A dad in his 50s from South Australia is $40 million richer after taking out division one in last Thursday night’s Powerball.
The Powerball results from draw number 1189 are some of the strangest in recent memory, with no number higher than 14 being drawn. And, on top of that, the number 14 was drawn twice, first from the main barrel and then also as the required Powerball number.
The understandably excited man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been a QuickPick player for many years. However, recently he decided to use the family’s birthdays instead.
“Once I changed the numbers, I started to win a few small things here and there so I thought to myself ‘I’m not going to change these, I’m going to stick to them’,” he told lottery officials after the big win.
After checking, and re-checking, the winning numbers the man said he showed his wife and she told him “something must be wrong”. They didn’t believe they had actually won the $40 Million prize until they received the confirmation call the following morning.
The man said he wants to use his new found fortune to help others.
“I’m not into flashy houses or cars — it’s all about family first,” he said.
“We are quite involved in the local community in which we live. We’d love to give back to the charities and organisations close to our heart in the community.
“We’ve been doing it tough the last few years so this will make a whole world of difference to my family.”
The Powerball divsion one prize is now back to the standard starting point of $3 Million for this week’s draw on Thursday March 7.
However, if you are looking to play the next big Australian lottery jackpot, then Tuesday Oz Lotto is currently at $30 Million for this week’s draw.
Powerball Draw. No. 1188 Full Division Results
The Powerball winning numbers were 7, 5, 13, 4, 2, 14, 11 and 14 was also the Powerball.
A total of 1,026,480 prizes worth more than $58 million were won in all of the division prize pools.
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