Gym owner Sue shares how her Christmas dinner descended into chaos when she learned that the $80 million Powerball jackpot was hers to share with 54 members.
West Australian gym owner Sue has emerged as one of 55 women who pulled off an incredible $80 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday.
Sue shared her excitement for Friday morning’s Triple M Breakfast with Basil, Zeve, and Jenna, revealing that all the winners were members of her gym who paid just $5 for a ticket and are now in their bank account. Each has an additional $1.45 million.
“A group of women from my gym were out at our Christmas dinner and one of the husbands called and said, ‘Hey, I think you ladies won the lotto’,” she recalled.
“We went ‘no, don’t think so’. So we took out tickets and checked the numbers and you should have seen the restaurant, it went into complete chaos.
Sue said she offered everyone in the gym the opportunity to join the syndicate for just $5, setting up a small sign on the counter in front of her.
“We’re in our 30s and the oldest will be 84. The biggest morning bell I had was ringing people to tell them he won a half million dollars,” Sue said, adding that she was still Share the news with about 10 more women in need.
After working her “bomb off” during the COVID pandemic to keep her gym open, Sue said it was the “biggest thing” to share the win with “the most amazing women I work with every day”.
“I feel so blessed to be able to share this with them,” she said through tears.
“It’s going to be life changing for all of us.”
“I said yesterday, ‘You know what ladies? Somebody’s going to win it tonight, so why can’t we?’
Her husband, who is soon to turn 60, had recently been made redundant and the pair began to worry about what their future would hold.
“So it’s taken away all that now. We don’t have to worry anymore. Life is good,” she said.
She added that winning big won’t stop her from working out and supporting the rest of the women in the gym.
Adding to the spirit of the day was the fact that Sue’s mother had passed away almost a year ago.
“I think it’s my mom looking down on me,” she said.