26 May 2015, By Mandy Paterson

Here’s How You Can Win Powerball

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Modelled on the highly successful American lottery, Powerball was introduced in Australia in 1996 and quickly became a household name with its easily recognisable tagline “One ball could change it all!” Powerball is one of Australia’s favourite lotto games with record jackpots reaching $80,000,000.

Lotto strategists may like to follow Powerball “hot numbers” and make predictions based on the draw frequency of certain numbers. Since 2013, the following numbers have been drawn the most amount of times in Powerball:

  • 4 (25 times)
  • 13 (21 times)
  • 24 (21 times)
  • 26 (23 times)
  • 29 (23 times)
  • 32 (27 times)
  • 34 (21 times)

There are also Powerball “cold numbers” which have been drawn the least amount of times since 2013:

  • 1 (11 times)
  • 2 (12 times)
  • 11 (12 times)
  • 12 (12 times)
  • 17 (11 times)
  • 33 (13 times)

There are other strategies for choosing lotto numbers, some based on emotion, some on mathematics, some completely random:

The goal of Powerball is to correctly choose all 6 winning numbers plus the Powerball in order to win Division 1. The first 6 numbers are chosen from a barrel with 40 numbered balls, while the Powerball is chosen from a barrel with 20 numbered balls. Here’s all you need to know in a quick table:

Division What you need in one game to win Odds based
on 1 Game*
Odds based
on 12 Games
Percentage of prize pool
1 6 winning numbers
+ the Powerball
1:76,767,600 1:6,397,300 40%
2 6 winning numbers 1:4,040,400 1:336,700 3.25%
3 5 winning numbers
+ the Powerball
1:376,312 1:31,360 3.40%
4 5 winning numbers 1:19,806 1:1,651 1.90%
5 4 winning numbers
+ the Powerball
1:9,123 1:761 1.45%
6 3 winning numbers
+ the Powerball
1:641 1:54 12.65%
7 4 winning numbers 1:480 1:40 11.35%
8 2 winning numbers
+ the Powerball
1:110 1:10 26%

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