“Crikey!”: News of $20 million Powerball win sends Cairns man’s mind running wild
A Cairns man has vowed to live the great Australian dream, buy himself a big property and live off the grid after this morning discovering $20 million is about to hit his bank account.
The Far North Queensland mineral worker held the only division one winning entry across Australia in Powerball draw 1277, drawn Thursday 5 November 2020, taking home the jackpot division one prize of $20 million.
This morning we called the unassuming winner to break the life-changing news.
“Oh sh*t!” he screamed with excitement.
“Oh Jesus Christ! Crikey!
“Thank you very much. Oh my god. Are you sure this isn’t a joke?
“Has one of my friends put you up to this?
“Holy sh*t. Oh my god. This is amazing. Oh my god. Wow.
“I play off and on, every now and again. I can’t believe this.
“I feel like I’m dreaming. Everything feels like a bit of a blur.
“My mind is going a bit wild. Oh wow. Oh my god. I’m dizzy.”
When the overwhelmed winner started to calm down, he began to think about what life looked like with $20 million in his bank account.
“I work in the minerals industry and I will keep working for now but maybe I’ll change jobs down the track and pursue some of my hobbies,” he explained.
“I do get bored easy so I would have to be doing something!
“I’m going to live the great Australian dream and buy myself a big property and live off the grid.
“I’ll be helping my family and friends out as well and making sure they’re more than comfortable.
“As soon as I get off the phone, I’m calling my parents and telling them they’ll be set up for the rest of their lives!
“I’m ending 2020 with $20 million – can you believe it?!”
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his life-changing entry online at thelott.com – Australia’s official lotteries.
The Cairns man is the eleventh Powerball division one winner so far in 2020. Collectively, these eleven Aussies have pocketed more than $420 million in division one prize money.
The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1277 on Thursday 5 November 2020 were 24, 3, 13, 2, 35, 14 and 21. The all-important Powerball number was 12.