The lucky recipient bought their ticket in Melbourne’s southeast, where the owner of the Casey News and Lotto store is expecting a barrage of customers to come in today hoping to claim the massive prize.
“I saw a message late last night that we had sold the winning entry. It’s very exciting,” Austin D’Souza said.
“This is our second division one win and definitely the biggest one. We sold a division one winning entry a few years ago but it’s been a long time between drinks, so it’s wonderful to see another win in our outlet.
“I’m sure everyone will be coming in today to check their tickets hoping they’re the winner.”
The Lott’s Matt Hart implored everyone who entered the lottery to check their tickets immediately.
The winning numbers for Thursday’s draw, number 1249, were 32, 35, 3, 18, 7, 6, 14. The Powerball was 2.
“You may think there’s no way you could be the winner we’re searching for, but someone is walking around with a ticket worth $23 million,” he said.
“Previous winners have told us they kept their winning tickets in all sorts of places, from wallets and handbags to the car console and fridge door.
“Wherever you keep your tickets, it’s time to find them and check them.”
The winner of the last $20 million figure in March last year relied on a serendipitous method to pick his lucky numbers.
“I dreamt of these numbers a few years back and I’ve kept playing them on Powerball ever since and they finally came up,” the winner said at the time.
“I dreamt these numbers about 30 years ago. It was a very vivid dream and I saw every number in plain sight.
“So I thought I’d better play them on the lottery. I didn’t know which game to play but the amount of numbers I saw in the dream worked well with Powerball so I guess that dream paid off.”
Last month, a man from the Port Macquarie region who had been impacted by the drought and devastating bushfires pocketed the entire $80 million Powerball jackpot.
He said he was overwhelmed by the huge windfall and would spend his money on a new television, having always been left with poor reception and minimal access to stations.
“This is huge for my family,” he said.
“We’ve been through a rough trot. We’ve been battling the drought for years and were affected by the bushfires earlier this year.
“With so much going on in the world right now, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.”