Aussie battler claims $40million Powerball prize and reveals her incredible plan for the money after being GIFTED the ticket: ‘I’ve barely slept’
A woman who won the $40million Powerball jackpot has revealed how her and her family’s lives have been changed forever.
The winner, who is from St Albans in Melbourne, took home $40million division one prize after the numbers on her ticket were drawn last Thursday.
She split an $80million jackpot with another player from New South Wales whose numbers were drawn in the other division one entry.
The woman relayed her shock about the win on Monday morning and how her and her family were still struggling to process receiving $40million.
‘I’m still shocked. I’ve barely slept since I discovered the win,’ she told The Lott.
‘It’s hard to put the feeling of knowing you’ve won $40 million into words. I don’t think it’s truly hit me yet.
The Melbourne woman revealed that her ticket had actually been a gift and she didn’t check the numbers immediately.
‘When I did check it though, I immediately called out to my family and they were just as shocked as I was,’ she continued. ‘There were definitely plenty of cheers and tears!
‘First and foremost, I’ll be looking to help my family and share it with them. I’ll need some time, though to think about what else to do.
‘I’ll obviously buy a home, and I’d love to travel to Japan and the United States. I’d love to go everywhere!
‘You always wonder about what you would do if something like this were to happen, and now it has happened, I have no idea what to do!
‘It’s such a blessing, but I need to really shit down and just process it now. It’s life-changing, and I just can’t believe it’s happened to me.
‘I’m so thankful.’
Her winning 8-game QuickPick entry was purchased at Sunshine Marketplace Lotto, Kiosk 1 Sunshine Marketplace, 80 Harvester Road, Sunshine.
Sunshine Marketplace Lotto owner Yen Le-Mai said she felt like she’d won the $40 million jackpot when she realised one of the division one winning tickets had been sold at her store.
‘I was oblivious to it until a friend of mine contacted me to congratulate me on selling the winning ticket,’ she said.
‘At that moment, I felt I’d personally won. I was so excited and overwhelmed by the news.
‘I’ll be celebrating this incredible event with balloons and decorations for my store and letting all my customers know about this exciting win.
‘It’s created such a buzz. All of our customers are so happy for us but are especially happy for their fellow customer who won!
‘I want to wish the winner all the best for the future. I’m sure they’ll be able to do whatever they like with their prize of $40 million.’
The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1357 on Thursday 19 May 2022 were 15, 34, 5, 11, 28, 8, 27. The all-important Powerball number was 3.
Across Australia, there were two division one winning entries in Powerball draw 1357 – One each in New South Wales and Victoria.
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 173 so far this calendar year, including 69 won by Tatts customers.
In 2021, 14 Powerball division one winners across Australia pocketed more than $550.1 million in prize money.
During this time, Powerball offered an $80 million jackpot three times – the biggest prize offered by any Australian lottery game during the year.
Of the 14 Powerball division one winning entries in 2021, seven landed in New South Wales, four in Queensland, two in Victoria and one in Western Australia.