$55m Powerball ticket claimed by government workers


TWENTY-one members of a Queensland Department of Education team have reportedly won a share of last night's $55 million Powerball draw.

Each of them have now learned that they are suddenly multi-millionaires.

The $55 million Powerball prize has been won by a syndicate of 21 government workers, Tatts Group has confirmed.

A spokeswoman for the lottery company did not confirm which government department won but they are reportedly workers at the Queensland Department of Education.

Each of the workers will take home $2.6 million each after their "sydnicate leader" checked their entry at a newsagent on Brisbane's George St.

The woman was told to check the amount won manually on the website, which she did while surrounded by co-workers.

According to Tatts Lotto, the office "exploded with a range of reactions".

Some laughed, some cried while others were in disbelief, it wrote in a statement.

"We were talking in the office yesterday about what we would do if we won and now it has happened - I just can't believe it," the ticket-buyer said.

As she talked about her win, she was being rung and buzzed by colleagues.

Some refused to believe it, with the woman telling a colleague, "I'm not kidding you! I sitting here looking at the ticket - we've each won $2.6 million!".

"Yesterday while we were talking about what we would do if we won, one of the syndicate members very boldly said that we were going to win and now we have!

"I don't know what to say! I'm so shocked - it all seems so unreal! Wow - now I'll be able to buy a house and get my teeth fixed - I'll be able to afford braces!"

"Oh you can't believe what this will mean to everyone! People's ages range from 23 to 60 so it's going to mean something different to everyone.
"For some they may retire, others will clear debts and pay off mortgages and others have told me they will help their family. I'm sure there will be a few holidays as well."

Tatts Group Lotteries spokesperson Elissa Lewis said the $55 million Powerball win was the second largest on a single ticket in Queensland's Powerball history.
The standing record for the largest Powerball win claimed by a single entry in Australia was set in January 2016 when one ticket purchased in Hervey Bay won $70 million.



ONE entry has scooped the entire pool in last night's $55 million Powerball jackpot ... and the winning ticket was sold in Queensland.

The only division-one winning Powerball entry is not registered to a Winner's Circle card so late last night the identity of the winner remained a mystery.

Tatts Group Lotteries spokeswoman Elissa Lewis urged customers who purchased unregistered Powerball entries in Queensland to check their tickets as soon as possible.

"If you discover you're holding one of the division one winning tickets - please keep it in a safe place and phone Tatts Group Lotteries on 131 868 to start the process of claiming your prize," Ms Lewis said.

"For the mystery ticket holder who has won the entire $55 million division one prize, when they discover their life changing windfall it will be a moment they will never forget!"

The standing record for the largest Powerball win claimed by a single entry in Australia was set in January 2016 when one ticket purchased in Hervey Bay won $70 million.

"While there was only one division one winning entry in tonight's $55 million Powerball jackpot it was the biggest jackpot on offer to date this year and millions of customers around the country purchased an entry for the chance to win a share in the whopping prize pool.

"It is also the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in Australia's history, with the current record standing at $80 million which was set in July 2009."

The winning numbers were 36, 8, 23, 39, 31 and 6 and the Powerball was number 15.

- The Courier-Mail

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