A court has heard how a young Powerball winner's life quickly spiraled out of control after he won $22 million and

Powerball winner: How an Adelaide plumber’s life spun out of control after winning $22million

How a Young ‘Hedonistic’ Powerball Winner’s Life Spinned Out of Control After Winning $22 Million Until He Was Found With Cocaine, Ecstasy and a Gun in His Home trashed party

  • Adelaide man thrown behind bars after drugs and gun found in ‘party house’
  • Joshua Winslet won $22 million at Powerball in 2017 and dropped out of his plumbing gig
  • Judge ruled he lost motivation and used millions to buy drugs from ‘so-called’ friends

A young tradie’s life quickly began to spiral out of control after he won a staggering $22million raffle and used the money to fund his drug-fueled party lifestyle, with police pics property revealing the extent of debauchery.

Joshua Winslet, 27, was sentenced to three years and nine months, with 18 months without parole last week, but his time behind bars was suspended on a two-year good behavior bond, with surveillance.

The Powerball winner pleaded guilty to supplying MDMA and possessing a firearm without a license after a police raid on this New Port home in Adelaide uncovered 2.27g of cocaine, 27 .3g of MDMA and a handgun with ammo in a manhole in the bathroom.

Adelaide District Court Judge Heath Barklay said the former plumber was ‘hopelessly addicted’ to drugs at the time of the offense and started hanging out with the ‘wrong crowd’.

“You stopped working and over time fell into regular drug use,” Judge Barklay said at sentencing, the Adelaide Advertiser reported.

“Because of the money you had earned, there was no motivation on your part to work or do anything but have fun.”

A court heard how a young Powerball winner’s life quickly spiraled out of control after he won $22million and ‘lost his motivation’ in life (pictured, a room in the ‘party house’)

Confront photos from inside New Port Residence, a suburb in northwest Adelaide, show a bowl of white powder inside an almost empty fridge

Confront photos from inside New Port Residence, a suburb in northwest Adelaide, show a bowl of white powder inside an almost empty fridge

Hanging on one of the walls is Winslet's winning lottery ticket (pictured) while in other rooms empty bottles, cans and dirty plates cover almost every available surface

Hanging on one of the walls is Winslet’s winning lottery ticket (pictured) while in other rooms empty bottles, cans and dirty plates cover almost every available surface

Pictured: The Mauser handgun found hidden in a manhole at Winslet's New Port home

Pictured: The Mauser handgun found hidden in a manhole at Winslet’s New Port home

He said Winslet’s new millions had been used to feed the drug-taking habits of those who frequented his house parties – with one of his ‘so-called friends’ bringing an illegal firearm and ammunition to store on its roof.

Front-facing photos from inside the property show a bowl of white powder inside a near-empty refrigerator.

Winslet’s winning lottery ticket hangs on one wall, while in other rooms empty bottles, cans and dirty plates cover almost every available surface.

Winslet’s solicitor, David Edwardson QC, said the ‘appalling’ condition of the house was because its occupants at the time treated it as a ‘party house’.

In his sentencing submissions in July, Mr Edwardson explained that his client’s millions were managed by his parents in a trust account, but that Winslet had used a party to buy property in South Australia and New Zealand.

Winslet's solicitor, David Edwardson QC, said the state

Winslet’s solicitor, David Edwardson QC, said the ‘appalling’ condition of the house was because its occupants at the time treated it as a ‘party house’.

Adelaide District Court heard police attended the home (pictured) after receiving reports that drugs were being manufactured there

Adelaide District Court heard police attended the home (pictured) after receiving reports that drugs were being manufactured there

Officers found 2.27g of cocaine on Winslet, 23.9g of MDMA in a safe in one of the bedrooms and 4.4g of MDMA in the wardrobe (pictured, a room in the house)

Officers found 2.27g of cocaine on Winslet, 23.9g of MDMA in a safe in one of the bedrooms and 4.4g of MDMA in the wardrobe (pictured, a room in the house)

Mr Edwardson said his client went through an ‘awakening’ after learning he could take time for his actions.

Judge Barklay said the 27-year-old’s newfound wealth had led him to settle for ‘living a hedonistic lifestyle punctuated by drug use’.

He chastised Winslet for possessing the gun because it increased the likelihood of people using it for “illegal purposes”.

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Powerball winner: How an Adelaide plumber’s life spun out of control after winning $22million

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