Confirmed: Tasmania has a new multi-millionaire.
After an intensive five-day search, a Tasmanian man has claimed last Thursday’s entire $30 million Powerball jackpot prize!
The winner, who wishes to keep his identity under wraps, held the only division one winning entry in Powerball draw 1166 drawn Thursday 20 September 2018.
The $30 million winning entry was purchased at Sorell Hub Lotto, Kiosk 1, Sorell Plaza, 12 Cole Street, Sorell.
When speaking with a Tatts official to confirm his life-changing win, the elusive winner explained how he discovered his good fortune.
“I checked the ticket online. Then I checked it again,” he said.
“Then I got my wife to check it.
“And checked it again, and again, and again to make sure.
“I checked it that many times!”
Powerball spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer said she was ecstatic the winner had finally been united with their prize.
“It’s been a tense few days for us while we’ve been waiting for the winner to come forward,” she said.
“We’re in the business of paying prizes, so it’s an absolute pleasure to deliver this multi-million dollar win to the rightful owner.”
The winning entry was not registered to a Tatts card so Tatts officials had no way of contacting the winner to confirm the life-changing news and had to wait for them to come forward to claim their prize.
As it turns out, the $30 million Powerball winner had a Tatts card, but he forgot to register this ticket.
“Generally I use my Tatts card, but I bought this ticket spur of the moment,” he said.
Sorell Lotto Hub owner Dean Silver said he was thrilled to have sold the incredible $30 million prize – Tasmania’s largest ever division one winning entry.
“It was magnificent to have sold that ticket! It was great for our store and for the community,” he said.
“Everyone always says the big wins go to the mainland, but not this time! We did it!
“You know any win is good, but $30 million, well that is fantastic!
“I really hope the prize makes a difference to our winner’s life! I am really pleased for our winner.
“We’ve had so many people coming in to check their tickets, so it’s great to hear that they have come forward!
“My customers have been telling me that this is the start of my winning streak – so that is my aim! I hope I deliver more wins to my customers.”
The winning numbers in Powerball’s $30 million draw 1166 on Thursday 20 September 2018 were 20, 6, 30, 17, 8, 10 and 2. While the all-important Powerball number was 8.