how to play Powerball

Powerball guarantees a minimum division one prize pool of $3 million every Thursday and can jackpot to $50 million or more, Powerball could give you the power to change it all. Check out this week's jackpot.

Playing Powerball is easy! 6 balls are drawn from 40 balls numbered 1 to 40 from the first barrel and 1 Powerball is drawn from 20 balls numbered 1 to 20 from the second barrel.

Powerball is drawn Thursday nights and is broadcast at approximately 8:45pm on Channel Seven, and affiliated regional stations (check your local TV guide).

download the "Let's Play!" Powerball Guide

grab a QuickPick

QuickPicks are perfect if you are in a rush or playing Powerball for the first time because your numbers are generated at random for you. QuickPicks are available in the following sizes:

  • 6 game QuickPick - 6 Games
  • MINI QuickPick - 10 Games
  • REGULAR QuickPick - 12 Games
  • SUPER QuickPick - 18 Games
  • MEGA QuickPick - 24 Games
  • JUMBO QuickPick - 36 Games
  • MAXI QuickPick - 50 Games

mark a coupon

If you've got numbers that are really special to you they could mean more to you when you play Powerball. To mark your numbers on a coupon, follow these simple steps:

  1. Grab a Powerball coupon at your local NSW Lotteries Outlet or select your numbers when you buy Powerball online
  2. Mark 6 numbers in the first panel + 1 number in the Powerball panel*
  3. Play 4 - 18 game panels (Up to 50 games online)

* The numbers in the second game panel are circled to indicate the Powerball panel.

System Entries

 

A System Entry gives you the option to play more numbers per game for a greater chance to win. For example, to win Division 1 in Powerball, you need all six winning numbers plus the Powerball. To increase your chances of winning, you could play a System 9 which means you get to choose nine numbers for that game rather than the usual six (plus the Powerball) which is equivalent to 84 standard games. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Grab a Powerball coupon at your local NSW Lotteries Outlet or select your numbers when you buy Powerball online
  2. Mark 7 - 20 numbers in each game panel (e.g mark 9 numbers for a System 9 Entry etc)
  3. Play 1 - 50* games on a QuickPick
  4. Play 1 - 18 games on a marked coupon
  5. Mark the "System/Pick" check box on your coupon or select this option when you buy Powerball online

* Powerball System 7 QuickPick Entries: minimum 2 game panels.

Pick entries

Play a Pick entry and you can guarantee yourself either one or two of the winning numbers required to win that game (not available for Lucky or Strike Lotto). You can play a Pick entry with your favourite numbers on a marked coupon or as a QuickPick.

For example, if you play a Pick 5 Entry for Powerball, you are guaranteed one out of the six winning numbers, and you only have to pick the remaining five winning numbers in that game panel plus the Powerball.

  1. Grab a Powerball coupon at your local NSW Lotteries Outlet or select your numbers when you buy Powerball online
  2. For a Pick 4 Entry - mark 4 numbers in each game panel plus one Powerball number (gives you 2 out of the 6 winning numbers)
  3. For a Pick 5 Entry - mark 5 numbers in each game panel plus one Powerball number (gives you 1 out of the 6 winning numbers)
  4. Play 1 - 50 games on a QuickPick
  5. Play 1 - 18 game on a marked coupon
  6. Mark the "System/Pick" check box on your coupon or select this option when you buy Powerball online

play a PowerHit entry

PowerHit40 logoWhen you play a PowerHit entry, you're guaranteed the winning Powerball number. And, like a System entry, a PowerHit gives you more chances to win multiple prize divisions.

So with a PowerHit, to win Division 1, you only need to match the first six winning numbers!

A PowerHit40 entry is equivalent to 40 standard Powerball games. Playing is easy!

Buy in-store at your local NSW Lotteries outlet.

  • Ask for a PowerHit40 QuickPick; or
  • Grab a coupon and mark at least two game panels, ensuring that you also mark the ‘PowerHit’ box in each corresponding Powerball panel.

OR

Buy online

Choose a PowerHit40 entry then:

  • Fast select your numbers; or
  • Choose your own favourite numbers across number of games you have selected.

Playing a PowerHit40 entry will not only guarantee the winning Powerball number, you’ll also give yourself 40 chances to win Division 1.

play a PowerHit System entry

Combine the benefits of a PowerHit Entry to create a PowerHit System Entry and give yourself more chances to win!

You can play a PowerHit System entry with your favourite numbers on a marked coupon or as a QuickPick entry.

  1. Grab a Powerball coupon at your local NSW Lotteries Outlet or select your numbers when you buy Powerball online
  2. Ask for a PowerHit System QuickPick or mark 7 - 15 numbers in each game panel (e.g mark 9 numbers for a PowerHit System 9 Entry etc)
  3. For a marked PowerHit System entry, you can play 1 - 18 game panels
  4. For a PowerHit System QuickPick entry, you can play 1 - 50 games 
  5. To play a PowerHit System mark both the "System/Pick" and "PowerHit" check boxes on your coupon or select these options when you buy Powerball online

Top Up

When playing a Standard, System or Pick Entry, if you have marked only a few game panels and want to play a bigger entry, all you have to do is ask for a Top Up! The remaining game panels are randomly generated for you as standard games up to 6, 10, 12, 18, 24, 36 or 50 games. Just let your Retailer know how many games you want to top up to or, if you are purchasing online, you can select the 'QuickPick row' or 'QuickPick un-filled games' options to Top Up a Standard, System or Pick Entry.

Multi-week Entries

Going on holidays? Out of town for work? If you're away and don't want to miss getting your entry in, grab a Multi-week entry! It allows you to play the same numbers in your favourite game for any number of draws up to 10 draws at a time.

play a Favourite

Players Club members can store up to 50 sets of favourite games and numbers on their Players Club card. Just present your card at your local NSW Lotteries Outlet and ask to play a Favourite. You can record any marked coupon or QuickPick entry as a favourite, or online members save Favourites when buying Powerball online.

(To view information which applies to the previous Powerball game - click here)