Tosh's Store employees had called out for residents to check their tickets after Thursday night's $15 million Powerball prize wasn’t claimed. The winners came forward on Valentine's Day.
Tosh's Store employees had called out for residents to check their tickets after Thursday night's $15 million Powerball prize wasn’t claimed. The winners came forward on Valentine's Day. News Corp Australia

"My wife is going mental" after $15m Qld Powerball win

IT'S just as well this Queensland woman insisted on checking her husband's Powerball ticket from last week ... not only did she realise they'd won the $15 million jackpot, but her husband said he could've soon thrown it out otherwise.

When the couple, from Ayr, today discovered they were the missing winners of last Thursday's Powerball draw, they were left screaming and in tears.

"Oh wow! Oh beautiful! Oh wow! My wife is screaming here," the man exclaimed.

"It's bloody awesome. My wife's going mental!"

The wife said: "I'm crying! We're set up for the rest of our lives!"

While the couple, who work in the tourism industry but wish to remain anonymous, said they were regular Powerball players, the man explained that he had bought the unregistered winning Powerball ticket last week on a whim.

"My wife's got a Winners Circle Card that we usually register our lotto tickets to, but I just went in on Thursday to get a coffee and I thought 'Bugger it, it's $15 million! I've got to grab a ticket!'," he said.

"I didn't even think to check it. My wife saw the ticket in my wallet today and said 'that Powerball prize hasn't been claimed yet - let me check that'.

"I'm glad my wife insisted I did, I could've thrown the bloody thing out!"

The couple said they planned to share the prize with their family and go overseas in the future.

"We're going to see the world!" the man said.

"I'd love to go see America, Canada and Europe."

The winners bought their winning ticket from Tosh's Convenience Store in Ayr.

The $15 million Powerball winning couple is the second customer of the store to become a multi-millionaire in just 15 months. In November 2015 an Ayr family won a $23.3 million division one share in a Powerball jackpot.

The $15 million Powerball win is also the second jackpot win in north Queensland in the past week, after a Mareeba farmer claimed a $15 million Oz Lotto division one prize.

News Corp Australia


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