From chook raffle to $70m Powerball winners: Hervey Bay grandparents win jackpot

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Grandparents win $70 million

A Queensland couple plan on taking some holidays and helping out family and charity after winning a record Powerball first division prize of $70 million.

Winning the odd “chook raffle” was memorable enough for a humble set of grandparents from Hervey Bay in Queensland.

But now, the couple are pondering what to do with a considerably larger nest egg, after walking away with the staggering $70 million jackpot in Thursday night’s Powerball draw, the largest win on a single ticket in Powerball history.

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Hervey Bay grandparents win $70m Powerball jackpot.

It was late on Thursday night when the husband, who wished to remain anonymous along with his wife, saw he had six missed calls on his mobile phone.

Tatts Lotteries had been trying desperately to reach the couple to deliver the life-changing news that they had won the record prize, but it wasn’t until Friday morning that the man checked their ticket and realised they were multimillionaires.

“The best thing we’ve ever won is the old chook raffle,” the man said, according to Tatts Lotteries.

“I got out my tablet to check my numbers online this morning and I was all thumbs. If I checked it once, I checked it a thousand times.

“We’ve always been mindful of money, and skimped and saved where we could. We don’t get tempted to buy the cream puffs. But we won’t have to be frugal any more; I can toss out all those specials catalogues.”

The woman said she had made a new year’s resolution to bring “more positivity into my life” in 2016.

“It won’t be wasted. We’ll be helping our family and giving to a few charities close to our hearts,” she said.

“We haven’t done much travel in our lives, but now we’re off. You won’t see us around here for long. We’ll just have to wait until Europe and the USA warm up a bit.”

Her husband also said he would like to purchase a “dream car”, which had always been out of reach.

Tatts Lotteries spokeswoman Elissa Lewis said Thursday night’s jackpot was the largest win on a single ticket in Powerball history.

“The standing record for the largest Powerball win claimed by a single entry in Australia was set in 2008, when one ticket purchased in Melbourne won $58.7 million in Powerball draw 629,” Ms Lewis said.

“It has also equalled the largest lotto win ever by a single ticket, which was set in December 2013 when a ticket bought on the Gold Coast won $70 million in Oz Lotto.”

The winning numbers in Powerball’s $70 million draw 1025 on Thursday night were 18, 23, 34, 14, 4 and 20. The Powerball number was 18.

The couple said they had picked their favourite numbers, which they played virtually every week.


Henry Sapiecha

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