The massive $160million Powerball jackpot will be shared between three Australians who scored the winning numbers in the nation’s biggest-ever division one prize.
The winning numbers for Powerball draw 1380 on October 27 are 10, 4, 12, 18, 2, 34, 7 and the Powerball is 7.
Powerball’s $100million prize skyrocketed an extra $60million this week after the draw failed to produce a winner for the fifth week in a row last Thursday.
But this week there were three division one winners who will each take home more than $53.3million.
The winning number in Australia’s $160million Powerball draw are 10, 4, 12, 18, 2, 34, 7 and the Powerball is 7.
Newsagents are celebrating the event hoping to sell the winning entry (pictured: a Shellharbour newsagent)
The country’s previous largest division one lottery prize was for Powerball was $150million in 2019 that was eventually split between three winners.
‘Winning $160 million would immediately change your life and those of your nearest and dearest, but it would also be amazing to claim the title of biggest Australian lottery winner in history,’ The Lott’s James Eddy said.
‘As this is the largest Australian jackpot ever offered, we’re expecting it to be busy in-store and online in the lead-up to this monumental draw.’
Ticket holders must have the winning combination of seven wining numbers plus the all-important Powerball number needed to score the division one prize.
By 6pm on Thursday many newsagents were bustling with large queues forming as people headed to get their entry after work (pictured: a queue at a Sydney CBD newsagent)
Australians were heading to newsagents to get their tickets before entries closed at 7.30pm AEST to the $160million Powerball draw – the country’s biggest ever lottery jackpot (pictured: Eastgardens shopping centre in Sydney)
Currently, the biggest Powerball win in Australia was for $107million and was won by a Sydney nurse in 2019.
The proud mum opened up on her win two years later in 2021 revealing she initially thought she had won $107,000.
Surprisingly, the humble nurse said the lotto win didn’t change very much about her life and offered this week’s winner some strange advice: ‘If it’s possible and you can stand it, wake up the next morning and go to work.’
The winner of Australia’s former biggest jackpot was a nurse (stock image) in Sydney who urged the lucky winner of this week’s jackpot to talk to a financial advisor
‘It gives you normality, and it allows the news to slowly sink in.’
She followed with a reminder to make sure you’re well-prepared when the check arrives.
‘Run, don’t walk, to a really good financial adviser,’ the Sydney winner said.
‘It takes two weeks for the prize money to come through. I used those two weeks to engage a financial adviser who I really trusted.’
She added winners need to be careful about who they tell.
‘Only a handful of people know,’ she said of her win.
‘Take some time to think about who you might tell before you start sharing the news with your family and friends, and let the story get out of the headlines first.
‘I have a small group of very loyal friends, and you just don’t know how people will react but I haven’t had any negative responses.
‘If this news affects relationships in a negative way, then it’s probably time for that relationship to end anyway and that’s just natural.
‘Honestly, everyone we told were in tears, genuine, happy tears!
‘The people I have told were all so thrilled to be let in on the secret and be one of the people who helped guide me in the right direction.
‘No one ever asked me for money, not one person. I told people it had been locked away.’
She said one of the few people to know about her life-changing win was her boss but it wasn’t followed by a resignation.
‘When I told my boss, she just grabbed me and gave me the biggest hug,’ she said.
‘She was so thrilled, but it was hard for me to tell her initially because you just don’t know how it’s going to go.
Cessnock Plaza newsagency advertising Powerball’s record-breaking division one jackpot (pictured) this Thursday
‘She was more worried about if I was going to quit my job but I told her I needed to keep working.
‘Nursing is something that is in my DNA. I can’t not do it!’
While continuing to live a modest life, the down-to-earth nurse said it was the small things she wouldn’t normally be able to afford that made her win special.
‘Being able to buy fresh flowers is a luxury. It’s the little things like that, that I don’t have to feel guilty about,’ she said.
‘I can buy a nicer bottle of wine now after (previously) celebrating with a cheap bottle of chardonnay.’
But the nurse revealed the real prize from her record-breaking win was being able to afford experiences with her family.
‘I love books and to be able to go into a bookshop and buy whatever book I want is amazing. It’s things like that that I don’t take for granted,’ she said.
‘And having the ability to travel with the children is incredible. We never thought we’d be able to afford to do that. It was always out of reach for us, so to have those memories is priceless.’
As well as these luxuries, the Sydney family bought a lovely home, and hoped that future generations would continue to live in it.