‘Overwhelmed’ grandmother comes forward as the final winner of the Powerball $150million jackpot – and you won’t believe what she wants to spend the money on
- Grandmother has come forward as the final winner of the Powerball jackpot
- Ipswich retiree said she would spend the money on her family and a Mustang
- The Lott narrowed the mystery winner’s location down a suburb in Brisbane
- The $150million prize was also won by a Sydney dad and a Brisbane man
An ‘overwhelmed’ grandmother has come forward as the final winner of the $150 million Powerball jackpot.
The woman from Ipswich, Queensland, said she’d been putting off checking her ticket because she assumed someone else would claim the $50million prize.
But on Thursday, after hearing the ticket had been bought at a newsXpress newsagent in Brassal, she decided to check if she’d won.
The retiree said she would share the prize with her siblings, kids and grandchildren – making them all instant millionaires.
‘I’ve always dreamt if one day I won Powerball, I’d buy myself a Mustang! So I’ll definitely be doing that!’ she added.
Three people won a share of Powerball’s record-breaking $150 million draw last Thursday, taking home $50 million each (stock image)
‘If you discover you’re holding the division one winning entry, hold on tight to that ticket and phone us as soon as possible so that we can start the prize claim process,’ she said.
Queensland Times reported the mystery winner bought their ticket from a newsXpress newsagent in Brassal, Ipswich.
The lucky local wasn’t registered so officials have no way of contacting them, but shop owner Dave Bassi said he believed the ticket holder might be an elderly customer who hadn’t paid attention to the news.
‘It could be someone who comes in once a week who is a regular customer,’ he said.
‘Hopefully they’ll come along this week. It could even be someone who has done it for the first time and they’re not familiar with the game.
The Sydney dad who won a share of the prize woke up last 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.’
While a Sydney dad and a Brisbane man came forward to collect their winnings, the third share has remained unclaimed (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.’
In addition to the three big winners, there were also eighteen division-two winners who scored almost $126,000 each.
Ms Cooney revealed the division one win is the second this year for Ipswich after a local mum scored $40 million in Oz Lotto in June.
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 the previous 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 Lott narrowed down the search for the Sunshine State’s second multi-millionaire to Ipswich in the southwest of Brisbane (stock image)