $150m Powerball draw.
However, a mystery Ipswich shopper, the third winner, was yet to come forward, as of September.
As the Queensland entry was not registered, officials have no way to contact the ticket holder.
The Lott officials this morning revealed the third, currently unclaimed division one winning entry was sold at newsXpress Brassall, Shop 16 Brassall Shopping Village, Hunter Street, Brassall.
Anyone who purchased an entry into Powerball draw 1218 from newsXpress Brassall is urged to check their ticket immediately.
“Oh my god! I can’t believe it,” newsXpress Brassall owner Devinder Bassie said.
“Everyone has been wondering where it was sold and I can’t wait to let everyone know it was us.
“I’m hoping it is a local to the area and a regular customer, but we are thrilled for whoever holds that winning ticket.”
The two other winners, from in Brisbane and Sydney, quickly came forward to claim their prizes.
The three shared the first division prize of $150 million, meaning they each take home $50 million.
The winning numbers were 26, 4, 17, 5, 18, 8 and 31, and the Powerball was 9.
While the trio were the only division one winners, there were 4,648,101 other wins across other divisions, who collectively took home more than $81.87 million.
There were 18 division two winners, who won almost $126,000 each.
It is the highest jackpot since the last record was set with a $100 million draw in August last year.
In January, yet another lottery record was broken when one Sydney woman won the entire division one prize pool of $107 million.