Mum says she can finally quit her job after winning $40 million lottery
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An Australian woman has revealed her whole body went numb from the shock of winning AUD$40 million (£23 million) on the lottery.
The hunt for the mystery Victorian who claimed the division one prize is now over, with the massive, multi-million Powerball jackpot all going to a woman in Echuca.
Powerball agents did try to call the lucky woman to reveal to her that she had the sole claim to the massive prize, but their calls went unanswered because she believed it was a scam call.
But she did eventually pick up the phone and we'll bet she's glad she chanced that one.
February just got fabulous for that family from country Victoria.
The Echuca woman confessed her whole body went numb when she was told the incredible news.
"Oh my god, I can’t believe it," she said in a statement, before adding: "I thought it was a scam. This just doesn’t feel real."
"My husband and I couldn’t sleep at all last night. We were pacing back and forth."
Then a thought dawned on her: she'd never have to work again if she didn't want to.
"My god, I can quit my job," she exclaimed.
"I can take some time off to spend with my family. We will be able to pay off the mortgage completely and set ourselves up for the future."
The Echuca woman was still astounded, revealing that it still hasn't fully sunk in yet.
"It won’t feel real until the money is in my bank account," she said.
Even though our unidentified Echuca woman might throw in the towel at work, another recent Aussie jackpot winner has chosen to do the exact opposite.
"I’ll keep working as I love it," the mum from Durack, Queensland, said.
She scooped up not only the AUD$30 million division one prize, but also the division two prize a whopping 19 times.
That brought her hip pocket up to a healthy AUD$34,234,773.14 (£19,245,146.19).
Not bad for a Christmas gift she bought for herself.
In total, there were 22 Powerball division one winning entries across Australia in 2022, with winners taking home more than AUD$764 million (£429 million) in prize money.
NSW certainly seems to be the state that fate has smiled upon last year, with 13 people winning division one in the state.