18 May 2015, By Mandy Paterson
How Does It Feel To Win $30 Million?
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You might be wondering how you could win $30 Million Powerball given the challenging odds. Well, take heart – for these three past winners, the dream became a reality. These three ordinary people became multi-millionaires instantly after matching all six winning numbers plus the all-important Powerball. So how exactly does it feel to win $30,000,000 Powerball?
A woman from the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales was the only lucky player to clinch the $30,000,000 Powerball prize on April 2nd this year– and the news was “a total shock”.
Her winning Super Combo Powerhit System 7, purchased on her mobile from OzLotteries.com, brought her over $30,000,000 across multiple divisions. After checking her email inbox to find a message from Oz Lotteries notifying her of the Division 1 win, the woman “screamed” to her husband that they might have won lotto.
“He thought it was spam mail… or a technical glitch… and everyone got a message saying they had won!” she told Oz Lotteries. However it all became real once she received a confirmation phone call from the customer support team, and she was able to share the amazing news with her husband and mother.
In October 2013, another $30 million Powerball jackpot was won by a single player, but the winner remained unidentified for an entire week.
When the mystery Innaloo woman eventually came forward, she was totally unaware of the media attention that surrounded the search for the missing winner. She had been on holidays and hadn’t checked her Powerball ticket against the winning numbers from the draw.
She explained how she sat down with a cup of tea to check off her numbers and matched them all, one by one, including the Powerball. “I thought I had made a mistake,” she said. “I was fairly calm at the start.”
Overwhelmed, she put the ticket away and tried to forget about it for a few hours. “Excitement and shock” set in after triple-checking that she was indeed the missing winner. “I just kept thinking ‘This is $30 million! I’m a multi-millionaire!’”
A Frankston retiree also experienced the shock of becoming instantly wealthy in May 2007 when he scooped the entire $30,000,000 Powerball jackpot. His six winning numbers plus the Powerball were picked at random from a local newsagency and left him flabbergasted at the result.
He had been listening to the draw on the radio with his wife and misheard the numbers as they were read out, mistaking “two five” for “twenty-five”. Once he realised that he held all six winning numbers plus the Powerball, he “just couldn’t believe it.”
“I managed to sleep for a couple of hours… my wife couldn’t,” he said. “It wasn’t until I received the telephone call [to confirm] that I knew it was for real.”
The common reactions to winning such large sums of money include shock, disbelief, panic, elation, and a multitude of disconcerting and confusing emotions. This can be a turbulent time – who do you tell? How do you receive your windfall? Do you pay taxes on it? It takes careful consideration and planning to make the most of a lottery win, especially one as large as $30,000,000.
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