Surprise Jackpot Joy: Brisbane Woman Discovers $100 Million Win Mid-Gym Prep
In an extraordinary turn of fortune, a woman from Hawthorne, a suburb in Brisbane, stumbled upon her share of Australia’s largest-ever jackpot of $200 million while gearing up for an early-morning gym class.
With her unregistered ticket from Thursday night’s draw, she became the holder of the equal second-largest individual lottery win in Australian history. The revelation occurred as she was preparing for her 6 am gym class on that fateful Friday morning.
Reports suggest that lottery officials had been searching for her since she held an unregistered ticket, requiring her to come forward to claim her share. Overwhelmed with disbelief, she shared, “I started to pace the floor back and forth and question if it was even real. I didn’t know who to call or what to say. I was slapping my face and telling myself to wake up!”
Opting to postpone her gym class, she clutched the winning ticket and sought advice from her father. When asked about her plans as a newly minted multimillionaire, she expressed a desire to help others, embark on an overseas family holiday, and initiate her own business venture, aiming to redirect her career path.
“I really want to change the course of direction with my career, and it was the reason why I bought the ticket in the first place,” she stated, emphasizing that money won’t alter who she is.
The Powerball jackpot soared to $200 million after six weeks without a winner. The woman is one of two winners, with the other being a couple from Singleton in the NSW Hunter Valley. The couple swiftly answered The Lott’s call after purchasing a 50-game ticket online for around $70, adding another chapter to this tale of unexpected lottery fortunes.