Melbourne Man Wins $80 Million Powerball Jackpot
Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 August 2021, 09:18am
A man who lost his job during one of Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdowns has enjoyed a remarkable change of fortunes after winning Powerball’s $80 million First Division prize. He is now looking to help as many people as he can with his new-found wealth.
The $80 million put up for grabs in the eagerly-awaited draw on Thursday 12 August was the joint-largest lottery jackpot to have been seen in Australia all year, and officials expected around one in four adults to buy a ticket.
It turned out that only one ticket matched all the numbers - 4, 10, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 26, plus the Powerball of 7 - and that the entry had been purchased online by someone in Victoria. This equalled the record for the state’s biggest-ever win.
The winner, a middle-aged father from North Melbourne, checked his ticket late on the day of the draw and was so excited that he could not sleep afterwards. He was still in a jubilant mood when he was contacted by lottery officials the next day and told his story from the last year.
He said: “I lost my job during one of the many lockdowns here in Melbourne. We had only just bought a home and didn’t see it coming.
“I’ve been working as a cleaner ever since to make ends meet. Like for so many people, these lockdowns have been really tough for our family.
“But I’ve always said, you’ve just gotta keep trying. Now, look what’s happened. It is absolutely unbelievable!”
Looking towards the future, he added: “I am certainly keen to pay off the mortgage and the other bills we have to begin with.
“We’re going to set our kids up for life. That will be an incredible thing to be able to do. I am going to try and help everyone. There’s so much we will be able to do with this prize. It will change so many people’s lives.”
It only took five draws without a jackpot winner to create the $80 million First Division prize. As well as the jackpot winner, more than 2.9 million other prizes were paid out on the night. The jackpot now resets to $3 million for the next draw.
Written by Lewis Rutledge