The search for Australia’s newest multi-millionaire is over after a Queensland man checked his lotto ticket to discover he’s the mystery $50 million Powerball winner.
The man from Mackay in the state’s north held the only division one winning entry in Powerball draw 1292 on Thursday.
But Lotto officials couldn’t track down the unknown winner because the ticket wasn’t registered to a playing card.
Thankfully the man checked his ticket, left in his wallet, after hearing about about the jackpot going off.
When lottery officials confirmed the life-changing news with the man on Monday morning, he admitted he was in a complete state of shock.
Thankfully the man checked his ticket after hearing about about the jackpot going off
The man from Mackay in the state’s north held the only division one winning entry in Powerball draw 1292 on Thursday
‘I’m thinking about all the times I decided to quit smoking and now I need a cigarette to calm down,’ he laughed.
‘I had the ticket in my wallet since I bought it. I heard someone in Mackay had won but of course I never thought it could be me.
‘I checked my ticket on the app yesterday and my mind went blank. I’m still shaking. My brain is going at a million miles an hour.
‘I only buy a ticket every now and again but I’ve always thought there may only be a tiny chance of winning the big one, but you need to be in it to win it.’
When asked what he thought he might do with the money, the man admitted he hadn’t even contemplated the idea he could become an overnight millionaire.
‘I’ve never really given it much thought. I never thought I’d have to think about what to do with $50 million,’ he said.
‘I’ll still be showing up to work this week, but I don’t know if I will keep working. I’ll be taking care of my parents, I know that much at least.
‘Owning my own home would probably be the craziest thing I’ve ever thought about doing with a lottery win.’
The man also said he would be sharing his winnings with his immediate family.
‘I know this is a big life changing thing. I have a lot of big decisions to make but I will take some time to wrap my head around everything,’ he said.
‘I won’t forget this moment for the rest of my life!’
When asked what he thought he might do with the money, the man admitted he hadn’t even contemplated the idea he could become an overnight millionaire