After 48 hours waiting for the second $50 million Powerball winner to come forward, a “shocked” hardworking father from Riverwood in Sydney’s south has become the latest multi-millionaire.
After discovering the Powerball ticket he had been carrying in his wallet for the past two days was worth $50 million, he told a NSW Lotteries official he couldn’t quite believe it.
The Sydney man was one of the two division one winners nationally in Thursday’s $100 million Powerball draw.
Speaking to a NSW Lotteries official, the elated man expressed his disbelief at his $50 million payday.
“Oh yeah mate, I’m in a bit of shock to be honest!” he laughed. ”It’s just been in my wallet the whole time. I’m guarding this ticket with my life. ”
“I didn’t scream at the news. I won’t scream until I have it all in my hand!”
He said he will use his windfall to retire early and set his loved ones up for the future.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning entry at Broadarrow Newsagency in Narwee.
Owner Mandy Tiaw said was thrilled her customer had come forward to claim his prize.
“That’s great to hear the winner has been found,” she said. ”I’ve been telling all my customers we sold the division one winning ticket. I’ve only had this store for less than two months so it’s amazing to have such a big win so soon.”
A young Melbourne man in his 20s is already planning what he’s going to do with his $50 million Powerball prize.
The lucky Melbourne man told lottery officials on Friday morning that he slept on the knowledge of his mammoth win after checking his entry before going to bed late on Thursday.
“I’m trying to remain as calm as possible,” he said. “I’m going to do the right thing. This win is life-changing.”
“I’m going to look after my whole family – invest money in property and shares. It will make a massive difference to a lot of people.”
There were two division one winning entries nationally in Thursday’s draw – one each from Victoria and New South Wales.
Each division one winning entry takes home $50 million.
Thursday’s division one win is the latest in a string of wins for the southern Sydney region.
So far this year, the region has enjoyed 14 major lottery prizes worth more than $72.86 million.