Australia Powerball Background and History
The Australian Powerball might be a bit younger than its American counterpart, but it’s nonetheless just as powerful. Launched in 1996 by the Australian Lotto Bloc, it has quickly become a favorite jackpot game for Australian players.
The lottery had an overhaul on March 1st, 2013 when it started drawing 6 numbers plus the Powerball. This allowed for the Division 8 prize level, allowing players to win amazing prizes by matching only two main numbers and the Powerball.
Although very similar to its US equivalent, The Australian Powerball has a few significant differences that stand out:
In American Powerball a ticket automatically wins by matching one of the 39 Powerballs, while the Australian needs a minimum of three balls to win – 2 regular numbers + Powerball. The US game offers annuitized prize withdrawals along with a cash option, while the Australian Powerball winners take their winnings in a lump sum.
Lastly, Australian Powerball winners are not legible for tax within Australia. If a foreign national wins the Powerball, the tax will be applicable according to their local tax law.
How to play
Like any other lottery game, playing the Australian Powerball is simple. To enter the Powerball, you have to select 6 regular numbers between 1 – 40, and the Powerball number which runs between 1 – 20. To keep things a bit interesting, the regular numbers and Powerball are drawn from separate ball drums.
The draw takes place every Thursday at 12:30 CEST, and the entries close an hour before the draw on Thursdays at 11:30 CEST
Despite the low odds of winning the jackpot, this lottery has turned a lot of people into instant millionaires. This only goes to show that anyone, anywhere has a shot at winning this incredible lottery. However, even if you’re not the top winner, the game offers some incredible prizes that can be won by only guessing 2 normal balls plus the Powerball.
Below are the odds of winning by playing a single game. These of course increase with the number of games you play
|TIERS||MATCH||ODDS OF WINNING|
|Tier 1||6 + Powerball (Jackpot)||1:76,767,600|
|Tier 3||5+ Powerball||1:376,312|
|Tier 5||4 + Powerball||1:9,123|
|Tier 6||3 + Powerball||1:641|
|Tier 8||2 + Powerball||1:110|
Your overall winning odds stand at a highly achievable 1 in85.
For a long time, the lottery was only available to players from Australia. However, people everywhere can now get their hands on Powerball lottery tickets simply by purchasing them online through. Various secure and verified vendors offer this service, and all you have to do is decide which numbers to pick.
If you do become a winner, make sure you claim your wins. Within 6 months, the prize will expire and will no longer be available.
Top 3 Oz Powerball biggest jackpots won
The biggest jackpot ever won stood at AUD $80 Million. The Division 1 prize was won in July 2009 and was shared between two very lucky winners. One of the winners, a Western Sidney woman, didn’t even write down her phone number, only email address. So when she received an email from NSWLotteries asking her to contact them, she actually thought it was a scam. Once she checked her lucky number online, she finally realized she was 40 million richer.
The other winner, a Melbourne man in his 50’s was quite shocked at his win, with his reply being, “I have to tell my wife about this”. Hopefully, she was thrilled! Despite his win, he continued working and even playing the lottery.
August 2014 saw the second biggest jackpot win, at AUD $70 million. This enormous prize was shared between a woman and a group of work friends who played a syndicate.
Last but not least was the AUD $58 million jackpot won in June 2008. At the time of the draw, this was the largest jackpot ever won in Australian history.
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