Big Changes for Australia Powerball
Starting Thursday, April 19, 2018, Australia Powerball will have a new format that will lead to more rollovers and higher jackpots, as well as more overall winners per draw.
Under the new rules, players will choose 7 main numbers from a selection of 1-35, rather than 6 from a guess range of 1-40. The additional Powerball guess range remains the same at 1-20.
The jackpot winning odds will be longer at 1 in 134,490,400, from 1 in 76,767,600. The odds of winning a prize overall will rise to 1 in 44 from 1 in 78.
The prize categories will grow from 8 to 9.
Ticket prices will also grow by 25¢.
How to Play and Win Australia Powerball
Australia Powerball is a local take on the popular US Powerball lottery, bringing huge jackpots and great secondary prizes to the southern hemisphere. Australia Powerball isn’t the only lottery to be inspired by US Powerball’s enormous success – New Zealand Powerball and South Africa Powerball also borrowed US Powerball’s winning formula.
Tatts Group operates Australia Powerball through the Lott and its subsidiaries throughout Australia: New South Wales Lottery in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Tattersalls in Victoria, Golden Casket in Queensland, and South Australian Lotteries in South Australia. Lotterywest, a government-owned company, operates Powerball Australia in Western Australia.
Since Australia Powerball’s first draw on May 23, 1996, there have been several jackpots as high as AU$80 million! Australia Powerball usually has one winner per jackpot, whereas US Powerball jackpots often have multiple winners. Prizes won in Australia Powerball are paid tax-free. US Powerball winners pay federal tax and possibly state taxes, as well.
How to Play Australia Powerball
Playing Australia Powerball is a little different from playing US Powerball. As of April 19, 2018, players choose 7 numbers from 1-35 and an additional Powerball from a guess range of 1-20. US Powerball, on the other hand, requires players to select 5 main numbers from a guess range of 1-69 and the Powerball from a guess range of 1-26. Drawings are once a week on Thursday.
Australians can purchase tickets from their local lottery retailers. Australia Powerball is also available online to players worldwide.
Winning the Australia Powerball
Did you select all 7 main numbers and the Powerball correctly? Congratulations, you’ve won the Powerball Australia jackpot! You are not required to pay taxes on your winnings.
Including the jackpot, there are 9 total prize categories in Powerball Australia. All prizes are pari mutuel, meaning that the prize amount in any given category will be shared by the winners in that category. The lowest prize category requires that a player correctly match 2 main numbers and the Powerball. Australia Powerball’s jackpot winning odds are 134,490,400:1. The odds of winning any prize are 44:1.
Play Australia Powerball Online
Playing Australia Powerball online is legal, convenient, and fun! Simply choose your numbers online, just like you would in person, except with a mouse instead of a pen, and a lottery ticket messenger service buys a physical ticket that matches your online entry. The messenger service scans and uploads your ticket to your account and keeps the actual ticket in a safe in case it’s a winner.
Try it! Play Australia Powerball online today!