A Victorian cleaner can put the broom down after sweeping Thursday’s night’s $80 million Powerball jackpot.
The North Melbourne man was instantly catapulted into the ranks of Australia’s biggest individual lotto winners, sitting third nationally and first in his state.
It was revealed the sole division one winner, located this morning, had recently fallen on hard times, having lost his previous job because of lockdowns.
The newly minted millionaire has been working as a cleaner to get by.
“I am so excited. I checked my ticket late last night. I couldn’t sleep after that,” he said today.
“I lost my job during one of the many lockdowns here in Melbourne. We had only just bought a home and didn’t see it coming.
“I’ve been working as a cleaner ever since to make ends meet.
“Like for so many people, these lockdowns have been really tough for our family.
“But I’ve always said, you’ve just gotta keep trying. Now, look what’s happened.”
The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1317 were 4, 10, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 26. The powerball was 7. One in four Aussies purchased a ticket to Thursday’s draw, it was estimated.
The man said he’d use the massive windfall to pay off the mortgage and other bills.
“We’re going to set up our kids for life,” he said.Internet Explorer Channel Network