A DAD had a strange feeling he had won a $60million lottery jackpot – then he answered the phone to be told the good news.
The lucky Aussie father claimed the entire Powerball division one jackpot today.
The Canberra man bought tickets in the Powerball draw 1363 but didn’t bother to look when his winning numbers – 22, 6, 1, 16, 17, 29 and 11, and the Powerball 2 – came up.
He found out when he got a call from lottery officials and allegedly picked up on the first ring, according to 9news.
“Are you serious?” he was said to have told the caller from The Lott when he heard the life-changing news.
“I’m laughing. I’m lost for words. I’m pacing around. I can’t believe it.
“I’m going to have a heart attack.”
He added: “You know what? I had a feeling it was The Lott calling me. I thought, ‘They’re going to call me at 8.30pm tonight’. Wow. Wow. Wow.”
The lucky lotto winner said he always played the same number inspired by his family.
They helped him win $60,701,558.85 (£34422972.41), once his division one win and 19 division two prizes were taken into account.
The man has already started making plans.
“I’m going to retire,” he said.
“I have children and a very large family. They’re going to be looked after. I can’t believe it. Oh my god.”
The lucky dad said the win comes following difficult year.
“I’m going to pay off some bills and enjoy living debt-free. I’m going to take a long-overdue holiday with my family,” he said.
“I can’t believe it. I’m shaking.”
Divisions two to nine paid out about $32 million combined.