Thursday 2 January, 2014 - The hunt for the missing multi-millionaire who scooped the entire division one prize of $50 million in last Thursday’s Powerball draw is over!
The winner from New South Wales, who wishes to remain completely anonymous, has come forward today to claim their staggering division one prize seven days after the $50 million Powerball Jackpot draw.
The winner admitted they were unaware NSW Lotteries had been searching for a mystery winner who purchased their winning $50 million Powerball entry in Dubbo.
“I had only recently heard that there was a missing Powerball winner so decided to check my ticket. But I didn’t think it could be me,” the winner confessed.
The winning $50 million Powerball entry was sold at South Dubbo Newsagency, 93 Tamworth Street in Dubbo.
Andrew Bartlett from South Dubbo Newsagency said Dubbo is known as the smiling city and as the selling agent he believes he’s now wearing the biggest grin.
“It’s just incredible to think that we sold that winning ticket! Now we’re hoping that the winning streak will continue and we can sell a division one winning entry in this Saturday’s $30 Million Megadraw,” Mr Bartlett said.
NSW Lotteries spokesperson Belinda McDougall said NSW Lotteries recently asked customers on Facebook what they would do if they won a division one share in this Saturday’s $30 Million Megadraw.
“Our customers told us buying a house, sharing the win with family and travelling were on the top their list of what they would do if they won a share in $30 million,” Ms McDougall said.
“Because the winning Powerball ticket was not registered to a Players Club card, NSW Lotteries hadn’t been able to contact the winner.
“Instead of being able to phone the winner to tell them they’d be starting the New Year $50 million richer, NSW Lotteries had to wait for the winner to check their ticket and contact us.”
NSW Lotteries always recommends customers register their entries to a NSW Lotteries Players Club card as it ensures their prize is secure and officials can contact them directly with news of a division one win.
The winning numbers in last Thursday’s Powerball draw 919 were 16, 39, 7, 35, 3 and 25. The Powerball was number 13.
There’s another chance for customers to win big this week with $30 million up for grabs in Saturday Lotto’s $30 Million Megadraw.