Oz Lotto Free Air and Powerball Draw Live Australia TV Guide


Oz Lotto and Powerball give the luckiest of Australians the chance to win Big money each and every week. The huge prize pools can be worth many, many millions, and are the main reason why these are two of the most popular lottery games in the country.

Using this guide, you can find out how to play the biggest lotteries in Australia, as well as how to watch the draws live and free on TV so you never miss a key moment and may even be one of the fortunate to experience the moment your numbers pop-up in the winning bracket.

History of the Australian Lottery

After years of success in the United States, the lottery took Australia by storm in the 1990’s. While Tattslotto had been running for a number of decades, Oz Lotto and Powerball rapidly boosted the popularity of the lottery in the country when they were introduced in the 1990’s. The two games each drew significant public interest from the outset, and have been gradually growing in popularity ever since. These two games are each played once a week, but with the various other lottery games in the country, there are now draws of some kind almost every night of the week.

Oz Lotto and Powerball Jackpot Sizes

Unsurprisingly, given their popularity, the jackpots of both Oz Lotto and Powerball are fairly significant. Oz Lotto, in particular, has made a name for itself through its jackpot sizes, regularly holding draws paying out well in excess of $10 million. Underlining the popularity of the game was a Powerball draw in 2013 which guaranteed a $100 million prize pool, and for which over one in three Australian adults purchased a ticket.

Then on September 19, 2019, the Powerball jackpot skyrocketed to a whopping $150 million. The largest pay-out in Australian Powerball history, which has already seen record-breaking amounts in the past that included $100 million back in August 2018, then $107 million in January, and $110 million in July. It was estimated that nearly half of Australian adults gave this historic draw a try.

However, as much as the Powerball jackpot prize has increased in the recent past, it may not be a coincidence given the change in format last April. Those who want to be in the top running for the Powerball jackpot must now choose seven numbers from 35 in the main barrel, instead of the previous six numbers from 40. Despite that, it still seems that Aussies are scrambling to get their hands on tickets in the hopes of landing the grand jackpot prize.

How to Watch the Powerball Draw Live

Playing a single game of Powerball costs just $4.85, and requires you to select seven main numbers between 1 and 35, and one Powerball number between 1 and 20. The draw itself sees balls drawn from two separate barrels, the first of which contains the main numbers and the other of which contains the Powerball. Seven balls are initially chosen from the first barrel, containing numbers 1 to 35, before the Powerball is selected from the second, which contains balls numbered 1 to 20. Selecting the Powerball is necessary to win the top draw, though you can win Divisions two, four and seven without it, provided you pick at least five of the main numbers.

The draw takes place on Thursday evenings at 8:30pm AEST/9:30pm AEDT. The simplest way to find out if you’re a winner is to tune in live to the Powerball draw free to air broadcaster 7TWO, though plenty of other options exist. You can check in-store at the self-service checker or by asking the retailer to check results, or you can have results emailed to you if you have an account with the Lott. If you’re a Tatts Card promotion member you’ll receive a notification if you win, or you can download the Lott App — available for iOS and Android — and scan your ticket.

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How to Watch the Oz Lotto Draw Live

Playing Oz Lotto requires you to simply select seven numbers between 1 and 45, with one single game costing $1.30. On Tuesdays, when it is drawn, nine balls are selected between 1 and 45. The first seven of these numbers are winning numbers, while the last two are supplementary numbers, used to separate divisions between players with the same amount of winning numbers. To win the bottom draw, players need to select three main winning numbers and one or two supplementaries, while Division one requires all seven main winning numbers to be selected.

You can tune into the live Oz Lotto draw airing on television each and every Tuesday evening. Like Powerball, the draw is held at 8:30pm AEST/9:30pm AEDT and is broadcast live on channel 7TWO, but again, if you miss the live draw there are still plenty of other ways to view the results. Creating an online account with Lott allows you to have results sent to your inbox, or you can check the results in-store at your local Lott. Otherwise, the Lott App can be downloaded and your ticket scanned to see if you’re a winner.

Australia Lottery Broadcast Guide

Use this city and state chart to determine what time Powerball or the Oz Lotto drawings will be broadcast in your location. For example, lotto draws televised live at 8:30pm in Sydney will be broadcast at 8:00pm in Adelaide and at 6:30pm in Perth based on Eastern Standard Time.

What time is the Oz Powerball Live TV Draw in Melbourne, Vic?

Date Event Time Channel
Every Thursday LIVE: Powerball Draw 8.30pm AEST /
9.30pm AEDT
Ch 7 / 7Two

What time is the Oz Powerball Live TV Draw in Sydney, NSW?

Date Event Time Channel
Every Thursday LIVE: Powerball Draw 8.30pm AEST / 9.30pm AEDT Ch 7 / 7Two

What time is the Oz Powerball Live TV Draw in Brisbane, QLD?

Date Event Time Channel
Every Thursday LIVE: Powerball Draw 8.30pm AEST / 9.30pm AEDT Ch 7 / 7Two

What time is the Oz Powerball Live TV Draw in Canberra, ACT?

Date Event Time Channel
Every Thursday LIVE: Powerball Draw 8.00pm AEST / 9.00pm AEDT Ch 7 / 7Two

What time is the Oz Powerball Live TV Draw in Adelaide, SA?

