Powerball Guide for Players
This Powerball guide shows how to play Powerball, including Systems, Powerhit, and syndicates. A chart of the winning Prize Divisions (dividends) is included, so you can check for winning games.
Powerball is one of the most popular Lotto games in Australia. The Powerball mottos include “one ball could change it all” and “spend the rest of your life”. Powerball guarantees a minimum Division 1 prize pool of $3 million, but can jackpot to over $100 million! Its no wonder that Powerball can be a life-changing experience when won!
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Powerball is played on Thursday evenings and is usually drawn live on free to air television, TV Channel 7TWO at around 8.45pm AEST. Entries for the powerball draw close at 7:30pm AEST to allow time for all entries to be verified in the system before the draw commences.
How to Play Powerball
6 balls are drawn from 40 balls (1-40) from the first barrel, and 1 Powerball is drawn from 20 balls (1-20) from the second barrel.
Powerball requires the player to select 6 from 40 numbers (1-40) on each game panel they wish to enter for the weekly draw. In addition to selecting the 6 main numbers, the player is also required to select just one number, the “powerball” number (1-20) in a separate section of the game panel. The minimum number of games you must play in your Powerball entry is 4.
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 8 which is the bottom prize. Here are the prize divisions and odds (per game):
|PRIZE DIVISION||COMBINATION||ODDS||PRIZE POOL %|
|Division 1||6 Numbers + Powerball||1:76,767,600||40%|
|Division 2||6 Numbers||1:4,040,400||3.25%|
|Division 3||5 Numbers + Powerball||1:376,312||3.4%|
|Division 4||5 Numbers||1:19,806||1.9%|
|Division 5||4 Numbers + Powerball||1:9,123||1.45%|
|Division 6||3 Numbers + Powerball||1:641||12.65%|
|Division 7||4 Numbers||1:480||11.35%|
|Division 8||2 Numbers + Powerball||1:110||26%|
There are several ways to enter and win the Powerball draw every Thursday. The first way to play is known as a Quickpick. A quickpick is where a computer generated ticket is entered into the draw for you. You do not have to select any of the number combinations or the powerball number in any game you enter. This is probably the quickest and easiest way to play Powerball.
Another way to play Powerball is by choosing your own number combinations – select your 6 primary game numbers and your powerball number for each game you are entering.
Powerball System Entries
Powerball also allows System Entries. The major difference in Powerball system entries is that you are only able to select extra numbers in the primary number field. So for example to play a system 10 in the powerball, you select 10 numbers in the primary number field and only 1 number as normal for your 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. Powerhit standard is sometimes called Powerhit 20, while the so called Powerhit 40, is simply two games of Powerhit, giving the equivalent of 40 games. Like a Systems entry, Powerhit gives you more chances to win multiple prize divisions. Quickpick is available, as are PowerHit System entries – Powerhit System 7 to Powerhit System 15. Further details on how to play Powerball Powerhit, can be found here.
Powerball Multi-Week Entries
It is also possible to enter your Powerball games in advance with Advance or Multiweek entries. These allow you to either select a game or games in the future and schedule your numbers in advance to play for these games. Or, you are able to enter the same numbers in successive weekly games.
You are able to play a Syndicate entry with the Powerball game. Syndicates are groups of players who agree to all place money into a pool towards their game entry. For more information on syndicate entries or to get an entry organized, you can speak to your local lotto agent or online.