How to Play Powerball
The Powerball lotto is an incredibly popular Australian lottery that rewards players with cash prizes and one seriously large jackpot. Here we outline how to play the game so you can jump in just as soon as you please.
Step 1: Solo or Multiplayer
The Powerball can be played alone or with friends, the choice is up to you. If you’re not familiar with the concept of a syndicate, it’s one that allows a group of players or organization to pool resources and buy a larger volume of tickets. These syndicates typically split winnings evenly with all participants.
Be a lone wolf or part of the pack and once you’ve chosen your way to play, you can move on to selecting numbers.
Step 2: Picking Your Numbers
The Powerball is a 7-ball lottery where six regular numbers are chosen from a field of numbers that range between 1 and 50. An additional Powerball is chosen from a field of 1-20.
Players are afforded the opportunity to choose their own numbers or defer to random number generating software to come up with their ticket’s numbers.
Once you’ve decided to pick your own numbers or have them randomly selected, you’ll be ready to move on to purchasing your tickets.
Step 3: Purchasing Tickets
Powerball can be purchased both in-person or online. Ticket prices are about AUD$ 2.00 when purchased online and cheaper if purchased in person.
There are several different ways to purchase tickets, including 6-line, 12-line, systematic, and syndicate denominations.
Tickets can be bought until the cut-off deadline prior to Thursdays 10:45 GMT draw time. Different retail locations or online ticketing services may have alternate deadlines by which you must purchase a ticket.
Step 4: The Draw
The Powerball Lottery is drawn once a week on Thursdays at 10:45 GMT. During the draw there will be a total of seven balls drawn, six regular numbers drawn from a field of 1-40 and the Powerball which is drawn from a field of 1-20.
Draws are broadcast live from South Australia each Thursday. You could win one of 8 prize divisions and a potential jackpot of at least AUD$ 2 million.
Step 5: What to do When You’ve Won
There are eight prizes you could potentially win while playing the Powerball lottery game. Your odds of winning any level of prize begin at 1:110 if you play only one game. Just match your seven numbers to those picked on Thursday’s draw for the chance to win a jackpot of at least AUD$ 2 million.
Lucky prize winners will have a few options when it comes to redeeming their prizes. This also depends largely on how your tickets were obtained. If you bought tickets from a retail location, you can claim winnings up to AUD$ 1,000 in cash or by mail, otherwise a form must be filled out and be either mailed or delivered in person with the original lottery ticket to the lottery headquarters. If purchased online, you can receive your money through electronic transfer up to the amount of AUD$ 2,500. Anything more and you will need to claim your prize in person, just as is done with a retail-purchased ticket.
There is a grace period of two weeks before winnings need to be claimed, otherwise if too much time passes, your winnings could be handed back over to the lottery. Check with the retail owner, lottery headquarters or online ticketing service for the exact details.
The Powerball Lottery
One of the most popular lotteries in Australia, the Powerball can offer players tens of millions in jackpot prizes. Revenue from all participating Powerball lotteries around the Australian territories is pooled to amass the jackpot and additional prizes.
Make sure to buy tickets online before the next draw, so you can be in the running for the next Powerball jackpot prize.