The mystery Queenslander who won the entire $50 million Powerball jackpot has finally come forward, but declared he still plans to go to work this week, despite becoming a millionaire overnight.
The Mackay man said his ticket had been purchased on a whim and was sitting in his wallet, but he never thought he would take out the top prize.
He was so shocked he needed a cigarette to calm down when he discovered the life-changing news.
“I checked my ticket on the app yesterday and my mind went blank. It still is. I’m still shaking. My brain is going at a million miles an hour,” he said.
“I only buy a ticket every now and again but I’ve always thought there may only be a tiny chance of winning the big one, but you need to be in it to win it.”
The North Queenslander admitted he hadn’t contemplated the idea of what to do with $50 million, but plans to share his win with his immediate family.
“I’ll still be showing up to work this week, but I don’t know if I will keep working,” he said.
“I’ll be taking care of my parents, I know that much at least. I will be making sure of that.
“Owning my own home would probably be the craziest thing I’ve ever thought about doing with a lottery win.”
He admitted that he won’t forget the exciting news for the rest of his life.
“I know this is a big life-changing thing,” he said. “I have a lot of big decisions to make but I will take some time to wrap my head around everything.”
The winning entry was purchased at News Central in Rural View. Owner of News Central Louis Pastega said he was thrilled to know the winner had now come forward.
“There’s been plenty of excitement in store over the weekend, with plenty of people checking their Powerball tickets,” he said.
“We’re so happy to hear the winner now knows he’s $50 million richer and it’s great to know it’s gone to a local. We hope he really enjoys it.”
The winning numbers in Powerball draw were 13, 25, 30, 3, 19, 16 and 22. The all-important Powerball number was 10.
In 2020, 14 Powerball division one winners across Australia pocketed more than $470 million in prize money.
Last year, Powerball twice offered an $80 million jackpot – the biggest prize offered by any Australian lottery game during the year.
Of the 14 Powerball division one winning entries in 2020, six landed in Queensland, five in NSW and three in Victoria.
More money is up for grabs this week with Tuesday’s Oz Lotto offering $10 million, while Thursday’s Powerball has $8 million on the line.