A hardworking Bendigo man came home on Friday afternoon to learn he was Australia’s newest millionaire after being told he had won $30 million on Powerball.
The Victorian man in his 50s was the only division one winner from Thursday’s draw, but he was busy at work all day and couldn’t receive the call from the Tatts officials to hear the life-changing news.
“I’ve just knocked off work and come home,” the man said.
“My wife had just checked the ticket online and came screaming out the door. I said ‘don’t get your hopes up’, but I guess it’s true.
“I’ve never been a rich man and have worked hard all my life, so this is going to make a huge difference to us.
“It’s a lot of money! I don’t know what to say.”
The winner says he watches Millionaire Hot Seat every night and has always fantasised about being a millionaire.
“Other than my wedding day, this is the best day of my life,” he said.
The Bendigo man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the only luck he has ever had was being a part of his “beautiful family”, having only ever won a max $90 in his lifetime.
“I might retire and go round Australia,” he said. “We’ll have to buy a new car too. I’ve never owned a new car.
“We rent so I’d love to own my own house. I was going to buy a house with my super when I retired, but now I can finally buy my first home.
“I’m going to have to let this sink in a bit! It’s unbelievable.”
In 2018, there were 16 Powerball division one winning entries nationally that collectively took home $367 million.
Earlier this year, a Sydney woman pocketed $107.57 million in a record Powerball draw and was unsurprisingly shocked when she was contacted by the lottery officials.
“I don’t understand — is this actually real?” she said. “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it. Is this a trick?”
The registered player also misheard the eye-watering figure, thinking she had walked away with just $107,000.
“Wait — are you telling me I’ve won $107 million? Oh my god. That is just so much money,” she told Australia’s official lottery provider over the phone.
The woman, a healthcare provider, revealed she wouldn’t be quitting her job.
She was planning to share her winnings with her family, give “a whole slab of money” to her favourite charity and perhaps even “buy a caravan and travel around”.
“I’m so passionate about my job. It will drive me to do more health work for causes important to me,” she told The Lott. “I’m not quite sure what to do, but of course, I will be helping my family.”