Australia Powerball launched in May 1996 and has developed into one of the most popular lottery games in the country. The game, which takes place every Thursday, offers a minimum jackpot of AUD$3 million in every draw as well as prizes for matching as few as two main numbers plus the Powerball number. The game is run by Tattersalls and the state owned lotteries, South Australian Lotteries and Lotterywest.
Once verified, the prize breakdowns for each draw and details of the locations where any jackpot winning tickets were purchased are published on the results page.
The last jackpot was: AUD$6,000,000
History of the Australian Powerball
The first Australian Powerball draw was held on 23rd May 1996 and throughout the games’ history, the format of the game has only changed once. On 1st March 2013, new regulations were introduced which meant players had to match more numbers from a smaller ball pool to secure the top prize. Previously, players had to match five numbers from 1 to 45 and one Powerball number from 1 to 45 to win the jackpot. However, the new format means that players must now match six numbers from 1 to 40 and one Powerball number from 1 to 20 to win the jackpot. The result of the new format means that the overall odds of winning a prize have increased from 1 in 120 to 1 in 78.
The format has resulted in bigger jackpots as once the top prize reaches AUD$10 million, a minimum of AUD$10 million is added to the jackpot prize pool with each rollover.
The largest jackpot to date reached AUD$80 million after eight consecutive rollovers. The record-breaking prize was finally won on 30th July 2009 and shared between one ticket holder from Victoria and another from New South Wales.