Powerball $160million jackpot: Newsagency workers brace for ‘hell week’ as punters grab a ticket

The luckiest Powerball numbers from the past year have been revealed while newsagent workers’ prepare for store chaos as the jackpot surges to a record-breaking $160million.

Powerball’s $100million prize skyrocketed an extra $60million after the draw failed to produce a winner for the fifth week in a row last Thursday. 

Last month, The Lott revealed the most frequently drawn winning numbers between July 1, 2021 and the end of June, 2022. 

From the main barrel, winning numbers included 17, 9, 2 and 25 with the least frequently drawn numbers of 33, 31, 34 and 6.

For the separate Powerball barrel, the most frequently drawn number is 19, while 18, 16 and 14 are the least drawn. 

The Lott has predicted over half of all Australian adults will buy a ticket ahead of Thursday’s 1380 draw.  

Newsagency workers across the country are bracing for a ‘hell of a week’ ahead of Thursday’s Powerball draw after the jackpot surged to $160million (pictured, Shellharbour Square Newsagency)

One Newsagent worker shared their co-workers' reactions on Reddit following the announcement the jackpot had hit $160million, with their boss commenting 'oh s***' (pictured, second from the bottom)

One Newsagent worker shared their co-workers’ reactions on Reddit following the announcement the jackpot had hit $160million, with their boss commenting ‘oh s***’ (pictured, second from the bottom)

Some workers at newsagencies took to social media to say they are bracing for an ‘insane’ week.

One worker, who works at a newsagency in Newcastle, NSW shared their coworkers’ reactions to the record-breaking Powerball. 

A screenshot of the group conversation was shared on Reddit on October 21 with the caption ‘my coworkers reactions to the Powerball results’.

One colleague wrote: ‘Powerball went up to 160m.’  

Coworkers replied with crying, tired and flushed face emojis, while the worker’s boss replied with ‘Oh s***’. 

The poster, known as Reddit user the_egg9926, wrote they had never seen a jackpot so high and their store was going to be flat out.   

‘I don’t want to think about it. Gonna be insane,’ the worker wrote.

‘We sold out of a 10 share syndicate today (Friday) already for it, we have three others, and I foresee 2 selling out by close on Sunday. 

‘Here’s hoping everybody doesn’t think it’s worth it lol (wishful thinking be damned).’

One Reddit user who is also a newsagency worker replied: ‘It definitely hurt my feelings a bit this morning. It’s going to be a hell of a week. Again.’ 

Newsagencies across the country are gearing up for the crowds with a store in Cessnock Plaza, in the Hunter Region of NSW 160km north of Sydney, installing ‘crowd control columns’. 

Cessnock Plaza newsagency advertising Powerball's record-breaking division one jackpot (pictured) this Thursday

Cessnock Plaza newsagency advertising Powerball’s record-breaking division one jackpot (pictured) this Thursday

Cessnock Plaza newsagency installed 'crowd control columns' made from balloons (pictured)

The newsagency installed the columns (pictured)  as more than half of Australian adults are predicted to buy a ticket in the upcoming draw

Cessnock Plaza newsagency installed ‘crowd control columns’ made of balloons (left and right) after it was estimated over half of Australian adults would be rushing to buy a ticket in the upcoming draw 

2022 division one Powerball winners by State


Division one winners: 1

Total won: $60,000,000 

New South Wales   

Division one winners: 9

Total won: $221,084,400.39


Division one winners: 3

Total won: $70,000,000

Western Australia

Division one winners: 1

Total won: $63,309,056.98

South Australia 

Division one winners: 1

 Total won: $40,000,000

Northern Territory  

Division one winners: 0

The Lott’s James Eddy said if a single person claims the ‘monumental draw’, they would become Australia’s biggest lottery winner in history. 

‘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,’ Mr 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. 

While no one took home the jackpot prize in last Thursday’s draw, there were a total of 4,139,050 prizes worth more than $75 million won in divisions two to nine. 

Among those winners were 15 division two winners who each took home a $139,057.90 prize.

The lucky numbers for Powerball draw 1379 were 14, 33, 11, 25, 17, 24 and 6, with 18 as the all-important Powerball number. 

The largest Australian lottery winner on record is a Sydney nurse who won $107million on Powerball in 2019.

Mr Eddy said Powerball had already crowned more winners in 2022 than in each of the past three years with 15 Powerball division one wins totalling over $454million.

‘Whether or not we see the arrival of 2022’s sixteenth Powerball division one winner next week remains to be seen,’ Mr Eddy said. 

Pictured, Colonnades Newsagency in Noarlunga Centre, 29km south of Adelaide, South Australia

Pictured, Colonnades Newsagency in Noarlunga Centre, 29km south of Adelaide, South Australia

In 2022, more than 133.5million winners took home over $3.93billion in prize money from The Lott games including Saturday Lotto, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, Keno, Super 66, Lotto Strike and Instant Scratch-Its.

Last financial year, Australia’s official lotteries contributed more than $1.6billion to government revenue via state lottery taxes and donations. 

Australia’s lottery hotspots and lucky numbers across all lottery games in FY22

Statistics compiled by the Lott reveal the most frequently drawn numbers from the main barrel in last year were 17, 9, 2, and 25. 

The least drawn were 33, 31, 34, and 6.

For the Powerball, the most drawn number is 19 – while the least drawn is 18, 16 and 14.

Victoria: the postcodes of 3199 for Frankston sold four division one winning entries.

 NSW and the ACT: the postcode of 2444 for Port Macquarie sold three division one winning entries.

Queensland:  the postcodes of 4670 for Bundaberg/North Bundaberg and 4740 for Rural View/Slade Point each sold three division one winning entries.

South Australia: the postcode of 5000 for Adelaide sold three division one winning entries.

Tasmania: the postcode of 7250 for Launceston / Newstead sold two division one winning entries.

Northern Territory: the postcode of 0828 for Berrimah the Territory’s division one biggest prize from an in-store ticket.

Western Australia: the postcode of 6163 for Hamilton Hill/Yangebub /Spearwood sold five division one winning entries.

Source: The Lott Australia