A man from Canberra in Australia has been having sleepless nights since discovering he was the winner of the $50m jackpot in the Thursday 7 June Australian Powerball draw.
The lucky Australian Powerball winner is in his 30s but has asked to remain anonymous, just like the recent $559.7m Powerball winner from New Hampshire, USA who went to court to ensure her name wasn’t revealed
This latest Australian Powerball millionaire said that he has been ‘dumbfounded’ since he discovered his ticket had won the jackpot. In Michigan, USA, Edmond Nicaj couldn’t stop jumping around after discovering his $1m Powerball win.
The excited Australian Powerball winner received a phone call from the lottery on Friday morning asking if he was aware that he’d won the jackpot. He sure was and said that he hadn’t slept a wink. That’s just like the winner of a $15,000 Mega Millions prize in Maryland, USA.
When asked how he plans to spend his Australian Powerball winnings, the Canberra resident said that he needed the enormity of his big win to sink in first. However, it seems that retirement may be on the cards. He didn’t go to work on Friday after discovering he’d become a lottery millionaire. In Scotland, Raymond Storey quit his job as a lorry driver just two minutes after finding out about his £1m EuroMillions win.
An Australian Powerball spokesman said the lucky jackpot winner said he couldn’t stop smiling, so if anyone ‘saw someone on the streets of Canberra grinning from ear to ear, that could be our winner.’
The lucky player had the only division one winning entry in Thursday’s draw, so he scooped the entire Australian Powerball jackpot. The winning numbers in the draw were 14-22-23-24-30-32-34 and the Powerball 09. His ticket was purchased online which is just how a player from East Sussex in England won a £1m EuroMillions prize.
The big win comes just weeks after major changes were made to the Australian Powerball draw. This saw players needing to choose seven main balls rather than six and then choose a Powerball number.
The $50m Australian Powerball jackpot win is the second largest win by a single Australian entry this year. His win falls short of the record for the largest Australian Powerball win by one person. That record stays with a player from Hervey Bay who won a $70m Australian Powerball jackpot two years ago.
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