“I’m really, really lucky. I’m not going to waste it”

Police subsequently found more than $100,000, including about $1,000 in the plumbing.

On Tuesday magistrate Michael Smith said there was “no reason why such honesty should go unrewarded” and granted Amarsinghe $81,597. The rest will go to the state, News Corp Australia reported.

Amarsinghe, who is studying IT in New Zealand, said he was “speechless” when he received the phone call giving him the news. “I’m really, really lucky. I’m not going to waste it,” he said.