Second Jackpot Win of the Year
The ticket holder in his 50s scooped the eight-windfall on Thursday 28th February after matching all seven main numbers – 2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 13 and 14 – and the Powerball 14. There were over one million winners on the night, including six players who matched all seven main numbers to receive just over AU$83,000 each, but missed out on a share of the jackpot for themselves after the Powerball eluded them. There were also 79 recipients of AU$4,000 each for matching six numbers and the Powerball.
Powerball players have to pick seven main numbers between 1 and 35, and it is noticeable how this winning line contained low numbers of 14 or less. The jackpot hadn’t been won for five draws, rolling over ever since a record-breaking AU$107 million prize was won on 17th January by a Sydney player.
“It’s All About Family First“
The winner, who reportedly lives in a ‘regional community on the outskirts of Adelaide’, revealed: “I’ve been playing Powerball for about six or seven years and for a long time I was buying Quick Picks. A little while ago I thought I would change it up a bit and so I marked a coupon using my large family’s birthdates. 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 revealed that, along with his wife, they were in disbelief at their big win. The now multi-millionaire said: “I checked the numbers and recognised that a few of them were mine, so I double checked them again. I showed my wife and she said ‘this can’t be true, something must be wrong here’. We didn’t believe it until the news was confirmed this morning.”
He continued: “I’m not into flashy houses or cars - it’s all about family first. 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.”