The 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 have also borrowed the 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$107 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. For each ticket, you have to choose main numbers and a Powerball number like this:
|Choose your 7 main numbers from 1 to 35.|
|Choose your Powerball number from 1 to 20.|
|Match all the 7 main nos. and the Powerball to win the jackpot.
(Min. AUD3 Million)
Compared to the US Powerball, the Aussie Powerball has one extra main number and different guess ranges for both number categories. However, the overall odds are much better for the Australian version of the game.
When Are the Aussie Powerball Draws?
The official draws for the Aussie Powerball are held once a week on Thursdays at 20:30 AEST. Australians can purchase tickets from their local lottery retailers. Australia Powerball is also available online to players worldwide on theLotter. With this easy-to-use lottery messenger service, anybody can play the most exciting game from Down Under.
The Australia Powerball Prizes
There are 9 prize categories in the Australia Powerball, including the jackpot. To win the first prize, players have to match all the 7 main numbers and the Powerball. The minimum amount for the jackpot is AUD3 million. With each rollover, the prize gets bigger and bigger and it can reach some outstanding amounts.
This lottery does not feature a cap for its first prize, which means that the jackpot can grow indefinitely. The current record stands at a whopping AUD107 million, which was won in by a woman from Sidney in January 2019.
But there are eight other prizes to win in the Australia Powerball and each one is worth playing the game. In the table below, you can see the full prize list for the Aussie lottery:
|Prize||Match||Prize Distribution||Odds of Winning|
(Min. AUD3 M)
|1 in 134,490,400|
|2nd Prize||7||1.8%||1 in 7,078,443|
|3rd Prize||6+PB||1.1%||1 in 686,176|
|4th Prize||6||2%||1 in 36,115|
|5th Prize||5+PB||1.5%||1 in 16,943|
|6th Prize||4+PB||9.7%||1 in 1,173|
|7th Prize||5||7.6%||1 in 892|
|8th Prize||3+PB||15%||1 in 188|
|9th Prize||2+PB||26.3%||1 in 66|
Winning the Australia Powerball
Did you have the winning 7 main numbers and the Powerball? Congratulations, you’ve won the Powerball Australia jackpot! As an added benefit, you are not required to pay taxes on your winnings to the Australian state. Then, depending on the tax laws in your country, you may have to pay some taxes there.
As you can see in the table above, the odds of winning the Australia Powerball are far better than those in the American version of the game. To win the US Powerball jackpot, you have to beat odds of 1 in 292,201,338. Even though the prizes are bigger in the American version of the game, the chances of winning the Australian Powerball jackpot are exponentially better at 1 in 134,490,400.
Play Australia Powerball Online
Playing Australia Powerball online is legal, convenient, and fun! On theLotter, you simply choose your numbers online, just like you would in person, except you do it with a mouse instead of a pen, and the lottery ticket messenger service buys a physical ticket that matches your online entry. theLotter then 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!
US Powerball vs. Australia Powerball
The US Powerball and the Aussie version have similar game formats and offer enormous jackpots. The American Powerball is significantly more difficult to win with odds of 1:292,201,338 for winning the top prize, but offers the largest jackpot in the lottery series, which has reached as much as $1.58 billion.
However, the Australian Powerball comes with more achievable odds and a generous jackpot to aim for. Here is everything you need to know about these amazing games:
|US Powerball||Australia Powerball|
|Game Rules||5 main nos. (1-69)
+ 1 Powerball (1-25)
|7 main nos. (1-35)
+ 1 Powerball (1-20)
|Jackpot Odds||1 in 292,201,338||1 in 134,490,400|
|Jackpot Amount||Min. $40M
Record $1.58 Billion
Australia Powerball Results
Wondering what the winning Australia Powerball numbers are? Check out the updated results below to see if you won the jackpot! The results for the ten most recent draws will always be updated here, so return to the page after each official draw.