A couple from Hervey Bay in Queensland who say they haven’t won anything better than an ‘old chook raffle’ has claimed the record-breaking $70 million Powerball jackpot.
The largest single winner in Powerball history remained a mystery on Friday morning after the winner didn’t answer a call from Golden Casket following the draw on Thursday night.
The grandparents, who live on Queensland’s Fraser Coast, say they had been waiting for Golden Casket’s call on Friday, having ignored repeated calls the night before.
“I had six missed calls on my phone late last night and I thought, ‘who would phone that many times at that hour’,” the winning husband told AAP.
“I thought it couldn’t possibly be Golden Casket, but I got out my tablet to check my numbers online this morning and I was all thumbs.
“If I checked it once, I checked it a thousand times. It’s absolutely breathtaking. It’s wonderful. We’ve both got the shakes.”
The couple, who have chosen to remain anonymous, said they never considered themselves to be ‘lucky’ people before now.
“The best thing we’ve ever won is the old chook raffle,” they said.
The wife said they planned to spend the windfall on helping their family, donating to charity and travelling.
“We haven’t done much travel in our lives, but now we’re off,” she said.
“You won’t see us around here for long. We’ll just have to wait until Europe and the USA warm up a bit.”
The couple won the entire $70 million jackpot with a marked six-game entry purchased from newsXpress Eli Waters in Pialba. Tatts Lotteries spokeswoman Elissa Lewis said the jackpot was the largest win on a single ticket in Powerball history.
According to Brisbane Times, business owners Allan and Stella Wickham were “blown away” by the news they had sold the record-breaking $70 million winning Powerball entry.
“We sold our first division one winning ticket a few years ago so this win was long overdue. What a way to break the drought – with a $70 million win,” Mr Wickham said.
It also equalled the largest lotto win ever on a single ticket that was set in December 2013 when a ticket bought on the Gold Coast won $70 million in Oz Lotto, she said.