Health worker claims the entire $40million Powerball jackpot – as he reveals his surprising first move after learning he’s a multimillionaire
- The winning numbers were 1, 12, 3, 2, 25, 13 and 23 – and the Powerball was 1
- He also won $430,542.90 after his PowerHit entry won division two 19 times
- The ecstatic man said he tried to comprehend his win by taking a shower
A healthcare worker is $40million richer after winning the entire Powerball jackpot.
The man from Cairns in Far North Queensland scored the division one prize in Thursday night’s draw.
But he raked in an additional $430,542.90 after his PowerHit entry won division two 19 times.
He looked at his winning numbers in disbelief and mulled over his jackpot – by taking a shower.
A healthcare worker from Far North Queensland is $40million richer after winning Thursday’s Powerball (stock image)
‘I thought I would check my ticket before bed. I was quite calm. I knew I had some of the numbers and thought I might have won division six,’ he said.
‘Then I had another look and thought ”no, you b******s are wrong!”. I had a look again. Then I went and had a shower.’
The numbers for Thursday’s draw 1227 were 1, 12, 3, 2, 25, 13 and 23 – and the Powerball was 1.
The ecstatic man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the winning PowerHit entry at newsXpress Edge Hill on Collins Avenue in Edge Hill.
Shop owner Maxine Hare said this was the store’s sixth division one sold within the 16 years that the newsagent had been opened.
The healthcare worker said he tried to comprehend his unexpected win by taking a shower (stock image)
The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said any division one winners tonight would join the 12 other Australians who have won a multi-million-dollar Powerball prize so far this year.
‘2019 has been a historic year for Powerball, with record-breaking jackpots offered and a delighted dozen receiving more than $477.5 million worth of life-changing prize money,’ he said.
‘But the year isn’t over yet! We’re eagerly anticipating our next Powerball division one winner, who will be our 13th for the year. Being 13th never sounded so good!
‘Will we crown that winner tonight? Only time will tell.’