Sweethearts sweep $20m

Nextra Sunbury team Melissa Hubbard, Victoria Ariston, Elizabeth McEwan and Sophie Cousins (supplied).

A couple from Sunbury has breathed a sigh of relief that their eyes weren’t deceiving them and they really are $20 million richer after the November 23 Powerball draw.

The couple held the only division one winning entry nationally in Powerball draw 1436, and pocketed a total prize of $20,000,012.10.

The entry was unregistered, which meant officials from The Lott had to wait for the winners to check their ticket and come forward.

The new multi-millionaires relayed the exact moment they discovered their life had changed forever.

“Wow, oh wow,” the winning wife exclaimed. “That’s pretty incredible.

“We were so concerned that it wasn’t real. I think we checked the win about 10 times.

“We had to do something important this morning, so we hadn’t had a chance to check our Powerball ticket.

“When we came home, we decided to check the ticket and when the $20 million win appeared we honestly thought it was a scam.”

The couple, who buy tickets on and off, said they will keep the news of the win to themselves.

When talking about what they would spend the money on, the wife said “we honestly had to make sure it was real first, so we haven’t had much of a proper think”.

“My husband had various thoughts… [and] we will most likely help our family and friends and complete some other bits and bobs.

Nextra Sunbury manager Melissa Hubbard said she’s thrilled to hear the mystery winners had come forward to claim their multi-million-dollar prize.

“We couldn’t be happier for our winners,” she said.

“Our customers have been really excited to hear their local newsagency had helped changed the lives of a local.”