Australia Powerball Set For Big Changes In April 2018
Last Updated: Monday 26 March 2018, 16:58 pm
A number of exciting changes have been announced for Australia Powerball which are set to lead to more winners being created in every draw and bigger jackpots. The changes will come into force on Friday 13th April, in time for the following draw on Thursday 19th April.
Players will have to select seven numbers between 1 to 35. The current format sees six numbers drawn from 1 to 40.
New Prize Tier
The existing prize structure has eight different ways to win Powerball prizes, but the revamp will see the introduction of a ninth prize category.
The addition of another prize tier will see the overall odds of winning improve from 1 in 78 to 1 in 44, which is set to result in more players picking up prizes in every draw.
While the overall odds of winning are set to improve, the chances of landing the jackpot will lengthen from 1 in 76.7 million to 1 in 134.4 million. The First Division prize may therefore be won less frequently, potentially leading to some bigger jackpots being offered in future. The current record stands at $80 million and dates back to 30th July 2009, when two players split the money.
There will just be a few more draws under the current format before the changes are introduced after the draw on Thursday 12th April. The cost of playing will increase to help deliver the changes and players who have entered several draws in advance via a subscription are advised that they will need to approve suggested updates before being able to play.
The current Powerball jackpot is worth $3 million after two ticket holders split $40 million in the draw on Thursday 22nd March. You can choose numbers online for the next draw or go to any authorised retailer in Australia.