A WOMAN who won £89million in the lottery surprised the world by revealing what she had done the next day.
The nurse from Sydney, Australia, won the largest single prize by a single Powerball lottery winner back in 2019.
She initially thought she’d won a tidy £89,000 when she received the news, before realizing her prize still had a few zeros in it.
Though many winners raked in the life-changing sum and gave up their day jobs, the dedicated caregiver still showed up for work the next morning after taking her kids to school.
The mum explained that one of the few people she shared the incredible news with was her boss – but not to discuss her retirement.
Her love of nursing didn’t wane when her bank balance boomed, so she decided to carry on with her business as usual.
Two years after her win, the Sydney-based multimillionaire, who chose to remain anonymous, has spoken openly about her unwavering work ethic.
She explained: “When I told my boss, she just grabbed me and hugged me tight.
“She was so excited but it was hard for me to tell her at first because you just don’t know how it’s going to go.
“She was more worried about quitting my job, but I told her I had to keep working.
“Nursing is something that’s in my DNA. I can’t not do it!”
Despite a lot of money, the mother continues to live a modest lifestyle – and now appreciates the luxury of ordinary everyday objects.
She continued, “Being able to buy fresh flowers is a luxury. It’s the little things like this that I don’t have to feel guilty about.
“I can now buy a nicer bottle of wine after partying (before) with a cheap bottle of Chardonnay.”
Instead of showering her loved ones with gifts, the nurse chose to treat them to experiences from around the world instead.
She said the memories of her travels – which she never thought her family could afford – are “priceless”.
The down-to-earth winner also bought a stunning new home for her brood in hopes her children will have a nest egg to pass on to future generations.
But she still hasn’t let her wealth change her personality and suggests other lottery winners should do the same.
She said: “If it’s possible and you can stand it, wake up the next morning and go to work.
“It gives you normality and lets the news slowly seep in.”
Nursing is something that’s in my DNA. I can not!
The Australian also offered some firm financial advice to players whose numbers are surfacing – including to keep your lips shut.
“Run, not walk, to a really good financial advisor,” she suggested.
“It takes two weeks for the prize money to be transferred. I used those two weeks to hire a financial advisor that I really trust.”
She also credits her success for closely guarding the secret of her fortune, as only “a handful” of people know.
The mum added: “Before you start sharing the news with your family and friends, take some time to think about who to tell and let the story get out of the headlines first.”
“I have a small group of very loyal friends and you just don’t know how people are going to react, but I haven’t had any negative reactions.
“If this news is having a negative impact on relationships, it’s probably time to end that relationship anyway, and it’s only natural.”
“Honestly, everyone we told was in tears, real tears of joy!
“The people I’ve shared this with have all been so thrilled to be let in on the secret and to be among the people who have helped point me in the right direction.”
She said no one ever asked her for any part of her winnings after telling people it had been “locked away”.
We’ve previously talked about a number of lottery winners who have won millions but decided to keep working.
From school lunch ladies to shelf stackers, this dedicated bunch refused to let the money change them.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6531403/i-scooped-lottery-jackpot-next-day-surprising/ I hit an £89million lottery jackpot – what I did the next day was very surprising and every winner should too