Date Event Time Channel
Every Thursday LIVE: Powerball Draw 8.00pm AEST / 9.00pm AEDT Ch 7 / 7Two

What time is the Oz Powerball Live TV Draw in Darwin, NT?

Date Event Time Channel
Every Thursday LIVE: Powerball Draw 8.00pm AEST / 9.00pm AEDT Ch 7 / 7Two

What time is the Oz Powerball Live TV Draw in Perth, WA?

Date Event Time Channel
Every Thursday LIVE: Powerball Draw 6.30pm AEST / 7.30pm AEDT Ch 7 / 7Two

National Help Hotline

Please play responsibly and learn all the risks, and should you find this game of chance is creating financial problems for you or your family, be sure to contact the national Gaming Help Hotline at: 1800 858 858

Counselling, information and help is available 24/7, with live chat options as well as via email if you prefer. The Help Hotline is funded as part of an agreement between all State and Territory Governments and the Australian Government.

Frequently Asked Questions about Oz Lotto

  • Who Runs Oz Lotto?

As Australia’s first truly national lottery, Oz Lotto is owned and operated by the Tatts group, the same people behind long-running lotteries such as Powerball, Tattslotto and several other well-known state-based lotteries.

  • How Long Have Oz Lotto and Powerball Been Around?

With its first draw taking place in February 1994, Oz Lotto now has a 26-year history as one of Australia’s major lotteries, offering frequent large jackpot prizes. Powerball followed a couple of years later, and recently broke the Australian record for the largest ever jackpot prize on offer – $150 million.

  • When is the Weekly Oz Lotto Draw Held?

The nationally televised weekly Oz Lotto draw happens every Tuesday night at 8.30pm AEST (or 9.30pm AEDT during daylight saving months).

  • When is the Weekly Powerball Draw Held?

Each week’s Powerball draw takes place on a Thursday night, at 8.30pm AEST (or 9.30pm AEDT during daylight saving months).

  • Are the Lottery Draws on TV?

Yes, both Oz Lotto and Powerball are drawn live on 7TWO every Tuesday and Thursday respectively at 8.30pm.

  • How Late Can I Buy a Ticket for the Week’s Oz Lotto or Powerball Draws?

No matter which outlet you buy your weekly ticket for each lottery from, all ticket sales stop an hour before the draw takes place – so you’ll need to purchase before 7.30pm AEST each Tuesday for Oz Lotto, and each Thursday for Powerball.

  • How Many Numbers Do I Need to Match to Win?

To win the top prize in each lottery the conditions are different. In Oz Lotto you must match all seven main numbers drawn. In Powerball, on the other hand, you need to match all seven main numbers and the Powerball number.

  • Which Lottery Has the Biggest Jackpots?

While Powerball still holds the record for the largest ever lottery jackpot in Australia, it is also harder to win because of the need to match the Powerball as well as the seven regular balls. Oz Lotto still has regular large jackpots but as it’s easier to win, they tend to be more rare.

  • What are the Odds of Winning the Top Prize, or Any Prize?

All lotteries in Australia have to disclose the odds of winning prizes, so the chances of winning either lottery are well known. With Powerball, the odds of grabbing the jackpot are 1 in 134.5 million – one of the reasons for that lottery’s frequent huge jackpot prize amounts. In Oz Lotto, the odds are 1 in 45 million. However, the chances of winning any prize in Powerball are greater, at 1 in 44 compared to 1 in 55 for Oz Lotto.

  • Is There an Age Requirement to Buy Lottery Tickets?

Yes – Australian law requires anyone buying a lottery ticket be 18 years of age of older.

  • If I Win a Prize in Oz Lotto or Powerball, Do I Have to Pay Tax on the Winnings?

If you’re an Australian citizen, the good news is that prize winnings from lotteries are not subject to any form of tax – the full prize amount is yours to enjoy. If you’re playing from overseas, though, your winnings may be taxed by your home country.

  • How Much does it Cost to Buy a Ticket in Oz Lotto and Powerball?

A single-game Oz Lotto ticket costs $1.30, though a more popular entry is the multi-game QuickPick which starts at $11.90 for 9 entries. A standard Powerball ticket is a little more expensive, starting with a 4-game ticket for $4.85, with QuickPick entries available starting at $9.70 for 8 entries.

  • What is a QuickPick Ticket?

Hugely popular for years, QuickPick tickets give you multiple entries in a week’s draw using different randomly selected numbers in each. The odds of winning are exactly the same, and since they reduce the time needed to buy a ticket to almost zero, they’re a great time-saver.

  • Is There an App to Buy Tickets and Check Results?

Yes! Both Oz Lotto and Powerball be played via The Lott app, available for both iOS and Android. It allows instant digital purchase of tickets as well as scanning and checking paper ones, and lets you check all the results as soon as they happen.

  • What is the Minimum Jackpot Prize?

For Oz Lotto, the jackpot for winning Division 1 (the top prize) starts at $2 million and grows each week until it is won. For Powerball, the starting jackpot is $3 million and regularly grows to huge amounts.

  • Can I Subscribe to the Lotteries?

Yes, you can start a subscription so that your weekly entries to either lottery are automatic, and you’re notified immediately about any winnings. You can start a subscription most easily from The Lott app for smartphones and tablets.