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Recent Powerball Winner spends $50m to Give Back

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The 28 May 2015 Powerball jackpot was won in its entirety by an anonymous woman from the ACT. She was unaware of her amazing win until lottery officials contacted her the next morning.

Understandably, she couldn’t believe her ears! “Oh my god!” she exclaimed, “My heart is beating so fast!”

The lucky winner beat incredible odds with her winning 6-game Quickpick to land all six winning Powerball numbers plus the Powerball. Incredibly, she turned a ticket worth under $10 into $50,000,000. Imagine that – your entire future changed for the price of a coffee and a sandwich! The winner was too overwhelmed to think clearly when asked what she would do with the life-changing prize.

“The only thing I can say at the moment is I’ll be able to buy myself a house! It will be my first home!” she said.

Lottery officials estimated that the total amount of Division 1 prizes won in the ACT over a two-year period was close to $100 million. This isn’t bad for the smallest territory with an approximate population of just 387,000. The newsagency that sold the winning ticket has gained a lucky reputation after selling another Division 1 winning ticket in December.

Other big lotto wins in the state include the $30,000,000 Oz Lotto jackpot in 2014 which was won by a Canberra family, and a $10,000,000 Powerball jackpot which went to an anonymous winner in June 2013.

Winner Giving Back

The new $50,000,000 Powerball winner says she intends to donate a portion of her winnings to charity as an act of gratitude towards her adopted country. “I moved to Australia more than ten years ago so I want to give back,” she said. According to lottery officials, the lucky winner described herself as a hard worker, but there was no indication whether she intends to continue working or not. One thing is for sure – she can now afford to follow her dreams for the rest of her life!

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