There could be a shortage of young tradies in Sydney after six friends snared the entire Powerball jackpot of more than $16.4 million in last night’s draw and vowed never to work again!
 
The private lottery syndicate of six men in their 20’s held the only division one winning entry in Powerball draw 1118 on Thursday 19 October 2017.  Each syndicate member takes home a share worth more than $2.73 million.
 
NSW Lotteries delivered the life-changing news to the unsuspecting syndicate leader first thing this morning.
 
“Are you kidding me?!” he exclaimed.
 
“Oh my god! That’s mad! Sweet!
 
“How do I get it?”
 
The happy man explained the private syndicate had only began earlier this year.
 
“We’re all hardworking… except for one of us,” he laughed.
 
“We’re all going to quit at the same time!  I’m never going to work again!  I’m going to put the money to work to buy a house, buy another house and start building. 
 
“Bugger going back to work!”
 
But the man admitted his fellow syndicate members might need a little convincing that they were now multi-millionaires.

“I don’t think they’ll believe me.  Every time I usually tell them ‘boys, we’ve lost again!’,” he said.
 

As well as celebrating their incredible win, the young man said the syndicate members were likely to use their new millionaire status to pay off any loans and get ahead.
 
“It will pay my house off instantly so that’s one load off my back,” he said.
 
“Thank you very much.  You’ve made my year!”
 
The members of the private syndicate, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased their winning 50-game marked entry online at theLott.com – Australia’s official lotteries.
 
The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1118 on Thursday 19 October 2017 were 11, 34, 17, 31, 8 and 9, while the all-important Powerball number was 16.
 
Across Australia there was only one division one winning entry in Powerball draw 1118 – the private syndicate from Sydney.
 
Last financial year, 18 Powerball division one winning entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions won more than $273 million.  During this time, the biggest individual division one Powerball prize was won by a syndicate of Queensland Government workers who took home $55 million.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 329 so far this calendar year, including 103 won by NSW Lotteries customers.