A woman in her 40s won the entire $100 million ($76 million USD) Australian Powerball jackpot.
“Is this actually real? I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it. Is this a trick?” the unidentified woman, from Sydney, said, reported Australia’s 9News.
The woman said she isn’t going to retire despite becoming a multi-millionaire overnight.
“I’m a healthcare professional, but I won’t be retiring. I’m so passionate about my job. It will drive me to do more health work for causes important to me,” she was quoted as saying by the outlet.
“I’ll be sharing it with my family… I’ll be giving my favorite charity some money,” the woman said. “The win gives me the chance to go and do the things I’ve always wanted to do… We might buy a caravan and travel around too.”
She added: “I’m not sure how I will be able to sleep tonight, but for now I’m going to go have a cheap glass of chardonnay.”
The woman is a regular lottery player, but she used random numbers and never believed she would win the jackpot.
“That is just so much money!” she said.
According to the Daily Mail, the woman told officials she initially thought she had won $107,000—not $107 million.
“Wait—are you telling me I’ve won $107 million?! Oh my god! That is just so much money!” the woman said.
Matt Hart, a spokesman for country’s lottery agency, told the Mail that it’s the largest Australian lottery prize ever won by a single entry.
Chances of Winning Slim
A betting company said the odds of winning is 1 in 76.6 million, said an opinion writer for Whit Sunday Times, adding: “That’s about 0.000000001 percent of a chance.”
“Statistically, there’s a higher chance of you being murdered (one in 18,000), or watching your body disintegrate before you, at the hands of a flesh-eating parasite (one in 1 million), than there is of winning the Powerball lottery tonight,” said the writer.
“If you’re left-handed, there’s more of a chance that you’ll die from using a right-handed piece of equipment incorrectly (one in 4.4 million) than there is of winning this cash.”
The publication also noted that many lottery winners have “rubbish lives” despite being millions of dollars richer.
In a now-famous case, lotto winner Andrew “Jack” Whittaker famously told news outlets: “I wish I’d torn that ticket up.”
Whittaker, who was already a millionaire but won $315 million, distributed his money wisely, giving a hefty chunk to charities: $14 million to the Jack Whittaker Foundation and 10 percent of his fortune to Christian charities.
Months after winning the jackpot Whitaker was overwhelmed with legal and personal issues. To deal with the stress he gave in to drinking and visiting strip clubs.
In 2007, Whitaker said that thieves had emptied all of his bank accounts. But the thefts were light matters compared to what happened to his family. His granddaughter’s boyfriend was found dead from a drug overdose on Sept. 17, 2004. Three months later, the granddaughter died of a drug overdose as well.
Meanwhile, a New Jersey man who won the lottery twice was recently arrested.
Police in Jersey City stopped James Callahan for a traffic violation and seized 350 prescription drug pills and at least two weapons.
The 53-year-old Callahan won nearly $700,000 on winning tickets in New Jersey’s Cash 5 game—once in November 2015 and another time in November 2016.