It has been a day of celebration at Sunshine Marketplace Lotto in Melbourne’s west after it sold Powerball’s $40 million winning ticket.The player, from St Albans, held one of two division one winning entries nationally, splitting the $80 million jackpot with a New South Wales player.
The lucky woman was gifted the $40 million Powerball ticket.
A Melbourne woman, who was gifted a Powerball entry, has won $40 million over the weekend. (Nine)
“I’m still shocked,” the winning woman said.
“I’ve barely slept since I discovered the win. It’s hard to put the feeling of knowing you’ve won $40 million into words.”
The woman plans to use the money to go travelling and buy a house.
“I don’t think it’s truly hit me yet,” she said.
“The ticket was a gift, but I didn’t check it immediately… First and foremost, I’ll be looking to help my family and share it with them.
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“I’ll need some time, though to think about what else to do. I’ll obviously buy a home, and I’d love to travel to Japan and the United States. I’d love to go everywhere.
“You always wonder about what you would do if something like this were to happen, and now it has happened, I have no idea what to do.”
Sunshine Marketplace Lotto owner Yen Le-Mai said she felt like she’d won the jackpot. (Nine)
Sunshine Marketplace Lotto owner Yen Le-Mai said she felt like she’d won the jackpot when she realised one of the division one winning tickets had been sold at her store.
“I was oblivious to it until a friend of mine contacted me to congratulate me on selling the winning ticket,” she said.
“At that moment, I felt I’d personally won.
“I was so excited and overwhelmed by the news.”
Le-Mai said she would be celebrating with balloons and decorations in her store.
“(I just want) to let all my customers know about this exciting win,” she said.
“It’s created such a buzz.”
The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1357 on Thursday 19 May 2022 were 15, 34, 5, 11, 28, 8, 27. The all-important Powerball number was 3.