Australia Powerball was launched by Tattersall's in May 1996 and was designed to give Australian lottery players the chance to win substantially bigger prizes than those available in other games played across the country. It is currently operated by a number of major lottery operators in various regions, including New South Wales Lotteries, Tattersall's, Golden Casket, South Australian Lotteries Commission and Lottery West.
The largest Powerball Division 1 prize to date was worth AU$80 million and was split between two ticket holders.
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Australia Powerball draws take place every Thursday at 7.30pm AEST (8.30pm AEDT), and the winning numbers are available to view on the Powerball Results page shortly after.
Players purchase their entries and select six numbers from 1 to 40 as well an additional number, known as the Powerball, from 1 to 20. To win the Division 1 prize, players must match all of the main numbers and the Powerball.
Many of the regional lottery operators offer players the chance to buy tickets which guarantee that they will match the Powerball, though these tickets may cost significantly more than a standard entry.
Australia Powerball offers a minimum top prize worth AU$3 million along with seven other prize tiers. Here are the odds on winning on a single play in each of the eight divisions:
|Division||Numbers Required||Odds (Single Game)|
|1st||Match 6 + Powerball||1 in 76,767,600|
|2nd||Match 6||1 in 4,040,400|
|3rd||Match 5 + Powerball||1 in 376,312|
|4th||Match 5||1 in 19,806|
|5th||Match 4 + Powerball||1 in 9,123|
|6th||Match 3 + Powerball||1 in 641|
|7th||Match 4||1 in 480|
|8th||Match 2 + Powerball||1 in 110|
|Approximate overall odds of winning a prize: 1 in 78|
If no players can match all six main numbers and the Powerball, then the Division 1 prize fund "jackpots", or rolls over, to the next draw. Multiple rollovers can generate huge prizes, although the Australian Powerball Division 1 prize can only roll over 25 times in total. If there is no Division 1 winner in the 26th consecutive rollover, then any money added to the prize total will be equally shared by players in the next winning division.
Australia Powerball Tickets
You can play Australia Powerball wherever you are in the world, as long as you are over 18, via an online lottery concierge service which employs agents to purchase the tickets for you in Australia. Once you have registered with the service you will be able to buy tickets for the Australian Powerball game and these will be available to view as a scanned copy within 24 hours of the completion of your purchase.