Player’s Guide to the Australian Powerball

Player’s Guide to the Australian Powerball

Australian Powerball

Lottery Info…

The Australian Powerball is played weekly on Thursdays at 8.30pm, (AEST).  It has been around since May 1996, and is quickly becoming one of Australia’s most popular games. The Australian Powerball offers a minimum jackpot of AUD$3 million. The format of the game means that once the top prize reaches AUD$10 million, a minimum of AUD$10 million is added to the jackpot with each rollover.

The largest Australian Powerball jackpot to date was in 2009, after eight consecutive rollovers, totalling AUD$80 million, and was shared between two tier one prize winners.

There are some major differences between the American and the Australian Powerball lotteries that need to be taken into account. Firstly, in the US, a ticket which matches the bonus (‘Powerball’) will automatically win, however in Australia, at least 3 numbers are needed to win (i.e. 2 regular numbers, plus the Powerball). Secondly, winners of the Australian Powerball are required to receive their prize as a lump sum and no taxes are collected on Australian Powerball winners, where as in the US, lottery prizes are taxable.


Buying Tickets…

Buying tickets online makes global lotteries such as the Australian Powerball, or the American Powerball both accessible and easy to play. Ticket agents buy lottery tickets on the player’s behalf and winnings are paid out quickly and efficiently.


How it Works…

To be in with a chance of winning the Australian Powerball’s jackpot, players must select 6 numbers from 1 to 40, and a single other ‘bonus’ number from 1 to 20. There are a total of 8 prize tiers to be won.


Prize 1: All 6 numbers + Powerball
Prize 2: All 6 numbers
Prize 3: 5 numbers + Powerball
Prize 4: 5 numbers
Prize 5: 4 numbers + Powerball
Prize 6: 3 numbers + Powerball
Prize 7: 4 numbers
Prize 8: 2 numbers + Powerball