She could buy any home in Australia — after winning more than $100 million in last night’s Powerball jackpot — but instead the anonymous winner has made an unlikely choice.
The mother in her 40s from inner city Sydney was more surprised than anyone when she found out she won, and is in a unique position where she could now buy any home she wanted.
Instead she’s thinking of buying a caravan.
“I’m a healthcare professional but I won’t be retiring,” she said.
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“I’m so passionate about my job. It will drive me to do more health work for causes important to me.
“I’ll be sharing it with my family. I thought of my family when I purchased the ticket.
“I’m not quite sure what to do but of course I will be helping my family.
“I’ll be giving my favourite charity some money. They’ll get a whole slab of money.
“All the win gives me is the chance to go and do the things I’ve always want to do.
“We might buy a caravan and travel around too.”
Of course she’ll have a choice of some pretty slick caravans depending on the price range she goes for — with some modern vehicles selling in excess of $150,000.
For $100,000, Avida’s CV7652SL Topaz model is the type of van built for the modern market — and might tickle the winner’s fancy.
Inside it looks more like an interiors showroom for a plush apartment — there’s a leather lounge, wood panel flooring, vogue colours, mood lighting and a stainless-steel stove.
For now though, the winner is still coming to terms with the result.
“It was so random, I just decided to log-on yesterday and buy a ticket with random numbers,” she said.
“I just don’t understand how this lucky ticket has won me $107 million.
“I’m not sure how I will be able to sleep tonight (she said yesterday), but for now I’m going to go have a cheap glass of chardonnay.”
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The regular player, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased their 12-game marked entry online at thelott.com
Her prize was boosted to a phenomenal $107,575,649.08 due to the number of entries purchased in the draw.
The division one winning entry was the only entry nationally to match all seven winning numbers and the all-important Powerball in draw 1183, rewriting the record books and breaking Australian lottery history as the biggest individual prize ever won.