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Sydney woman wins $107 million in Australia's largest ever individual lottery prize

By Marni Dixit January 18, 2019
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"I don't believe it."

A Sydney woman no doubt had some trouble sleeping on Thursday night after finding out she won a record $107.57 million with Powerball.

While the prize was set at $100 million, it grew by an extra $7 million due to the number of tickets sold. The record prize is the largest ever individual lottery prize in Australia.

The Lott shared on their site overnight the woman is a mother in her 40s from inner city Sydney. 

The winning numbers were: 20, 18, 33, 22, 11, 26, 4 with the Powerball number 9.

Twenty people won the division two prize of $94,792.90 with more than $68.4 million won in divisions two to nine.

The Lott spoke to the woman to break the news on Thursday night as she was a registered player. 

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, exclaimed, "I don't understand what is going on!"

“I’ve had such a tumultuous day, so I don’t know where I am and what I am doing! I don’t understand – is this actually real?

“I don’t believe it! I don’t believe it! Is this a trick?”

The winner initially misheard and thought she'd won $107,000:

“Oh my god, $107,000! That’s amazing!”

After being told the correct amount she said:

“Wait – are you telling me I’ve won $107 million?! Oh my God! That is just so much money!”

When asked about how she'll spend the money she said she wouldn't be quitting her job and her family will share in her winnings:

“I’m a healthcare professional but I won’t be retiring! I’m so passionate about my job. It will drive me to do more health work for causes important to me."

“I’ll be sharing it with my family. I thought of my family when I purchased the ticket!

“I’m not quite sure what to do but of course I will be helping my family.

“I’ll be giving my favourite charity some money! They’ll get a whole slab of money!

“All the win gives me is the chance to go and do the things I’ve always want to do. We might buy a caravan and travel around too.”

To celebrate the woman said she was going to enjoy "a cheap glass of chardonnay". 

What an amazing story, we're not even a little jealous... OK, maybe a tiny bit.

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