The mystery winner of the $50million Powerball jackpot is still yet to come forward but the lucky shop where the ticket was bought has been revealed.
A Brisbane man and a Sydney father have already stepped forward to claim their share in the record breaking $150million lottery that was drawn on Thursday night.
But the final winning ticket, purchased at newsXpress Brassall, in Ipswich, Queensland wasn’t registered to the player, giving the Lott’s officials no way of tracking down the soon-to-be millionaire.
A Sydney dad woke up Friday morning and checked his ticket (pictured), discovering the life-changing news
‘While we haven’t been able to confirm the news with our mystery Ipswich winner, we can guarantee that when they discover the news, their life is going to change dramatically,’ The Lott’s spokeswoman Bronwyn Spencer said.
‘Make sure you check your entry as soon as possible because you may not have to go to work on Monday. Instead, you could start planning how you can play by your own rules and begin your life as a newly-minted multi-millionaire.’
Devinder Bassie, owner of newsXpress Brassall, couldn’t believe his store had sold the winning ticket.
‘Oh my god! I can’t believe it!’ Mr Bassie said.
‘Everyone has been wondering where it was sold and I can’t wait to let everyone know it was us.
‘I’m hoping it is a local to the area and a regular customer but we are thrilled for whoever holds that winning ticket!
‘We can’t wait to unite them with their prize!’
The Sydney dad who won a share of the prize woke up Friday morning to discover the life-changing news.
He said he was still trying to get his head around the fact he’d woken up a multi-millionaire.
‘I am speechless. How would anyone feel? I don’t even think this is real at the moment.
‘My god. I just told my wife. She was getting the kids ready for school and she does not believe me. I only bought my ticket last minute when I was at work yesterday because everyone else was buying them.
‘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 identities of the other multi-millionaire from Ipswich, Queensland remain a mystery (stock image)
The Brisbane man said he didn’t sleep after finding out he had won one-third of the jackpot.
When asked how he planned to enjoy his incredible $50 million prize, the man was overwhelmed with emotion.
‘Well I’d love to build a house,’ he said. ‘I’d really love to take some time off work to spend some quality time with my family and do some travelling.
‘The rest, I’m going to have to wait and see.
‘I need to let the news sink in.’
Lottery officials said around half of all adult Australians entered the Powerball draw, which eclipses the previous record prize of $107.6 million which went off in January (file image)
In addition to the three big winners, there were also eighteen division-two winners who scored almost $126,000 each.
The winning numbers were 26, 4, 17, 5, 18, 8, 31 and the Powerball was 9.
The prize jackpotted from $100million after no winners claimed the first division prize in last week’s draw.
Lottery officials said around half of all adult Australians entered the Powerball draw, which eclipses the previous record prize of $107.6 million which went off in January.
The Powerball website temporarily crashed last night as punters raced to get last minute online tickets in the record prize draw.
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 266 so far this year.
Hopefuls can try again next Tuesday with the Oz Lotto offering $15million while another Powerball draw will see $3million up for grabs on Thursday.