We all have dreams about what we would do if we won the lottery.
Some might buy their dream home, others might book in that perfect holiday in paradise, or perhaps a private jet takes your fancy.
But not Mark Orval, whose plans for if he scoops Thursday night’s $200million Powerball jackpot are rather controversial – and won’t make his wife happy at all.
The former AFL player was on his morning walk on the Gold Coast on Thursday morning when he was stopped by a Sunrise reporter who asked him what he would do with the winnings.
Former AFL player turned social media star, Mark Orval (pictured), told Sunrise he would leave his wife if he wins Powerball’s record $200million jackpot on Thursday night
Fortunately, his wife Sharon appears to have seen the funny side
‘(I’d) pack my bags, disappear, tell my missus I’m sick, and I’ll never be home again, and she’ll never know about it,’ he said.
The comment prompted gasps from the show’s hosts, with the reporter saying: ‘Watch out if you’re this guy’s missus’.
Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew said ‘there might be a few conversations going on in that household today, Lotto win or not’.
The former Collingwood player turned social media personality under the name ‘AngryDad’ took to Instagram to say he was joking and apologised to his wife, Sharon.
‘How ironic I was going for a leisurely stroll at 5.30am planning my getaway after tonight and bang, I get asked my plan and foolishly gave it away,’ he said.
‘Sorry Sharon I was clearly joking.’
Mr Orval would later ironically comment that ‘divorce is on the horizon’ on a post his wife made of her watching the segment.
The jackpot is the largest in n history after it jumped from last week’s $150million grand prize when no one matched all the numbers.
The multimillion dollar prize – the biggest lottery prize offered in n history – will be life-changing for one lucky winner when the winning numbers are drawn and announced after entries close at 7.30pm.
The jackpot is the largest lottery prize offered in n history, with punters around the nation expected to be on the edge of their seats for the winning numbers to be drawn
Officials at the Lott are expecting about half of Aussie adults, around 10million people, to have purchased an entry into Thursday’s lottery.
The winning Powerball numbers are drawn at 8.30pm n standard time and at 9.30pm for states and territories that observe daylight saving time.
Players who take out the top prize will usually need to wait for about two weeks before they receive their winnings, according to The Lott.
The previous record jackpot sat at $160million, while the largest amount won in the lottery was claimed by a Sydney mum who took home $109million in 2019.