How to Play Powerball
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Powerball is Australia’s biggest jackpotting lottery, reaching a record $150 million in September 2019. Whilst the game offers millions in prizes each week, unless you know how to play it, you won’t be in with a chance of winning the jackpot. Find out how to play Powerball, how to win and if you win, what happens next.
How to Play Powerball
1. Register an Online Account
Play Powerball online by registering an account with Oz Lotteries. This is a quick and easy process that you can complete in 30 seconds or less! Visit the Oz Lotteries registration page to complete this step.
2. Pick Your Powerball Ticket Type
Choosing your Powerball Ticket online is easy when you can read about each ticket option. The tricky part is deciding! Powerball online tickets options include:
A Powerball standard ticket is made up of 7 numbers and 1 Powerball number. Each game will give you 1 chance of winning. You can either randomly choose numbers using QuickPick or choose your own.
A PowerHit ticket guarantees you the Powerball number in every game. You can either QuickPick or choose 7 numbers, and automatically receive the Powerball. This ticket increases your chances of winning a prize.
You can also play Powerball in a Syndicate! The smallest syndicate is just $27 and buys you a share in a ticket worth $270 (10 x PowerHit’s). You don’t have to worry about organising it, we do that for you. Purchasing in a Syndicate increases your chances of winning while paying less for the ticket. It also means that you share your winnings with 9 other people.
Purchasing a Powerball System ticket allows you to play more numbers than the standard entry. It gives you every possible 7-number combination of your 8-20 numbers (depending on ticket size). Just like PowerHit and Syndicate tickets, a System ticket will increase your chances of winning.
3. Check the Powerball Results
Once you have registered and purchased your ticket, all you have to do is wait patiently for the Powerball results. You can either watch the draw live on 7TWO around 8:45pm AEST/9:45pm AEDT, check the Powerball results page or have results emailed to you on the night of the draw.
4. Verify Your Identity
Verifying your identity is an important step, but it is also the law in Australia. If you have a win, you can’t withdraw your winnings until you have been verified. This law is in place to help protect customers from fraud. This is an easy process through the Oz Lotteries website or app. Just find your account page and follow the easy steps for verification.
Note: If you reside in South Australia, you will be required to verify your identity before making a purchase.
Have I won Powerball?
You can find out whether you’ve won a Powerball prize through the personalised ticket results emails after the draw. If you’re a Division 1 winner, you will receive a very exciting phone call from the Oz Lotteries team!
How many Powerball numbers are drawn?
7 winning numbers plus the Powerball are drawn every Thursday night. These numbers are drawn from two barrels with draw officials and a government supervisor present. The first barrel holds 35 balls numbered 1 to 35 and the second barrel holds 20 balls numbered 1 to 20. The 7 winning numbers are selected from the first barrel, and the winning Powerball is selected from the second barrel. It’s always an exciting and nerve-wracking moment for our ticket holders!
How many Powerball numbers do you need to win?
To win Division 1 you need to match all 7 winning numbers plus the Powerball. However, you can win Division 9 with as little as 2 winning numbers plus the Powerball. See winning combinations for each division below.
|Division 1||7 winning numbers and the Powerball|
|Division 2||7 winning numbers|
|Division 3||6 winning numbers and the Powerball|
|Division 4||6 winning numbers|
|Division 5||5 winning numbers and the Powerball|
|Division 6||4 winning numbers and the Powerball|
|Division 7||5 winning numbers|
|Division 8||3 winning numbers and the Powerball|
|Division 9||2 winning numbers and the Powerball|
How can you increase your chances of winning Powerball?
Increase your chances of winning Powerball by playing a System or Syndicate ticket. With these tickets, you’re able to play more numbers in more games, which gives you more chances to win the jackpot. You can also choose a PowerHit ticket, which guarantees you will match the winning Powerball number. There’s a lot more to Powerball strategy than simply playing a Standard ticket!
What happens if you win the Powerball jackpot?
Congratulations – you’ve won the Powerball jackpot! You’ve received a phone call from Oz Lotteries to confirm your win. Has your heart stopped racing yet? You should now be able to see your prize money added to your Oz Lotteries account balance (don’t forget to count those zeros!) After you’ve confirmed your win, it’s time to take a breather for 3 weeks while we verify your identity and arrange to transfer your winnings into your nominated bank account. It can be a smart idea to notify your bank manager that millions of dollars will soon be appearing in your account – it may be hard to believe!
Is Powerball rigged?
No, Powerball is not rigged. Independent auditors and government regulatory representatives are present for every Powerball draw. Rest assured that when you purchase an entry into Powerball, there are procedures in place to ensure your entry is valid and has a fair chance of winning.
Is Oz Lotteries a scam?
No, Oz Lotteries is an official, registered reseller of Australian lotteries and has been operating for over 20 years. You can purchase all major Australian lotto games including Oz Lotto and Powerball, as well as a number of charity lotteries including Mater Prize Home, Surf Life Saving Lotteries and Endeavour Foundation Prize Home Lottery through the Oz Lotteries website. All tickets sold through Oz Lotteries have the same chance of winning as any ticket in the draw.
Want your chance at taking out the Powerball jackpot? Jump over to Oz Lotteries and grab your ticket to start playing Powerball now!