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How to Play Australia Powerball

To play Australia Powerball, you must select seven main numbers between 1 and 35 and an additional Powerball number between 1 and 20. To win the jackpot, you must match all seven main numbers and the Powerball. However, there are many additional ways to win, with prizes awarded for matching at least two numbers and the Powerball. Take a look at the Prizes page to find out how many numbers you need to match in each division.

Draws are held every Thursday at 20:30 AEST (21.30 AEDT), and the game can be played online or via authorised retail outlets in Australia. The winning numbers are published on the Results page straight after each draw.

How to Choose Your Numbers

If you buy a Powerball ticket in Australia, you have the option to register for a playing card. Any entry you buy will then be linked to your card, so you can be contacted straight away by lottery officials if you win. You will need to have a player account to take part online, but you can buy tickets in-store without a card. Australia Powerball tickets are sold by authorised retailers throughout the country. Whether you are playing in-store or online in Australia, follow these steps to take part:

  1. 1. Select seven main numbers from 1 to 35 and a Powerball number from 1 to 20.
  2. 2. You can opt for a Quick Pick to have your numbers chosen for you at random, or play a Marked entry to select your own numbers.
  3. 3. Decide whether you want to play an Australia Powerball system.
  4. 4. Choose how many draws to enter in advance, up to a maximum of 10.
  5. 5. Wait for the draw and find out if you are a winner.

When a draw takes place, it is conducted in two stages. Seven numbers are selected at random from a pool of 35 numbers, while the Powerball is selected from a separate pool between 1 and 20. The same number can therefore appear as both the Powerball and a main ball.

Australia Powerball Systems

You can choose from a number of different systems for more chances to win. With a system, you pick a range of numbers – more than you would usually choose for one Powerball entry – and you play every valid combination within that range as a separate line. The cost of playing increases as you enter more combinations, but your chances of winning also improve. Below are the different systems you can play with Australia Powerball.

PowerHit entry – This type of system guarantees that you will match the winning Powerball number. You pick seven main numbers from 1 to 35, as you would with a standard entry, and they are paired with every Powerball from 1 to 20. You are therefore playing 20 lines in total.

System entry – Choose between eight and 20 main numbers, plus one Powerball. Each combination of seven main numbers is played alongside the chosen Powerball, giving you multiple chances to win.

Powerhit System entry – Combines a system and a Powerhit entry. You choose between eight and 15 numbers and then every valid combination within that range is paired with the 20 different Powerball numbers. For example, an eight-number system would generate eight lines, which would then each be paired with every Powerball number, creating 160 individual entries. The costs can quickly add up so remember that you pay for every line that a system generates.

Pick 6 – Guarantees that you match one main number. You select six numbers and these are paired with every one of the remaining 29 numbers, creating 29 separate lines. For example, if you pick 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, number 7 will then be added to complete one line, then number 8 to complete another line, and so on for all of the remaining numbers.

Pick 5 – You select five numbers and then all two-number combinations from the remaining pool are added to complete multiple lines. For example, if you pick 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, the numbers 6 and 7 would be added to complete one line, then 6 and 8 to create another, and so on until all combinations of the remaining numbers have been added. By playing a Pick 5 entry, you generate 435 lines and guarantee that you will hit at least two numbers.

Powerhit Pick 5 or Pick 6 –This combines a Pick entry with a Powerhit entry. You select five or six numbers, depending on whether you want to play a Pick 5 or Pick 6, and every line created is then paired with every one of the 20 Powerball numbers. For a Pick 6, this produces a total of 580 lines, while a Pick 5 Powerhit would generate 8700 lines.

Choosing Numbers From Outside Australia

You can still play Australia Powerball from outside the country by choosing numbers online. You just need to select your seven main numbers from 1 to 35 and a Powerball number between 1 and 20, and complete as many entries as you like. You can choose to play just the next draw or even take out a monthly or yearly subscription to get better value and make sure you never miss a draw. Hit ‘Add to Cart’ when you are ready and then confirm your purchase. Visit the Buy Tickets page for more information.

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