Powerball jackpot claimed by two Queenslanders and one NSW winner


Updated

September 20, 2019 14:56:42

A man from inner Brisbane and a Sydney dad have come forward as two of the three winners who will share the record-breaking $150 million Powerball jackpot.

The Brisbane man was the first to claim his $50 million slice of the winnings, calling the gaming organisation The Lott this morning after a sleepless night.

He repeatedly asked if it was him, and could not believe his luck.

“I am so incredibly overwhelmed,” he said.

“I checked my ticket late last night after the draw.

“I’ve been wide awake ever since. I couldn’t sleep at all.

“But I really didn’t want to get my hopes up.

“I can’t believe it. I really can’t believe it.”

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought the lucky ticket at Mater News Central in South Brisbane.

He is planning to build a house and take time off work to visit family and travel.

“The rest, I’m going to have to wait and see,” he said.

A Sydney dad and his family are still trying to get their heads around the news after checking their winning ticket this morning.

“My god. I just told my wife. She was getting the kids ready for school and she does not believe me,” he said.

“I can’t believe it.

“I am speechless.”

The man, who also wishes to remain anonymous, only decided to buy a ticket last-minute online because everyone at work his work was buying tickets.

“I thought, ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’,” he said.

“I think I might have to take the day off work to calm down and think about how I will use this prize.

“There’s no way I’d be able to concentrate.”

The last division one winner is still out there, after buying the ticket from an undisclosed location in Ipswich.

The Lott’s Lauren Cooney said the organisation will give the player another 24 hours before disclosing where the last ticket was bought in Ipswich.

“This player, they may be an Ipswich resident, maybe they were passing through,” she said.

“Ipswich is certainly no stranger to big jackpot wins.

“In July this year, we saw an Ipswich mum take home $40 million in Oz Lotto.”

The winning numbers were: 26, 4, 17, 5, 18, 8, 31 and a Powerball of 9.

There were also 18 division-two winners in last night’s draw who have won almost $126,000 each.

While the overnight prize pool itself was record-breaking, it has not exceed the biggest individual lottery win, which was $107 million taken home by a Sydney woman in January, 2019.

Mater News Central owner Yi Jia said he was overjoyed they sold one of the life-changing tickets.

“This is the first division one winning entry we’ve ever sold so we are thrilled,” he exclaimed.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s such a great feeling. I’m so excited.”

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September 20, 2019 09:05:27





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