‘Ozzie’ is another name for an Australian person. This is why one of the most successful lotteries in the country is called ‘Oz Powerball’. Powerball is a well-known lottery in the world, and Australia has its own version. The rule of this Powerball lottery is the same as in the United States, Great Britain and many other countries. You need to pick six numbers. If these numbers match with the lottery balls that appear during the draw ánd when you have the extra Powerball number, the Jackpot is yours.
Oz Powerball has become a household name in Australia since 1996. In the past 20 years it has become just as popular as its American ‘brother’. The Australian version is unique in its own way though, because when there’s no hit the Jackpot doubles. This rule was established in 2013. When the Jackpot surpasses 10 million dollars, it doubles next time if there are no winners. Another rule of the Australian Powerball is that the maximum limit of rollovers is 25. If there are still no winners, the Jackpot prize is filtered to the second prize division.
The lucky seven at Powerball Australia
Oz Powerball is all about the ‘lucky seven’: six matching numbers and the Powerball will make you a millionaire. Obviously you need to have a lot of luck, because these numbers have to be chosen out of a range of 40. The Powerball is one of 20 possible numbers. You never know if your dream will come true. For some players it did happen. Two persons were lucky enough to win the biggest Jackpot ever in 2009, namely 80 million dollars! They didn’t mind that they had to share the prize…
Popular lottery in Australia
Thanks to Powerball there a lot of Australian people have become rich. Some of them can even call themselves millionaires now. The fact that you can win a lot of money is not the only reason for the popularity of Powerball. It also has some incredible prize pools, including one with 3 million dollars. You only have to pay 1,70 dollar to participate in the lottery, so that’s not much.
The Powerball Lottery uses 8 divisions in total. You can win the biggest prizes in the first division, and smaller prizes in the last divisions. An overview how you can win:
Division How do you win?
First division All the 6 winning numbers and the Powerball number
Second division All the 6 winning numbers
Third division 5 winning numbers and the Powerball
Fourth division 5 winning numbers
Fifth division 4 winning numbers and the Powerball
Sixth division 3 winning numbers and the Powerball
Seventh division 4 winning numbers
Eight division 2 winning numbers and the Powerball
Winning odds Powerball
Obviously the chance of winning the 80 million dollar Jackpot is not very high. The winning odds in prize 1 in Division 1, is 1:76,767,600. In comparison with a single Powerball game: this is 1:110. When you play 12 games the winning odds increase to 1:12. So how more you play, how higher the winning chances will be. Although your chance of winning the Jackpot is low, you should definitely try!
Results Powerball Australia
Thousands of Australians sit in front of their television every Thursday evening at 8.30 a.m AEST. This is the moment when the draw takes place. More than 40 balls appear from two separate barrels. Perhaps it’s your lucky day!
Prize divisions Powerball
Oz Powerball has eight prize divisions in total. Players who end up in the first or second division win the biggest prizes. The 6th, 7th and 8th divisions have the lowest prize money. On the other hand, the winning odds are the lowest in the first categories. The chance of ending up in the lowest categories and win a small amount of money is obviously much bigger. To win something, at least two numbers need to match with the balls that appear during the draw. This amount of numbers do you need to guess correctly to end up in one of the prize divisions of Oz Powerball:
Divisions Winning numbers
1st division 6 + Powerball
2nd division 6
3rd division 5 + Powerball
4th division 5
5th division 4 + Powerball
6th division 3 + Powerball
7th division 4
8th division 2 + Powerball
Powerball lottery draw
Thursday evening is always very exciting for the Australian Powerball Lottery players, because then the lottery draw takes place. You see two barrels with numbers. In the first one 40 balls with a range of 1 to 40 are placed. In the second barrel you’ll find 20 barrels with the numbers 1 to 20. 6 winning numbers are selected from the first barrel, but just one of the second barrel. However, this last number is the very important ‘Powerball’. To win the Jackpot you need to have a match between your 6 numbers and the Powerball number. You can watch the Powerball lottery draw at television at 8:30 p.m. AEST and or at 9:30 p.m. AEDT. After the game you’ll receive an email with the results. Hopefully it has some good news for you!