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Australia Powerball Lotto FAQs

Playing Australia Powerball Lotto is relatively easy, here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. To learn more visit the Australia Powerball Lotto and Australia Powerball Lotto results pages.

  • When does the Australia Powerball draw take place?
  • What time do Australia Powerball ticket sales close?
  • How do I win playing Australia Powerball?
  • Can I play Australia Powerball if I do not live in Australia?
  • If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?
  • How old do I have to be to play Australia Powerball?
  • Are winnings on the Australia Powerball taxable?
  • What are the odds of winning a prize on Australia Powerball?
  • Does the Australia Powerball have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?
  • Does the Australia Powerball have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?
  • What is the biggest jackpot ever won on the Australia Powerball?
  • When is the next Australia Powerball draw?
  • What does the Australia Powerball jackpot currently stand at?
  • How much does it cost to buy an Australia Powerball ticket?

Question: When does the Australia Powerball draw take place?

Answer: Australia Powerball draws take place at 9:30pm (AEDT) on a Thursday night.

Question: What time do Australia Powerball ticket sales close?

Answer: Ticket sales stop at 8:30pm (AEDT) on the night of a draw and reopen shortly afterwards for the next draw.

Question: How do I win playing Australia Powerball?

Answer: Prizes are awarded on Australia Powerball for matching a minimum of two main balls and the Powerball. In order to win the Division 1 prize, you must match all seven main numbers and the Powerball.

Question: Can I play Australia Powerball if I do not live in Australia?

Answer: Players from outside of Australia can join in the excitement by using a safe and secure online concierge service. They will purchase a ticket on your behalf, scan it and send it to you and ensure that your winnings are paid into your online account.

Question: If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?

Answer: In the Northern Territory, Victoria and Tasmania you will have six months from the date of the draw to claim your Australia Powerball prize. If you bought a ticket in Western Australia or Southern Australia you will have 12 months from the date of the draw. In New South Wales, all Australia Powerball prizes must be claimed within six years of the draw date. Check with your local state lottery if you are unsure about the deadlines for claiming a prize.

Question: How old do I have to be to play Australia Powerball?

Answer: You must be 18 or over if you want to take part in Australia Powerball.

Question: Are winnings on the Australia Powerball taxable?

Answer: Winnings from Australia Powerball are tax free within the country, but if you are playing from overseas then it is best to take advice on tax liabilities in your country.

Question: What are the odds of winning a prize on Australia Powerball?

Answer: You have a 1 in 44 chance of winning a prize on Australia Powerball. The odds of winning the Division 1 prize are 1 in 134,490,400. To see a full list of the potential prizes and odds of winning in each Division, visit the Australia Powerball Prizes page.

Question: Does the Australia Powerball have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?

Answer: Australia Powerball jackpots begin at AU$3 million and can rise quickly through rollovers.

Question: Does the Australia Powerball have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

Answer: The Australia Powerball jackpot can roll for a maximum of 25 draws, which can lead to impressive nine-figure amounts.

Question: What is the biggest jackpot ever won on the Australia Powerball?

Answer: The biggest jackpot ever seen on Australia Powerball was AUD $150 million, which was won on 19th September 2019 by three lucky ticket holders. Two of the winners were from Queensland and one was from New South Wales.

Question: When is the next Australia Powerball draw?

Answer: Your next chance to play for an Australia Powerball jackpot is Thursday 3rd December 2020.

Question: What does the Australia Powerball jackpot currently stand at?

Answer: The next Australia Powerball jackpot is AU$3,000,000

Question: How much does it cost to buy an Australia Powerball ticket?

Answer: A single ticket costs AU$1.70.

Find answers to the most common questions regarding Australia Powerball, such as the draw time, the odds of winning and the next jackpot.

How Late Can You Buy Powerball Tickets?

Guys, I like you too much to lie to you, so I have to give it to you straight: The odds that you’ll win the Powerball jackpot tonight are not that great. To be more specific, your chances of winning the $1.5 billion jackpot are one in 292,201,338. For a little context here, your odds of becoming president in your lifetime are one in 10 million. Am I trying to say that becoming the leader of the free world and/or becoming ludicrously wealthy via games of chance are not worthwhile pursuits? No way — I’m just saying that we should all be informed of the odds before we embark on any endeavor, be it purchasing lottery tickets or mounting a sudden and very surprising presidential campaign.

UPDATE: This post was originally published in January 2016. As of Aug. 23, 2017, the new Powerball jackpot has hit $700 million (and if there are no winners, it’ll go to $1 billion). Just like always, the Powerball will be drawn at 10:59 p.m. EST. While ticket cutoffs vary state by state, assume that you need to have your ticket in hand at least one to two hours before the drawing. For those on the East Coast, that means by around 9 or 10 p.m. For those on Central Time, that means by around 8 or 9 p.m. For those in Mountain Time, by 7 or 8 p.m. And for people on the West Coast, by 6 or 7 p.m. at the latest.

EARLIER: But the steep odds are no reason to not buy a ticket or 40, if you feel so moved. I mean, someone has to win, right? But if you’re anything like me, you’re probably going to spend the next few hours going back and forth on the issue, trying to figure out if you’d rather gamble a little or invest your money in a sure thing, like a burrito — only to run out of your house in your pajamas at the last possible second to buy a ticket tonight. With that in mind, how late can you buy Powerball tickets?

The answer’s a little more complicated than it would initially appear. The Powerball drawing will occur at 10:59 p.m. EST tonight, and according to Powerball.com, “Draw sales cut off at least 59 minutes before the draw, but a state may cut off sales earlier.”

And a brief survey of state Powerball sites shows that the cutoff times do indeed vary slightly around the country. For instance, Pennsylvania’s cutoff time for buying Powerball tickets is 9:59 p.m. EST the day of the drawing, while in Arkansas, tickets can be sold until one hour before the drawing — which, since Arkansas is in the Central Time Zone, would be 8:59 p.m. Oregon Live reports that denizens of the Beaver State need to have their tickets in hand by 7 p.m. PST, and folks from Illinois need to have their tickets purchased by 9 p.m. CST. In my state of residence, New York, you can buy tickets until 10 p.m. EST (which means I need to get it together and decide how much of my burrito money I’m willing to dip into for this very soon).

Knowing the time at which your state cuts off ticket sales can help you avoid long lines filled with other folks who left it to the last second, but it can also help ensure that if you win, you’ll actually get the money. There have in fact been past lottery winners who were disqualified after it was discovered that they purchased their winning ticket after the sales deadline. In 2013, a California woman found that she had bought a Powerball ticket with all the winning numbers, but further investigation showed that she had done so after sales for that drawing had closed. In 2008, a Canadian man named Joel Ifergan purchased a lottery ticket with winning numbers, but was disqualified from claiming any of the jackpot after it was learned he had purchased his ticket seven seconds after the sales cut off. So while regulations obviously vary in different states and countries, it is clear that lotto officials take timing seriously. If you’re gonna play, it pays to know the rules.

So go forth and play if you wish! And remember: No matter what happens tonight, you’re still a winner to me! But also, if you do win, I have to talk to you about possibly donating some cash for my extremely pressing burrito research.

Guys, I like you too much to lie to you, so I have to give it to you straight: The odds that you’ll win the Powerball jackpot tonight are not that great. To be more specific, your chances of winning the $1.5 billion jackpot are one in 292,201,338.…