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What is Powerball and how does it work?
Powerball is a popular lottery introduced to Australia in 1996 and is played every Thursday night. Powerball offers a larger prize compared to other lottery games.
The current drawing involves two sets of numbered balls:
- The first barrel has 35 balls of which seven are chosen at random.
- The final Powerball comes from a barrel of 20 numbers.
If a player matches the first seven plus the extra ball, it is a Division 1 win worth millions of dollars. The chances of winning the grand prize are 1:134,490,400. These odds mean that it is not unusual that no one picks all of the right numbers.
If several weeks go by without a winner the jackpot can grow into a huge prize. The largest reward so far was $150 million in September of 2019.
What type of Powerball tickets are available?
There are 4 types of tickets: Standard, Powerhit, Systems & Syndicates
What is a Standard ticket?
A Standard game in Powerball is made up of 7 main numbers and 1 Powerball number. Each standard game gives you one chance of winning a prize. Game numbers can be chosen manually or automatically using the QuickPick function. The minimum ticket you can purchase is 4 game lines.
To play you will need to choose 7 main numbers from 1 to 35, as well as 1 Powerball number from 1 to 20.
How to win Powerball?
Match 7 winning numbers and the Powerball to win Division 1 in Powerball. Winning combinations for each division are shown below. For each game line on your ticket, only the highest division is paid out.
|Division 1||All 7 main winning numbers + the Powerball||1:134,490,400|
|Division 2||All 7 main winning numbers||1:7,078,443|
|Division 3||Any 6 main winning numbers + the Powerball||1:686,176|
|Division 4||Any 6 main winning numbers||1:36,115|
|Division 5||Any 5 main winning numbers + the Powerball||1:16,943|
|Division 6||Any 4 main winning numbers + the Powerball||1:1,173|
|Division 7||Any 5 main winning numbers||1:892|
|Division 8||Any 3 main winning numbers + the Powerball||1:188|
|Division 9||Any 2 main winning numbers + the Powerball||1:66|
Most people think they need to get all eight numbers correctly, but you do not have to pick perfectly to win a prize.
This lottery divides its awards into nine divisions. The more numbers you get, the greater your winnings.
Keep in mind you can win a Division 9 prize by correctly picking two general numbers and the Powerball.
There are several ways to increase your odds of winning a prize. Many people take part in lottery syndicates which are groups of people who agree to split the prize if anyone wins.
Here are other options you should consider:
- A PowerHit entry guarantees that your ticket will match the extra ball.
- A Systems entry option gives you the chance to pick anywhere from 8 to 20 general numbers. This choice increases the chances you will win a prize in a higher division.
What time is the weekly Powerball draw?
Lottery participants are sure to be in front of the television on Thursday evenings at 8:30pm AEST (9:30pm AEDT).
Channel 7 broadcasts the weekly lottery drawing and if you can’t make it the results are typically available on our website or app by around 9:00pm AEST (10:00pm AEDT).
Can I increase my chances of winning?
You can increase your chances of winning Powerball by purchasing a more advanced ticket type.
Click on the ticket types below to see how you can increase your chances of winning Powerball.
We also recommend looking at the most and least common numbers in our statistics. Keep in mind that Powerball is a game of chance where all numbers have an equal chance of being drawn.
When do entries close?
Powerball entries close every Thursday at 7:25pm AEST (8:25pm AEDT).
How can I check results?
Details of your results are emailed to you following the draw.
You can also navigate to the Powerball results page for a full breakdown of divisions.
How to check a Powerball ticket?
The most exciting way to check your ticket is by watching the drawing live on television. However, our site & app provides several other ways to view the results.
- The chosen numbers go online about half an hour after the broadcast.
- Once logged in you can see your results for your tickets in either My Account or on the Powerball results page.
- Winners with an online account with us will receive news of their winnings through email.
- Division 1 winners will receive a phone call that will change their lives.
How can I watch the draw?
Powerball is broadcast on Channel 7 or 7TWO (and affiliated regional stations) at approximately 8:30pm AEST (9:30pm AEDT) every Thursday. You can also live stream the draw online on the 7plus website.
Can you win Powerball by matching only two numbers?
To win a prize in Powerball you need at least three correct numbers: two general numbers and the Powerball. The final ball is a critical pick for winning in the lower divisions.
The importance of this pick is one reason that PowerHit entries that guarantee a Powerball match are popular. They increase the chances that you will move up to a higher prize division.
To win with numbers for the first barrel, you must pick at least five correctly.
Still have questions?
Learn about how to play Powerball.