Rocky battler?s $3 million Powerball win

FROM charity case to instant millionaire, that's the rags-to-riches story for Rockhampton's record-breaking $3 million Power-ball winner.

One of the first items on the Rockhampton battler's shopping list is certain to be a new car after his old one broke down on the way to check his winning numbers.

In fact it took him two trips to Nextra Allenstown News, at Allenstown Plaza, for the man who did not want to be named to confirm he was the sole winner of the $3 million Division 1 prize pool with his quickpick, newsagent manager Robyn Richardson said.

"He came too early, at about 7.30 this morning,'' Mrs Richardson said.

She said he had checked his numbers in the newspaper but the official information had not yet come through from Powerball.

Forced to wait an hour for confirmation, the man got back in his car and drove away, only to find his car would not start when he went to return to the newsagency at 8.30am.

"I pray every morning that my car will start,'' the winner, believed to be in his 70s, said. "So a new car is one of the first things I will buy.''

He also revealed other priorities: "I'd like to help out my three lovely sons and pay back a charity that has helped me out.''

Mrs Richardson said the winner looked very "calm and collected'' when he finally made it back to the newsagency, with RACQ help.

"He just said he had a bit of a run of bad luck at the moment ... and he could put it (the $3 million) to good use,'' she said.

Powerball officials said it was a record lotto win for Rockhampton.

Mrs Richardson said the agency sold a Division 2 winning ticket last Saturday.

"It was about $15,000, and the lady was jumping up and down.



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