Powerball launched in 1996 and has been going strong ever since. With the First Division prize starting at AU$3 million and often reaching eight figures - the lottery game truly has the potential to turn winners into multimillionaires.
In Powerball, there are two barrels of numbers. The first barrel holds the main balls, which are numbered from 1 to 35. The second barrel holds the Powerball, which can be any number from 1 to 20.
Taking place every Thursday night at 20:30 AEST, the main goal in this game is to match your numbers with the main numbers drawn as well as with the Powerball. The main difference with this lottery game and other ones is that there are no supplementary numbers in Powerball. Instead, there is a “Powerball” which must be matched in order to win the grand prize.
The chance of winning the First Division prize in Powerball is 1 in 134,490,400. However, there is a bigger chance of winning any other division prize with a single game, which is 1 in 44.
Start by purchasing either a QuickPick ticket where the numbers are chosen for you or a Marked entry ticket where you choose your numbers yourself. Each Thursday at 20:30 AEST, seven numbers are drawn from the main barrel and one so-called Powerball is drawn from the second barrel. To win the grand prize, you must match all seven winning numbers as well as the Powerball in a single game panel. There are also eight other ways to win lower prizes, where the odds to win are higher.
You can buy your Powerball tickets online or in authorised retail outlets. Just grab a Quick play ticket, there are a lot of great deals, like six standard entry tickets for $7.10 or twelve just for $14.20. There is also an opportunity to buy a ticket with a guaranteed Powerball match, this type of ticket will cost you $23.60. You can buy a ticket where you choose your own numbers or select to auto fill it with random numbers to speed things along. Tickets prices start from $4.75 for four games. A good choice is to buy a multiplayer game package, like a package for fifty games will cost you $59.20. With this type of tickets you decide in which games you would like to participate, for example only those with a jackpot starting from $10M.