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Brisbane Woman Wins $40 Million Powerball Jackpot

Last Updated: Friday 16 October 2020, 10:00 am

A woman from Taringa in Brisbane has revealed that she ‘woke up with a weird feeling that she was going to win Powerball’ the morning she went on to land a jackpot worth $40 million. She is now looking forward to quitting her job and travelling around Australia.

The lucky lady matched the numbers 2, 7, 9, 15, 27, 31 and 32, plus the Powerball of 7, in the eagerly-anticipated draw on Thursday 15 October. The top prize had shot up to $40 million after just three rollovers and players across the country rushed to take part.

The Queensland winner was the only ticket holder to match the full line, while she also managed to win 19 times in the second division with the system entry she purchased online. This boosted her total payout to $40,532,533.90, and she was in a state of shock when she took a call from lottery officials later on Thursday to confirm the news.

She said: “My heart is about to beat through my chest. You have no idea what this means to me. It’s a dream come true. I am feeling so breathless. I think I might faint or throw up!”

‘I feel so free’

The woman, who has decided to stay anonymous, admitted that it would take some time for the ‘insane’ news to sink in, even though she had been strangely confident all day that a big win was coming her way.

“You wouldn’t believe it, but this morning I woke up with a weird feeling that I was going to win Powerball,” she recalled. “I made sure I kept my phone on charge and that I would be ready to answer your phone call.

“I can’t believe this is happening. My mind is all over the place. I can’t stop shaking. I feel so free. I am going to go and wake up my family. I can’t wait to tell them!”

Asked about how she might spend her money, the winner was excited about all the opportunities that were now open to her and how she would be able to support her loved ones after such a tough time.

“I am going to get a house and I want to share it with my family,” she said. “I will also help some of my friends that have done so much for me.

“I am going to retire too and then I will spend my time travelling around Australia, instead of working. What can’t I do?”

There have now been 10 winners of the Powerball jackpot this year, who have received more than $400 million between them. The top prize will reset to $3 million for next Thursday’s draw, while there are also other big jackpots to aim for throughout the week. 

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