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About Oz Powerball
The Australian Powerball is very much based on the American version of the game but it does come with some major differences. In the American Powerball, you can win from matching only 1 Powerball number whereas in the Australian Powerball, you have to match at least 3 numbers (1 of which is the Powerball). In 2009, the highest ever Australian Powerball jackpot was won, for a whopping A$80 million.
Draws take place live on television at approx. 9.30pm every Thursday night.
History of Oz Powerball
After the success of Oz Lotto, the Australian Lotto Bloc organisation launched their second national game, Powerball. Based on the American version on the game, but with clear differences, Oz Powerball has become another power lottery taking Australia by storm!
There were some changes made in March 2013 when the number of balls drawn was increased to 6 main numbers plus a Powerball, giving more players a chance to win the lower prize tiers (by matching only 2 main numbers and a Powerball number).
How to play Oz Powerball
The Australian Powerball is drawn every Thursday at 9.30pm. To play Oz Powerball, you need to pick 6 numbers out of 40 for your main numbers and 1 Powerball out of 20 numbers. To win the jackpot, you will need to match all 6 main numbers plus the Powerball number.
The lowest prize tier you can win a cash prize for can be won by matching 2 main numbers and a Powerball.
To view a breakdown of the prizes, go to the Oz Powerball results page.
Largest Jackpot Records
There have been plenty of big jackpot winners for the Oz Powerball lottery over the years…take a look below at some of the lucky winners;
On 21 August 2014, two winners shared the top prize of A$70 million, each walking away with a whopping A$35 million each.
However, the largest jackpot won on Australian Powerball was the A$80 million prize, won on 30th July 2009 by 2 lucky winners – one from Victoria and the other from New South Wales, Australia.
In March 2007, the jackpot of $33 million was won by one lucky winner and at that time, was the largest Australian lottery prize won!