The search is over: Mackay man comes forward to claim $50 million Powerball prize
The search for Mackay’s newest multi-millionaire is over, with a local man checking his Powerball entry over the weekend and discovering he’s the mystery $50 million winner we've been searching for.
The North Queensland resident held the only division one winning entry in Powerball draw 1292 on Thursday 18 February 2021. He takes home the biggest lottery prize so far in 2021 - $50 million.
When we confirmed the incredible news with the man this morning, he admitted he was in a complete state of shock.
“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.
“It still is! 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 $50 million in his bank account, the North Queenslander admitted he hadn’t ever contemplated the idea.
“I’ve never really given it much thought. I never thought I’d have to think about what to do with $50 million,” he laughed.
“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. I will be making sure of that.
“Owning my own home would probably be the craziest thing I’ve ever thought about doing with a lottery win.
“But I know I’ll share my prize with my immediate family, then I’ll see where it goes from there.
“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.
“I won’t forget this moment for the rest of my life!”
The winning entry was purchased at News Central, Northern Beaches Central, Cnr Mackay Bucasia Road & Eimeo Bypass, Rural View.
News Central owner Louis Pastega said was thrilled to know the winner had now come forward.
“There’s been plenty of excitement in store over the weekend, with plenty of people checking their Powerball tickets,” he said.
“We’re so happy to hear the winner now knows he’s $50 million richer.
“And it’s great to know it’s gone to a local.
“Congratulations to him! We hope he really enjoys it.”