"The Powerball Australia - Powerball Lottery from the Australia Lottery"
Current Jackpot AUS$ 40,000,000
The Australian Powerball Lottery is one of various Australian lottery games and related products available across the country. Some of these are in-state lotteries and others such as the Australian Power Ball Lottery and Oz Lotto are country-wide games.
Australian lottery games can trace their history right back to 1895 when a company called Tatersalls began its first lottery operations in Hobart, Tasmania.
These days, Australian lotteries are made up of both state government owned and privately owned lottery companies – all of whom are licensed either by the state or territory in which they are based.
The major Australian lottery companies are Tatts Group Ltd., Intralot Australia - who are privately owned – plus the state run New South Wales Lotteries, Lotterywest and South Australian Lotteries.
The national Australian lottery games are operated jointly by the state run companies along with the independent Tattersalls who work together in partnership, jointly conducting these games across Australia.
Tattersalls – the Tatts Group – works for this partnership, taking care of the administration of the nationwide Oz Lotto game and the lottery game that we will be taking a closer look at here – the Australian Powerball Lottery…
The Australian Powerball Lottery is a game that is based on the hugely successful USA Lottery Powerball game. It is an Australian countrywide game with some very slight differences.
The Australian Powerball was launched in 1996 with the first draw taking place on May 23rd two years after the Oz Lotto.
This game was the second game to be offered nationally in Australia after the Oz Lotto and remains hugely popular to this day with two big winners per week on average.
Draws for the Australian Powerball Lottery take place once per week on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm WST / 8.30pm AEST.
The Australian Powerball Lottery uses a double matrix of 5/45 and 1/45. First the 5 main numbers will be drawn from 45 numbers in drum “A” and then the Power Ball will be drawn – also from 45 numbers – in drum “B”.
This means that when playing, you first need to select your 5 main numbers from balls numbered 1 to 45 and then the Power Ball from a separate set of balls numbered 1 to 45. Your Power Ball number can be the same as one of your 5 main numbers.
If you match all 5 of the main numbers plus the Power Ball drawn then you will be an Australian Powerball Lottery jackpot winner.
A “SlikPik” facility is available when playing Oz Lottery games similar to the “Lucky Dip” or “Easy Pick” options that are used in the UK National Lottery, EuroMillions or most USA lotteries – which means that you can get the computer terminal to select all your Power Ball numbers for you if you wish.
So, playing the Australian Power Ball Lottery couldn’t be easier…just select your own 5 main numbers plus the Powerball or let the computer generate them automatically for you with a “SlikPik”.
Each entry on the Australian Powerball Lottery game costs just AU$0.60 and in most states you are required to enter two lines.
As with most lottery games around the world, you would normally have needed to live in the country concerned to actually take part in any of its games.
Now, however, with the welcome presence of authentic and authorized online lottery ticket agents such as OzLotteries & TheLotter, you are able to play most lotteries from the comfort of your own home no matter where in the world you live.
This applies to the Powerball Lottery and any of the Australian lottery games available and you can pick your Australian Power Ball numbers online and purchase your tickets whether you live in Australia or anywhere else around the world.
This is excellent news, of course, if you live outside of Australia and want to play the Australian Powerball Lottery and guarantee your entry into the next draw or simply wish to enjoy the convenience of being able to buy lottery tickets online.
Once you have entered into the game, you are then easily able to check the Australian Powerball results online to see how you have done and to find out if you have become one of the lucky lottery winners.
The age limit at which you can purchase tickets for any of the Oz Lotteries varies from state to state but will either be 16 years or 18 years of age.
The Australian Powerball Lottery was the second nationwide lottery game to be launched in Australia, coming in May 1996, two years after the highly popular Oz Lotto commenced.
One big difference between the Australian version of the Powerball game to the USA version is that the game in the USA game was devised to allow you to win a prize by matching just one number – the Powerball number.
You can check the Australian Powerball results on television as they are televised live on Thursday evenings at 18.28 or use our World Lottery Results service here.
The Australian Powerball Lottery offers slightly better chances of winning a prize than the Australian Saturday Lotto due to its seven division prize structure.
With the Powerball Australia there are a number of ways of striking lucky – 8 ways to win in total providing you with a many great chances of winning a Powerball lottery prize.
The chances of you winning an Australian Powerball jackpot are 1 in 76.76 million for matching all 6 of the main winning lottery numbers correctly plus the Power Ball – for these odds you could be one of the Powerball lottery top prize winners.
For one of the prizes on the 2nd division and correctly matching the 6 main numbers – the odds are 1 in 4.04 million whilst 3rd tier odds are 1 in 376,312 for matching 5 of the main numbers plus the Power Ball.
The likelihood of winning a 4th level prize by correctly matching 5 of the main numbers comes in at 1 in 19,806 and for a prize on the 5th tier for selecting 4 of the main numbers plus the Power Ball the odds come down to 1 in 9,123.
For a prize on the 6th level by matching 4 of the main winning numbers – you are looking at odds of 1 in 480 and 7th level winning odds are 1 in 641 for picking 3 of the main numbers plus the Power Ball.
The final winning prize level is the 8th division which has odds of 1 in 110 for matching 2 of the main winning numbers drawn plus the Power Ball.
The overall odds of winning any prize on the Australian Powerball Lottery are a very competitive 1 in 120.
The Australian Powerball Lottery holds the record for the highest jackpot sum won by a single ticket holder out of all Australian Lottery games available when a huge AU$ 58.7 Million was won on June 5th 2008.
30th July 2009 saw another Australian Powerball record created when the jackpot reached an amazing AUS$ 80 Million and was won by two lucky ticket holders.
A massive AUS$ 70 Million was won on 21st August 2014 making it one of the biggest Powerball Australia wins of all time.
All Australian lottery prizes including the Australian Powerball jackpot are paid as tax free cash lump sums.
You will need to make your claim within 12 months of the draw taking place before your ticket would become invalid.
If you have won an Australian Powerball jackpot, you can collect your winnings after a 14 day validation period that ends following the draw. You will need to present your winning ticket at the Australian lotto HQ of the state where you purchased the ticket.
If you have won any other prize, you can normally claim this at the retailers the day after the draw has taken place. Retailers in different states have various cash payout limits but generally any win up to A$500 should be paid thre and then with higher amounts depending upon cash availability.
Of course, if you have purchased your lottery tickets from an online lottery ticket sales agent like OzLotteries or TheLotter, you will not need to be concerned with the above, as your agent will take care of all these details for you and ensure that you get your payment asap when you play lottery online with them.
Proceeds and revenue from Australian lottery games, including the Australian Powerball benefits many good causes right across the country.
Each individual state will decide exactly where the money goes according to its own criteria with common organizations to benefit being community groups, charities, public hospitals, sporting organizations and arts groups.
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