A Melbourne grandmother has won $20 million in Powerball after her husband said “don’t bother” buying a ticket.
The woman, from Truganina in the city’s west, held the only division one winning entry in the country on Thursday’s draw and checked her ticket just before bedtime.
After finding out she was now a multi-millionaire, she said she could only sleep for about 40 minutes over the whole night.
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“I was sitting in the lounge room, and I checked the winning numbers before going to bed, and I didn’t believe it,” the winner told The Lott on Friday morning.
“I couldn’t get out of the chair. I couldn’t go to the toilet. I couldn’t move. It was so surreal.”
The winning numbers in draw 1369 were 30, 23, 9, 22, 5, 28 and 18. The Powerball number was 3.
When the grandmother went to purchase her ticket at Wyndham Village Lotto & News in Tarneit she said her husband told her not to bother as there was no chance they would win.
“I guess I’ve proved him wrong,” she said.
“I decided to mix things up, and instead of putting my usual three to four games on, I decided to get a Powerhit consisting of special numbers that mean the most to me.
“I’ve never expected to win anything big. I usually land three numbers, but never anything more.”
The woman said she wants to use some of her win to travel around Australia via train.
She is also keen to help all her children and grandchildren buy houses.
The owner of the shop where the ticket was purchased said he had not slept either after learning of the win.
“It’s truly a special day for us, and we’re absolutely over the moon,” Mahesh Thakur said.
“We’ve sold division one winning entries in all other lottery games, except for Powerball. It’s been a long time coming, and now we have a full set of division one wins.”
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 272 so far this year.