An Echuca woman confessed her whole body went numb at the revelation she’d become $40 million richer after winning division one in last night’s Powerball draw.
The victorious Echuca woman held the only division one winning entry nationally in Powerball draw 1394 on Thursday, 2 February, and took home the entire $40 million jackpot.
The $40 million win is also the largest division one prize won across any Australian lotteries game in 2023 making the Echuca woman and her win so early in the year so very special.
When confirming her incredible win with an official from The Lott, the winning player confessed she was completely shocked by her new multi-millionaire status.
“Oh my god! Oh my god! I can’t believe it. I thought it was a scam!” she exclaimed.
“This just doesn’t feel real. How do I know if this is real?!
“I’m so nervous, I feel really bizarre. My whole body has gone numb!
“My husband and I couldn’t sleep at all last night. We were pacing back and forth.
“I’m at work right now, and that’s why it took a little longer for me to answer my phone.
“This is really going to take some time to sink in. It won’t feel real until the money is in my bank account.
“My husband and I have these goals in place and were wondering how we were going to achieve them, but now we don’t have to worry anymore!
“I can’t believe this is happening!”
The Victorian might be spending her last days at work after announcing the windfall will allow her to quit her job and spend more time with her family.
“My god, I can quit my job!” she joyfully yelled.
“I can take some time off to spend with my family.
“We will be able to pay off the mortgage completely and set ourselves up for the future.
“We want this win to go a long way. We want to leave a legacy for our family for years to come!
“This means everything to me. Thank you so much.”
The winning PowerHit entry was purchased online at thelott.com – the official home of Australia’s lotteries.
The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1394 on Thursday, 2 February 2023 were 7, 35, 31, 2, 24, 21 and 15. The all-important Powerball number was 18.
Across Australia, there was one division one winning entry in Powerball draw 1394 – the winning entry in Victoria.
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 247 so far this financial year, including 95 won by Tatts customers.
In 2022, 22 Powerball division one winning entries across Australia pocketed more than $764.39 million in prize money.
During this time, Powerball offered a $160 million jackpot – the biggest prize ever offered by any Australian lottery game – that was won by three division one winning entries.
Of the 22 Powerball division one winning entries in 2022, 13 landed in New South Wales, four in Victoria, two each in Queensland and Western Australia, and one in South Australia.
More chances to win
There are more chances to win big with Tuesday’s Oz Lotto offering $20 million, while Thursday’s Powerball has $4 million up for grabs.
Tonight’s Set for Life draw offers players the chance to win a division one prize of $20,000 a month for 20 years – that’s $20K on Replay! Set for Life is the only game that allows you to play your numbers across seven consecutive daily draws – meaning you have the chance to win $20K on Replay every day of the week.
The Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot prize is now $2.68 million for draw 1604, while the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot prize is now $3.75 million for draw 10751.
Tickets can be purchased at any licenced lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via The Lott mobile app.
The official home of Australia’s lotteries, The Lott operates and markets Australia’s leading lottery games customers know and love creating everyday winners, winning every day.
In FY22, more than 133.5 million winners took home more than $3.93 billion in prize money from their favourite games at The Lott, including TattsLotto, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, Keno, Super 66, Lotto Strike and Instant Scratch-Its.
Last financial year, Australia’s official lotteries contributed more than $1.6 billion via state lottery taxes and donations to help community initiatives, such as hospitals, health research, disaster relief and, education.