A 41-year-old mother of two, from the Western suburbs of Sydney, Australia, no longer has to worry about money troubles and plans to indulge in a little luxury after winning AUD$15.63 million in Powerball.
The self-employed winner, who wants to remain anonymous, paid just $11.55 for the winning ticket in yesterday’s draw.
“We’re struggling at the moment, don’t worry about that,” she said to a NSW Lotteries official. “This is going to make a big difference to our lives.
“I’ll use the money to pay off our mortgage and help family and friends. I’d also like to help some charities.
“There are lots of things that we couldn’t do before that we can do now.”
The still sceptical winner said she is also dreaming of spending her windfall on luxury cars, overseas holidays and special Christmas presents for her two teenage boys.
“Until I’ve seen the cheque I won’t believe it 100 per cent,” she said.
“I’m still not sure if it’s really true, but if I could have my dream car it would be a Range Rover Sport.
“We had looked at buying a new car recently, just normal family cars, but they seemed so overpriced. Now I don’t have to worry how much I pay. “I’d also like to take the family on a holiday to Europe and the UK. This Christmas is looking a lot brighter, the kids will be getting something better under the tree this year than they would have before,” she joked.
The winning numbers in last night’s Powerball draw were 9, 14, 18, 36, and 45, with Powerball number 43. The winner had been playing the same numbers every week since Powerball started in 1996, before trying her luck with randomly selected autopick numbers a few years ago.
The move certainly paid off for the lucky winner.