Sunshine Coast woman 'overcome' after $36m win

A SUNSHINE Coast woman was so overcome with emotion she could barely speak after Golden Casket confirmed her unregistered ticket in last night's Powerball draw had won a staggering $35.9 million.

The new multi-millionaire, who wishes to remain anonymous, admitted she was unaware that there was a missing $35.9 million Powerball winner on the Sunshine Coast and only discovered she'd won when she checked her numbers this afternoon.

"I'm feeling a little sick at the moment!  I'm just waiting to wake up from this dream!,'' the stunned winner exclaimed.

"I honestly never thought I'd win in last night's $70 million Powerball draw.  I think the most I've ever won in lotto is about $20!  So this is unbelievable!

"I can actually retire!  I've wanted to retire for some time now."

The new multi-millionaire said she was too overwhelmed to say what she plans to do with her staggering $35.9 million Powerball windfall but did reveal she wants to share the prize money with her family.

The winning Powerball 12-game QuickPick was purchased at The Lucky Charm Noosaville, Shop 1069a in Noosa Civic Shopping Centre, 28 Eenie Creek Road in Noosaville.
 

Sunshine Coast punter wins $35.9m playing Powerball

A POWERBALL ticket bought on the Sunshine Coast has netted its buyer $35.9 million, with Golden Casket urging all Queenslanders to now check their tickets.

The winning entry belongs to an unregistered player, so there is no telling who it could be.

Tatts Lotteries' Elissa Lewis said any hopeful winners need to take care of their ticket.

"If you believe you are holding the winning Powerball ticket worth $35.9 million, we urge you to keep the ticket in a safe place and contact Golden Casket as soon as possible," she said.

"Your privacy is important to us at this very exciting time in your life and we're looking forward to hearing from you soon!"

The $70 million Powerball jackpot will also be shared with a winner who bought a ticket in the Sydney suburb of Bonnyrigg.
 

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EARLIER: $70 million Powerball jackpot creates 16 millionaires

CHECK your tickets, one lucky Queenslander has won $35 million in Thursday night's $70 million Powerball jackpot and doesn't know it yet.

The second division one Powerball entry, worth a cool $36 million, came from a 15-member syndicate in New South Wales.

Tatts Lotteries spokesperson Elissa Lewis was delighted with the two state win.

"It's fantastic to see that the $70 million Powerball jackpot, the largest jackpot prize offered in Australia so far this year, has been won by two entries across state borders," Ms Lewis said.

"The $35.9 million Powerball prize in Queensland has been won by an individual unregistered entry. As the entry is not registered to a player card, we're unable to contact the winner following the draw.

"We strongly encourage all players in Queensland who purchased an unregistered ticket in tonight's $70 million Powerball draw to check their tickets as soon as possible!" Ms Lewis said.

The winning numbers are 32, 8, 5, 40, 19, 7 and the Powerball was 12.

The NSW win has created 15 millionaires.

"A 15-member syndicate who purchased their Powerball tickets from an outlet in Greater Western Sydney will claim a share of $2.4 million each from their division one prize along with other divisional prizes for a total of $36,013,700.12 thanks to their System 9 entry type!

There were also more than 1.7 million prizes won across Australia in divisions two to eight, sharing in a prize pool of $36.8 million!

Powerball will offer a $3 million division one prize in next Thursday's draw.


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