This Powerball guide shows how to play Powerball, including information on Systems, Powerhit, and Syndicates. A chart of the winning Prize Divisions is included, so you can check for winning game combinations, and the odds of winning. Powerball is one of the most popular Lotto games in Australia, offering a guaranteed minimum Division 1 prize pool of $3 million, which can jackpot to over $100 million!
How to Play Powerball
Powerball requires the player to select 7 from 35 main numbers (1-35), and select one “Powerball” number (1-20), for each game played. The minimum number of games you can play in your Powerball entry is 4.
The easiest way to play Powerball, is to get a Quickpick. A Quickpick is generated by the computer, which randomly selects your numbers for each game.
The player can select their own numbers for each game. This is known as a Marked Entry. Just select 7 main numbers (1-35) and 1 Powerball (1-20), for each game you would like to play.
Powerball game prizes are split into divisional prize pools just as with the other lotto games. These run from Division 1 which is the top prize through to Division 9 which is the bottom prize. Here are the prize divisions and odds (per game):
|PRIZE DIVISION||COMBINATION||ODDS||PRIZE POOL %|
|Division 1||7 Numbers + Powerball||1:134,490,400||35%|
|Division 2||7 Numbers||1:7,078,443||1.8%|
|Division 3||6 Numbers + Powerball||1:686,176||1.1%|
|Division 4||6 Numbers||1:36,115||2%|
|Division 5||5 Numbers + Powerball||1:16,943||1.5%|
|Division 6||4 Numbers + Powerball||1:1,173||9.7%|
|Division 7||5 Numbers||1:892||7.6%|
|Division 8||3 Numbers + Powerball||1:188||15%|
|Division 9||2 Numbers + Powerball||1:66||26.3%|
For Powerball System Entries see: Powerball Systems Prize Table
More Ways to Play Powerball
PowerHit increases your chances of winning a Powerball game by automatically playing every possible Powerball number – you are guaranteed the winning Powerball number! There are 20 Powerballs, so each standard Powerhit game is the equivalent of 20 games. Like a Systems entry, Powerhit gives you more chances to win multiple prize divisions. Quickpick is available, as are PowerHit System entries.
Powerball PowerHit Prize Table.
System entries allow the player to select more than 7 numbers in each game. System entries can be played with 8 to 20 numbers selected in one game! The chance of hitting the Jackpot is boosted, and multiple system prizes may be won.
Powerball Systems Prize Table.
A Pick entry guarantees the player, either 1 or 2 winning numbers. This may improve the chance of winning a prize.
Powerball Pick Entry Prize Table.
A Syndicate is a group of players that play Powerball together. Their funds are pooled to pay for entries, and winnings go into the prize pool, shared by all. This is a great way to increase your chance at winning the Jackpot, but you do have to share.
Powerball also offers Advance and Multi-week Entries, which allow the player to enter Powerball draws up to 10 weeks in advance, with their regular numbers or via a quickpick.
Powerball on TV
Powerball is played in Australia on Thursday night. Entries for the draw close at 7:30pm AEST. The Powerball draw can be viewed on TV Channel 7TWO at around 8.45pm AEST on Thursday. See also Video replays.