Three Aussies crowned Powerball multi-millionaires in time for 2023 after sharing $100 million jackpot
Powerball has ended 2022 with an almighty bang, with three Australian lottery players sharing the $100 million jackpot and becoming newly minted multi-millionaires just in time for 2023.
There were two division one winning entries from New South Wales and one from Queensland in Powerball draw 1389, drawn Thursday 29 December 2022. Each of these entries takes home a division one prize of $33,333,333.34.
There was also a total of 3,115,707 prizes worth more than $56.5 million won in divisions two to nine in tonight’s Powerball draw. Among these prizes were 33 division two wins each worth $47,444.20.
Burwood dad’s spur-of-the-moment ticket scores life-changing Powerball prize
A Burwood dad has confessed his mind is racing with life’s possibilities after an official from The Lott called him this evening to confirm he’d won a life-changing $33.3 million.
“Are you f***ing kidding me!? Jesus Christ!” he exclaimed when the enormity of the prize was revealed.
“Mate, you are the man! This is incredible.
“I am absolutely speechless. We only play from time-to-time. In fact, we play Powerball very rarely!
“My wife said, ‘why not, let’s buy a ticket in the draw!’.
“I’m so glad we did!
“This has completely changed my family's life in the space of five minutes! I don’t even know where to begin!
“Am I dreaming? I need to pinch myself to make sure this is real.”
The winning man couldn’t wait to give his wife the good news and rushed to tell her their lives had changed forever.
“We can do whatever we want!” he yelled.
“We’ve just won the lottery!”
The Sydney-sider's winning 25-game entry was purchased online at thelott.com - the official home of Australia’s lotteries.
Durack woman’s Christmas gift to herself yields $34.2 million Powerball surprise
A Durack mum who bought herself a Powerball ticket for Christmas has been revealed as the only Queensland division one winner in tonight’s Powerball draw.
In addition to winning division one, the Queenslander’s PowerHit QuickPick entry also scored division two 19 times, bolstering her total windfall to $34,234,773.14.
“I’m shaking!” she exclaimed when we called her straight after the draw.
“I just happened to have a look on The Lott app just before, and I saw the numbers lit up.
“I just jumped to the roof and screamed! The kids thought a cockroach was in the kitchen.
“I bought this ticket for myself for Christmas. Thank you so much. That’s a bit of coin!
“This will definitely change our lives. This will not only help my family, but also help us move forward with a better life.
“Wow! This is going to be fantastic! It’s going to make a huge difference. I’m lost for words.
“This is going to help ease the pressure, but I’ll keep working as I love it.
“This is an amazing end to the year. It’s the best ever. Dreams really do come true!”
Her winning entry was purchased at Nextra Forest Lake News, Shop 23-24, Forest Lake Village Shopping Centre, Forest Lake Boulevard, Forest Lake.
Nextra Forest Lake News owner Wayne Jones said he was thrilled his outlet had made one of its customers a multi-millionaire just in time for the new year.
“Wow! How exciting is that!” he exclaimed.
“Nextra Forest Lake News has sold a few division one wins over the years, but this is by far the biggest.
“Congratulations to our winner and we wish them all the very best with their prize!”
Canterbury dad’s legs almost give out after discovering $33.33 million win
A Canterbury father has confessed he was so excited to discover he’d won $33.33 million in Powerball that he couldn’t move and had to text his wife in the other room to let her know their winning news.
“We can’t stop shaking! Honestly, this just doesn’t feel real!” the winning man exclaimed when confirming his win.
“I woke up early this morning and checked my email for the results. I couldn’t believe I’d won division one and then I went into shock over seeing the prize.
“I was so excited. I couldn't get up to tell my wife, so I had to text her multiple times that we had just won $33 million.
“I initially bought one ticket into last night’s draw, but then decided at the last minute to get a second one. That second ticket is the winning one!”
When asked what he and his wife planned to do with their newfound fortune, the winning Sydney duo quickly declared they’d be off on a holiday.
“Otherwise, we haven’t had time to think beyond that,” the winning man added.
“It’s amazing though because we know we’ll be able to wind down our working lives a bit and help our kids have the best future possible.”
The elated man’s winning marked 50-game entry was purchased online via Oz Lotteries – one of The Lott’s authorised resellers.
In 2022, 22 Powerball division one winning entries across Australia pocketed more than $764 million in prize money.
Of the 22 Powerball division one winning entries in 2022, 13 landed in New South Wales, four in Victoria, two each in Western Australia and Queensland, and one in South Australia.