Three Aussies Share In Massive $110 Million Powerball Jackpot
Three people are waking up $36 million richer this morning, after each winning a slice in the highest jackpot ever put up for grabs in Australia.
Thursday night's $110 million jackpot will be split among three lucky ticketholders in South Australia, Victoria and NSW.
That's a tidy sum of $36,666,666 each.
One of the recipients, a young Adelaide man, was contacted by Powerball on Thursday night with the good news.
“Wow,” he eventually said over the phone after a moment of stunned silence.
“Thank you so much! That is incredible. I can’t believe that. I am shaking so much. This is going to change so many lives!”
As well as winning the division one prize of $36 million, the South Australian also scored division two 19 times -- bringing his total winnings to $37,602,912.
When asked how he planned to spend his spoils, the winner said his family and charity were the priorities.
“I would love to take my family on a holiday!” he said.
“I’m not sure where exactly I’ll be going but I think a round-the-world trip might be on the cards. In fact, we could even do it first class!
“I’ll also pay off my family’s mortgages and donate heaps to charity.”
Whether or not the man showed up to work on Friday morning remains to be seen.
"I might quit my job," he laughed.
The other two winners have not yet been contacted, and Powerball is urging all entrants in NSW and Victoria to check their tickets.
"While the NSW entry was purchased online, unfortunately we don’t have their complete contact details so we are unable to make a mind-blowing phone call to them this evening," spokesperson Lott Bronwyn Spencer said.
The winning numbers from the draw were 6, 13, 1, 11, 23, 27 and 16, while the Powerball is 11.
In addition to the three division one winners, a total of 3,519,175 prizes worth more than $60.4 million were won in divisions two to nine.