Geelong woman set for life thanks to $3 million Powerball win

Friday 17 February, 2012 - A Geelong woman will never have to worry about how to pay her bills again, after winning $3,074,344 in last night’s Powerball draw.

The woman explained that she has been playing the same numbers in Powerball every Thursday for around 10 years.

“The numbers are a combination of birthdays, anniversary dates and other numbers that are special to me,” she said.

“It’s so surreal to be told that you have won several million dollars.

“I’m not quite sure what to do with myself!”

When asked how she plans to use her new fortune, the woman said she would be investing the money for her future.

The winning System 7 entry was purchased online from Tatts.com.

Tatts Public Relations Executive, Louise Azzopardi explained that a System entry gives players more chances to win by allowing them to select extra numbers in a game.

“A standard game panel in Powerball is five numbers plus the Powerball, so when a player chooses, let’s say, seven numbers plus the Powerball – as the lucky Geelong woman did – they are effectively buying the many different combinations of five numbers that can be made from the seven numbers they chose, with every combination being entered into the draw,” Ms Azzopardi said.

“By purchasing two additional numbers, the Geelong woman collected an additional $74,344 in divisional prizes.

“System entries offer more chances to win, so grab one next time you visit a Tatts outlet.”

The Geelong woman was one of two division one winners nationally in last night’s Powerball draw 822. The other division one winning entry was purchased in South Australia.

The winning numbers were 2, 5, 41, 43 and 31 and the Powerball was 26.