$40 Million Powerball Winner Finally Found After Phone Mix-Up
Last Updated: Friday, 30 April 2021, 11:26am
Both Powerball winners from the $80 million draw on 22nd April are now aware of their incredible success. One of the lucky players was contacted straight away, but the other had to wait a few days to find out.
Lottery operator The Lott had been unable to get in touch with one of the winners even though the entry had been registered to a player card. It turned out that one of the digits in the phone number that had been provided was incorrect.
But the winner, a man from Smithfield in Sydney, New South Wales, checked his ticket a few days later and was finally able to come forward. He is now coming to terms with the fact that he has suddenly become $40 million richer.
“I didn’t know I’d won,” he said. “I’d heard there was another Powerball winner they were trying to contact. “I even said to my friend, ‘we’ll never win, only old people win’.
“They said you’d been ringing but I didn’t get a call. There was a digit wrong on my mobile number. When I saw I’d won, I had tears running down my face. It’s a big win. It’s a big whirlwind!”
The man, who purchased his ticket from Dublin Street Newsagency, Shop 2 66 Dublin Street, Smithfield, is not yet sure how he will use his new-found wealth.
“I still can’t believe it,” he said. “I always thought a couple of million dollars would be good, but this is seven or eight times that amount.
“I’ve still turned up to work this week. I’ll pay off the mortgage and go from there.”
The other winner was a retired woman from Campbelltown, also in New South Wales, who revealed that she only bought a ticket because her grandson had said earlier in the week that ‘Grandma’s going to win the lotto’.
She said: “I’m a bit gobsmacked. I’m in shock. I can’t believe it. I’ve been playing for a long time. But you never think this is going to happen to you.”
The winning numbers for the Powerball draw on 22nd April were 10, 17, 19, 21, 26, 31 and 35, with a Powerball of 1. It was the biggest jackpot of the year. Keep up to date with the latest Powerball Results straight after every draw, and don’t miss out on the chance to win the next jackpot on Thursday.
Written by Lewis Rutledge