A generous Daylesford woman has scored the entire $60 million jackpot in tonight’s Powerball draw and declared her good fortune will extend further to benefit a number of charities close to her heart. 

The victorious Victorian held the only division one winning entry nationally in Powerball draw 1429, drawn Thursday 5 October 2023. The $60 million prize is the second-biggest lottery win so far in 2023. 

While she evaded initial attempts by lottery officials to deliver the winning news, the stunned winner soon realised she was now a multi-millionaire after quickly checking her ticket online. 

“I’ve won $60 million!” she happily cried. 

“I don’t know what to say! I never thought I’d get this call. 

“I’m in a bit of shock at the moment. Oh my god! I can’t believe this is happening. 

“My husband is walking around dumbfounded. He accidentally hung up on you in a frenzy. 

“I’m just looking at these numbers and they all mean something. They’re all special to me. Those numbers are family and friends' birthdays that I always play.” 

While still coming to terms with the shock of scoring $60 million, the recently retired winner revealed she already knew how she’d use some of her prize. 

“I think a lot of charities might benefit – especially those that help disadvantaged children,” she declared. 

“This prize will help a lot of people out. 

“It’s my main goal.” 

Her winning marked 18-game entry was purchased online at thelott.com – Australia’s official lotteries.  

In addition to the division one winner, there were 2,004,162 wins across divisions two to nine in tonight’s draw worth more than $39.1 million. This includes seven division two winners who each pocketed $155,630.30. 

So far this year, 13 Powerball division one winning entries have collectively scored more than $454 million. Six of these wins have been in New South Wales, three in Victoria, two in South Australia and one each in Queensland and Western Australia.