A Gold Coast retiree has taken out the $60 million Powerball jackpot, the second-largest division one prize ever won by a single entry in Australian lottery. This anonymous man, bought the entry in a spur-of-the-moment decision, having played Powerball on and off and previously never winning more than $600.
The winner, who lives in Burleigh Heads, is a retired person and the first Australia lotto player to win $60 million jackpot in five years and now shares his winnings with his family.
Although retired, the man said he was “young enough” to have plenty of time to enjoy his windfall. “I’m over the moon. It’s just life-changing. I’m shaking. I don’t expect to get much sleep tonight.”
The man purchased his winning 50-game QuickPick entry from Nextra Burleigh Town News, in Burleigh Heads. Nextra Burleigh Town News employee Milly Nyssen revealed she was stoked to discover they had sold another division one winning entry. The Nextra Burleigh Town News, earlier also sold another winning entry worth $1.3 million in March 2018.
Two division two winners also took home more than $350,000 each in Powerball draw 1173 after the winning numbers of 29, 35, 12, 30, 17, 23, 15 and a Powerball number of 10 were drawn.
In 2018, there have been 15 winning division one Powerball entries across the country who have shared in $364 million of prize money.
How to play Australian Powerball?
You can also choose how long you want to play for.
If you’re planning a holiday or won’t be able to make it to your local store, you can purchase an entry into an Advance draw, or play your entry across multiple draws with a Multi-Week entry.
If you play online you can subscribe to automatically play into every draw or when the Powerball jackpot reaches a certain amount.
The first step to playing Powerball is deciding if you want to play a QuickPick or a Marked Entry. A QuickPick is the easiest way to play, where the number of games you play is fixed and your numbers are randomly generated for you.
A Marked entry lets you choose how many games you would like to play, plus you can select the numbers that are meaningful to you, and even save them as a Favourite for next time. You can play up to 18 games by marking a coupon in-store, or up to 50 games when creating your own entry online.
Once you’ve decided which way to play, you can add more to your Powerball entry for more chances to win!
A PowerHit entry guarantees you the winning Powerball number. A System entry allows you to pick more numbers from the barrel of 1-35. You can pick from 8 to 20 numbers, giving you more chances to win multiple prize divisions.
A PowerHit System entry which not only guarantees the Powerball, but allows you to pick from 8 to 15 numbers from the main barrel.
A Pick entry guarantees you either 1 or 2 winning numbers. A PowerHit Pick 5 or PowerHit Pick 6 entry which guarantees the Powerball, and also one or two winning numbers from the main barrel.
The PowerBall Draw
Every Thursday night, Powerball is drawn from 2 barrels. 7 numbers are drawn from the main barrel (numbered from 1 to 35) and 1 Powerball number is drawn from the Powerball barrel (numbered from 1 to 20).
To win the jackpot (Division 1) your entry needs to match all 7 winning numbers plus the Powerball number in a single game panel.
Powerball is drawn on Thursday night and results are generally available on the day of draw by 9:00pm (AEST).
Thus Powerball closes at 7:30pm (AEST) every Thursday night, and is drawn shortly after. The results are generally available on the day of draw by 9:00pm (AEST). Dividends for each game are updated following the draw and are available on the morning following the draw.
Powerball offers a minimum Division 1 prize pool of $3 Million and has delivered some of Australia’s biggest jackpot prizes!
There are 9 prize divisions in Powerball. You can win a prize with as little as 2 winning numbers plus the Powerball number in a single game. To win the jackpot (Division 1) your entry needs to match all 7 winning numbers plus the Powerball number in a single game.
If there are no Division 1 prize winners, the prize pool jackpots to the next draw.
Australia Powerball System Entries
You can choose from a number of different systems for more chances to win. Note that the cost of playing increases as you enter more combinations, but your chances of winning also improve. Below are the different system entries you can play with Australia Powerball.
PowerHit entry: 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.
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.
Also you can play with a Powerball Syndicate where you play as a group to have more chances of winning.
With a Syndicate entry, you can pool your money with a group of players to buy bigger entries, which could increase your chance of winning. If your syndicate wins, the prizes are shared amongst all group members!