Second $40 million Powerball winner found

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

The search for Sydney's newest multimillionaire is over with the second $40 million Powerball winner now found.

The man, a resident of Smithfield in Sydney's west, held one of two division one winning entries which each shared half of the $80 million Powerball prize from Thursday night's draw.

Although his entry was registered lottery officials couldn't get hold of the winner on the phone.

Powerball balls are pictured.
A Sydney man has claimed $40 million from last week's Powerball draw. Source: The Lott (file pic)

On Tuesday, lottery officials revealed he had been found. 

It turns out one of the digits in the phone number he provided was wrong.

He only discovered his win after checking his ticket over the weekend.

"I didn't know I'd won," he said.

“I’d heard there was another Powerball winner they were trying to contact.

“I even said to my friend, ‘we’ll never win, only old people win’."

Hands of guy using phone.
Officials were trying to get ahold of the man but couldn't because he gave them the wrong number. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

The man said the win reduced him to tears and he plans to use the winnings to pay off his mortgage.

“I still can’t believe it,” he said.

“I always thought a couple of million dollars would be good, but this is seven or eight times that amount."

The winning numbers were were 35, 26, 10, 17, 31,19, 21 with the Powerball number 1.

The other winner of $40 million is a Sydney grandmother who lives in Campbelltown.

She said her grandson had predicted she was going to win Powerball.

“I’m a bit gobsmacked. I’m in shock. I can’t believe it," she said.

“I’ve been playing for a long time. But you never think this is going to happen to you.”

Forty-three winners claimed the division two prize and each took home more than $31,000.

The jackpot for this Thursday night's Powerball draw is $8 million.

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