A group of 55 gymgoers claim they’re the lucky winners of a life-changing $80million Powerball jackpot.
The women were reportedly part of a syndicate at their local Curves gym in Beldon, northern Perth.
Sue, who owns the gym, claims they each chipped in $5 for the monster jackpot, and she’s spent all morning calling her clients to pass on the happy news.
It’s understood the gymgoers will pocket a cool $1.5 million each.
‘I have just had the greatest morning ringing people to tell them they have won $1.5 million. There’s still about 10 people I haven’t been able to get hold of yet,’ she told Triple M Perth’s breakfast with Basil and Xav on Friday morning.
The winning numbers were 4, 5, 19, 26, 27, 30 and 33, with the all-important Powerball number 8 (stock image)
Some of the reported winners were enjoying a Christmas dinner at an Italian restaurant in Heathridge when they learned of the win.
‘A group of us ladies from my gym were out at our Christmas dinner and one of the husbands rang and said ‘hey, I think you ladies just won the lotto’ and we said, nah,’ Sue recalled.
‘So I got the ticket out and we checked the numbers and you should have seen the restaurant it went into absolute chaos… it turned to mayhem.’
The numbers from draw 1333 were 27, 30, 4, 5, 33, 26 and 19 and the all-important Powerball number was 8.
The division one ticket was purchased from Lotterywest.
The $80 million Powerball caught the attention of many hopeful entrants with Christmas looming
One in four Aussies were estimated to have bought a ticket ahead of the jackpot.
A handful of clients at the Curves Beldon gym opted out of entering the draw, Sue claims.
But for the 55 women who have won, the money will be ‘life changing’.
Sue has no plans to quit or retire on the winnings, but said it is a weight off her shoulders after her husband was made redundant at his job recently.
‘So, we were starting to get a little bit worried about what the future was holding for us so this has taken all that away now. We don’t have to worry anymore, life’s good,’ she said.
Previously, only two people have won more than $80 million from a single Australian lottery game.
Earlier on Thursday, it was revealed one in four Aussies were estimated to have bought a ticket ahead of tonight’s huge jackpot (stock image)
They were a Sydney mother, who won a $107 million Powerball prize in 2019, and a father also from the Harbour City who won $96 million in Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot the same year.
Although one lucky Western Australian resident snagged the $80 million, The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said it was still a good idea for anyone who held an entry into tonight’s draw to check their tickets.
‘You may not have been the one that won division one tonight, but there was a total of 2.5 million prizes worth more than $45.14 million won in divisions two to nine in tonight’s draw,’ he said.
‘Among those winners were 14 division two winners, who each take home a prize worth $89,207.70.’
In August this year, a Melbourne cleaner won $80 million after losing his job during the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘I am certainly going to pay off the mortgage and the other bills we have to begin with,’ he said at the time. ‘We are going to set up our kids for life.’
To take home the $80 million on offer from Powerball tonight, the odds were a whopping one in 134 million.
Of the 17 previous Powerball division one winning entries in 2021, 10 landed in NSW, five in Queensland, and two in Victoria.
You can now add a major winner from Western Australia to the list.