Since 1996, Powerball has offered some of the biggest lotto jackpots in the country. As such, it is little wonder this Tatts Group Limited game ranks among our very favourite Australian lottery draws here at AG.
The Powerball draw is held every Thursday night at 8:30pm AEST (entries close at 7:00pm the same night). Six numbers are plucked from a pool of 40 balls, in addition to a seventh number – the Powerball – which is drawn from a separate barrel of 20 numbers. Since this special number is pulled independently from a separate pool, it can potentially be the same value as one of the first six.
Prior to March 2013, only six balls in total were drawn each week: five main numbers and a Powerball, from two bins containing 45 balls each. These rule changes have resulted in the creation of an extra payout division, as well as different odds for each potential winning combination.
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For each game of Powerball lotto you play, you must pick five numbers as well as a separate Powerball number. Remember that your numbers do not “cross over”; so your Powerball number only counts as a win if it matches the Powerball number drawn, and your five standard numbers can only match the five numbers drawn from the main barrel.
You can choose to select your own numbers one by one, or else opt for a Quick Pick whereby all your numbers are generated at random. At Oz Lotteries, there is also a series of interactive methods to pick numbers by playing simple arcade-style games.
In order to win a prize in Powerball, you will need to match at least three numbers. This results in eight different ways to win:
The chances of winning at least the eighth division are 1 in 110. This compares favourably to other major lottery games in Australia – for instance, the lowest division in Saturday Lotto returns at 144 to 1. However, the nature of this format makes it very difficult to win the Division 1 prize; the odds of a single ticket hitting all seven numbers are nearly 1 in 77 million. This helps account for the fact Powerball’s top prize can jackpot to enormous amounts before some lucky ticket-holder’s wildest dreams come true. The largest ever Powerball jackpot was hit in July 2009, when multiple winners split a total prize of AUD $80 million.
In many cases, Powerball games must be purchased four at a time, meaning a single ticket actually consists of four separate games. While players are permitted to buy tickets on an individual basis, there are many creative ways in which players can purchase multiple games or join groups that are buying more tickets. For instance, at Oz Lotteries players can choose from the following options:
The normal purchase, in which you may choose to pick your own numbers or have them randomly selected for you. A single standard game costs $1.05, and players may purchase as many tickets as they wish.
This group play option allows you to buy a share – or several shares – in one or more Powerball lotto tickets. If any of these tickets ultimately wins, the prize money is distributed equally for each share. You can play anonymously with randomly generated Oz Lotteries Syndicate games, or in a Social Syndicate with friends, family, co-workers, or whoever else you wish to be a stakeholder. This is a great way to partake in a large system without having to risk thousands of dollars every week.
In a system play, you purchase tickets covering every possible combination of six numbers plus the Powerball, for a certain group of numbers. For instance, in a System 10 you will play the equivalent of 210 standard games, with each one covering a different sequence of the 10 numbers in your system. Prices start at just under $8 for a System 7, rising up to over $40,000 for a System 20 which equates to 38,760 standard games.
This is a special type of system game which covers every possible Powerball, from 1 to 20. This ensures that you will hit the Powerball on one of your tickets, which means you only have to worry about matching at least two of the remaining five numbers to the correct Powerball value. PowerHit prices range from $21 (seven standard games) up to more than $19,000 (over 18,000 standard panels).
This falls somewhere between a standard Powerball Quick Pick ticket and a system play. In a super combo, you will play many combinations of a set group of numbers, but not enough to cover every single combination. For instance, the Super Combo 9A takes nine numbers and mixes them up in 30 different games, giving you many ways to win with those numbers. A Powerball Super Combo can cost anywhere between $30 and just over $500.
Since Powerball numbers are drawn entirely at random, there is no strategy when it comes to increasing your chances of winning a prize: any numbers can win, and no combination is more likely than any other. However, you should mind the standard advice to choose at least one or two numbers of 32 or higher when filling your own ticket.
Why? Because combinations with a couple of high numbers in them are more likely to claim a Division 1 jackpot outright, rather than one that is split between multiple winners. This is due to the fact that many people play numbers that correspond to birthdays and anniversaries. And since no month has more than 31 days in it, higher numbers are less commonly played – meaning you are less likely to have to share a big prize if you happen to be the lucky winner.