How to Play Powerball

What is Powerball?

Powerball is Australia’s biggest official jackpotting lottery. With the biggest prize pool and thousands of winners each week*– Powerball could be your ticket to a life with no boundaries, no limitations and the absolute freedom to do it all!

Powerball is a game of chance drawn from 2 barrels. 6 numbers are drawn from the main barrel (numbered from 1 to 40) and 1 Powerball number is drawn from the Powerball barrel (numbered from 1 to 20).

How do I win Powerball?

Powerball offers a minimum Division 1 prize pool of $3 Million and has jackpotted to $80 Million in the past!

There are 8 prize divisions in Powerball. You can win a prize with as little as 2 winning numbers plus the Powerball number in a game. To win the jackpot (Division 1) your entry needs to match all 6 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. 

See our How to Win section for more information on how you can increase your chances of winning.

When does the Powerball Draw close?

Powerball closes at 7:30pm AEST every Thursday night, and is drawn shortly after. The winning numbers and prize dividends are usually available online no later than 8:45pm AEST. 

Where can I play Powerball?

You can purchase your Powerball entry in-store, online or via the Lott App.

How do I play Powerball?

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 choose 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 main barrel of 40. You can pick from 7 to 20 numbers, giving you more chances to win multiple prize divisions.
  • A Pick entry guarantees you either one or 2 winning numbers from the main barrel of 40.


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 advanced draw, or play your entry across multiple draws.
  • If you play online you can subscribe to your entry to automatically play into every draw or when the Powerball jackpot reaches a certain amount.

 

To find out more about the different Powerball entry types available and ways to make playing Powerball easier, visit our Help Centre.

What is a Powerball Syndicate?

A Powerball Syndicate is 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!

Syndicates can be set up in-store with the help of a friendly staff member or using the Lott Syndicate Planner. Find out more about Syndicates here

How do I check my Powerball ticket?

Powerball winning numbers are usually available no later than 8:45pm AEST via the Lott website. You can also opt in to receive Powerball results via email or SMS.

Check your Powerball ticket online, in-store, or scan your ticket using the Lott App.

Game Rules

View the official Game Rules for Powerball in the NT Lotteries Rule.

*Based on the average weekly Division 1-8 winners