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Sydney woman in her 20s wins $60 million Powerball prize

A woman in her 20s from Sydney’s inner city has scooped the entire $60 million jackpot in Thursday night’s Powerball draw.

The woman initially said “this has to be some kind of joke” when told she was the only division-one winner, and was an instant multi-millionaire.

The woman said she would take her family on an overseas holiday when the pandemic was over.

“Are you joking?” the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told officials.

“I’m trying to compose myself. I feel like this has to be some kind of joke.

“It’s my husband who usually buys the tickets. There’s no way he’s going to believe me.”

Breaking the news to the woman proved difficult at first, as calls from officials initially went straight to message bank.

Asked what she planned to do with her windfall, the woman said she would pay off debt, buy a house, and help out her family financially.

“Hopefully, when we can travel again, we will be able to take our whole family somewhere overseas,” she said.

In addition to taking home the division-one prize, the woman’s PowerHit entry also won division two 19 times, boosting her total prize to $60,683,656.95.

Of the nine Powerball division-one winners so far in 2020, four have been from NSW, three from Queensland and two from Victoria.

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The woman initially said "this has to be some kind of joke" when told she was the only division-one winner, and was an instant multi-millionaire.

Waterford woman wins $70 million jackpot after struggling for months

In an instant, Cristy Davis went from living with her grandmother in Waterford to becoming a multi-millionaire after buying an easy-pick at her favorite party store.

Davis, 40, matched all of the winning numbers: 14-47-54-55-68 and the Powerball 25 in the Feb. 12 drawing — winning the $70 million jackpot.

She bought the winning ticket at Huron Plaza Liquor, 694 W. Huron St. in Pontiac.

Davis and a friend stopped at the store to buy scratch-offs and said she randomly decided to play the Mega Millions and also purchased one Powerball ticket.

“I was at work the next morning when my friend FaceTimed me and asked me if I had checked my ticket because the news was saying the winning ticket was bought at the Huron Plaza Liquor,” Davis said.

Cristy Davis, 40, matched all of the winning numbers in the Feb. 12 Powerball drawing winning the $70 million jackpot. (Photo: Michigan Lottery)

“I got off the phone and went to my truck to get the ticket. After I checked it, all I could do was scream. Everyone from work came running to check on me. Once I got calmed down, my boss made sure I was able to get a ride home because there was no way I would be able to drive after learning I was a multi-millionaire.”

Davis, a mother of two and grandmother of one, talked about her big win during a video interview with Michigan Lottery officials during Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order in April.

Before the big win, Davis was living paycheck-to-paycheck, constantly straining to repair her car, but can now afford any dream car she’d like.

She’s still getting used to having a big bank account balance. The first thing she did with her winnings is buy a new house to move out of grandma’s. She plans to invest her money so her children and her children’s children will never have to struggle as she did.

Davis chose to receive her $70 million jackpot as a one-time lump sum payment of about $50 million, rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. After tax, she received about $36 million, according to a news release Wednesday from the Michigan Lottery.

“Winning has caused me to feel overwhelmed, grateful and relieved all at once. I won’t have to live paycheck-to-paycheck any more,” Davis said.

“I remember when Cristy was a teenager, we were at a family gathering talking about what we would do if we ever won big in the lottery,” Davis’s mother, Patricia, said in a statement. “She said: ‘I’d get my car fixed.’ Now, she’ll never have to worry about having a broken-down car again.”

Yousef Antoo, owner of Huron Plaza Liquor, said news trucks were parked in front of the store in February before he found out his store sold the winning ticket. Antoo said he’s happy for Davis and looks forward to sharing his $50,000 bonus commission with his employees and church, in addition to improving the store.

Davis is the second Waterford player to win a lottery jackpot. In 2017, Kevin and Stephanie Blake split a $42 million Mega Millions jackpot with a Rhode Island lottery player. Blake bought his winning ticket at a Waterford 7-Eleven.

It’s also the fifth time a Michigan player has won the Powerball jackpot since the state began offering the game in 2010, lottery officials said.

The last Michigan player to win the Powerball jackpot was Phillip Chippewa from Suttons Bay. In September 2019, Chippewa won the game’s $80 million jackpot. Davis is the fourth Michigan player to win a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot in the last five years.

Still, the largest lottery prize ever paid out in Michigan remains with Donald Lawson of Lapeer. Lawson won $337 million playing the Powerball game in 2012.

An easy-pick from a local party store turned Cristy Davis into a mult-millionaire overnight