28 July 2015, By Mandy Paterson
Aussie Battlers Win $50 Million Powerball Jackpot
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A self-described “hard-battling family” beat the odds to scoop the entire jackpot in a recent $50 Million Powerball draw. The family, located south-east of Perth in the suburb of Armadale, were the only ones to correctly select all six winning numbers plus the Powerball, and their efforts resulted in the incredible sum of $50,000,000. The winner said she was still in disbelief, expecting any second to “wake up from this dream”.
It is the largest single prize ever won in Western Australia, and their 50th Division 1 win in 2015. The previous record of $30,000,000 had been won four times in the state’s lotto history, all by syndicate tickets and most recently in May this year for an Oz Lotto draw, making Western Australia a lucky place for lotto players. However, while syndicate prizes are shared between a group of lotto players, last Thursday’s $50,000,000 prize kept it all in the family.
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When the winner discovered her numbers matched those drawn, she began “seriously shaking” and though she “must have been seeing things”. She added that things of this nature never happened to people like them. “We’re just a hard-battling family and we don’t want this win to change us,” she said, but acknowledged that the once-in-a-lifetime windfall would allow them to do things they had only dreamed of in the past.
“Now we can pay off debt, take care of our family, and do some much needed home renovations.” She also stressed that winning such a large amount of money would give them the opportunity to donate to charity – something the family considered very important.
Another person to win $50,000,000 in Powerball was in May 2015, a woman from Gungahlin in the ACT. She also wanted to use her life-changing prize to give back to the community. “I moved to Australia more than ten years ago so I want to give back,” she said at the time.
For most ordinary Australians, $50,000,000 is an unfathomable amount of money. With all those dollars sitting in your bank account, you could donate $1000, $10,000, or even $100,000 and barely notice a difference. But imagine the difference that money would make to the charity you made the donation to. Whether it’s food, clothing, or shelter, your generosity could change someone’s life for the good. Egalitarianism is a huge part of what it means to be Australian – wouldn’t it be time to start giving back?
The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1001 on the 23rd of July 2015 were 3, 9, 21, 25, 27, 32 plus Powerball number 18.
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