A hardworking dad from Riverwood is in a state of disbelief this afternoon after discovering the Powerball ticket he had been carrying in his wallet for the past two days was worth $50 million.

The shocked Sydney man was one of the two division one winners nationally in Thursday’s $100 million Powerball draw, draw 1161 on Thursday 16 August 2018. Each division one winning entry takes home $50 million.

The other division one winner from the draw was a young Melbourne man in his 20s, who discovered his good fortune yesterday morning.

The two new division one winners join an exclusive club of just 15 Australians who have won a division one prize of $50 million or more in an official Australian lottery draw.

Speaking to a NSW Lotteries official this afternoon to confirm his win, the elated man expressed his utter 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.

“This morning I heard the winner was from the Bankstown area and they hadn’t found them yet.  I usually only check my tickets every few weeks.

“So I got my son to check the numbers for me online.

“I’m still in shock, I can’t describe it.

“I didn’t scream at the news – I won’t scream until I have it all in my hand!”

The regular player shared he and his wife had worked hard all their lives to raise their family, and he looked forward to using his Powerball windfall to retire early and set his loved ones up for the future.

“It’s crazy! It’s a lot of money to win,” he said.

“We’re going to get financial advice – that’s the key now.”

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning entry at Broadarrow Newsagency, 66 Broadarrow Road, Narwee.

Broadarrow Newsagency owner Mandy Tiaw said she was ecstatic her customer had been united with his massive 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.”

Young Melbourne man stunned by Friday morning’s $50 million Powerball surprise

A young Melbourne man in his 20s has been revealed as the other division one winner from Thursday’s $100 million Powerball draw.

When speaking to officials yesterday to confirm his mammoth prize, the over-the-moon winner confessed he knew he had become a multi-millionaire when he checked his entry Thursday night before bed.

“I’m trying to remain as calm as possible!” he laughed.

“I only bought this entry last night before the draw closed.

“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.”

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his entry online. 

So far in 2018, there have been 13 Powerball division one winning entries worth $274 million across Australia. 

Up to one-in-three Australian adults had an entry in Thursday’s record-breaking draw.

Thursday’s draw also saw more than 3.79 million prizes won across divisions two to nine worth more than $66.6 million. Among these winners were 15 division two winners who each take home a prize of $122,896.20. 

The numbers drawn Powerball draw 1161 on Thursday 16 August 2018 were 33, 3, 32, 13, 27, 35 and 31. The all-important Powerball number was 3.

Powerball draw 1162 will offer $3 million next Thursday 23 August 2018.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 251 so far this calendar year.