Australian couple played the same numbers for 36 years
KYABRAM, Vic., Aus. — The overjoyed $10 million (US$10.5 million) winners of Thursday night's Australian Powerball game don't want to be named, but said they had been struggling to make ends meet on one income for years.
"It will be life-changing," they said.
They plan to use some of the money to secure their financial future and some to help out their family and friends.
The couple played the same numbers for 36 years across a variety of lotto games.
Australia's Powerball game is different than the United States' multi-state Powerball game, but is played in the same manner. Players select five numbers from a pool of 45, and one Powerball number from a separate pool of 45.
Australia Powerball pays all jackpot prizes as lump-sum cash, and no taxes are withheld from the prize.
Just before the lucky couple got the news from a Tatts Lotteries official, they had a call from a relative asking if they knew who the unknown winner from Kyabram was.
"We didn't know who it was, or course, but we said we hoped it was someone in need of a windfall," they said.
They were just about to head down to the outlet which sold them the ticket, K and K Toys, when they got the call.
Outlet owner Kevin Bell said his shop had been unusually busy this morning with people coming in hoping that they had been the unknown winner.
"A few people have been joking this morning that they'll be looking out for someone driving a new car. But I think if I won that sort of money I'd be keeping it quiet too," Mr Bell said.
K and K Toys has previously sold 22 first division winners, but the biggest amount won until now had been $3.3m.