The Australian Powerball lotto is licensed and operated by the Tatts Group. Their subsidiaries operate in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, as well as South and Western Australia.
The game was modified in 2013, and now players must draw six main numbers from a pool of 1 to 40, in addition to a single Powerball number drawn from a pool of 1 to 20.
There are a few subtle differences between the Australian Powerball and the USA Powerball, including:
• In the US version, a player is an instant prize winner if they correctly match the Powerball number (out of 39 numbers), while in Australia's Powerball, players must match two main numbers in addition to the Powerball number for a ticket to be an instant prize winner.
• US Powerball winners can choose between an annual payment or a single lump sum, while Australia winners always collect in a lump sum.
• Australian Powerball winners are not taxed.
The odds of taking home the main jackpot are around 1 in 6.3 million, while the odds of winning the 2nd prize division by matching all 6 numbers is 1 in 336,700. The odds of taking home any cash prize stands at 10 to 1.
Here are a few of the various records set within the Australian Powerball lottery, in addition to recent jackpot winners.
• The largest Australian Powerball jackpot was set in 2009 when multiple players split a $80 million prize.
• In 2014 two lotto players split a Powerball jackpot worth $70 million, each taking home $35 million.
• A jackpot worth $ 50 million was won May 11th, 2017. The winning number combination was 10-19-21-23-26-36-10.
• On May 4th, 2017 a jackpot worth $30 million was taken home with the winning numbers being 4-5-10-15-17-25-2.