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.