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.
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 draw in 2013 which guaranteed a $100 million prize pool, and for which over one in three Australian adults purchased a ticket. Powerball has never reached these heights, but the excitement of the all-important Powerball, coupled with some more-than-reasonable prize pools, ensures it remains an in-demand game.
Watching Powerball Live
Playing a single game of Powerball costs just $1.05, and requires you to select six main numbers between 1 and 40, 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. Six balls are initially chosen from the first barrel, containing numbers 1 to 40, 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.
Watching the Oz Lotto Live
Playing Oz Lotto requires you to simply select seven numbers between 1 and 45, with one single game costing $1.45. On Tuesday’s, 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 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 5:30pm in Perth.
Sydney, NSW: 7:00pm
Melbourne, VIC: 7:00pm
Canberra, ACT: 7:00pm
Newcastle, NSW: 7:00pm
Hobart, TAS: 7:00pm
Adelaide, SA: 6:30pm
Gold Coast, QLD: 6:00pm
Brisbane, QLD: 6:00pm
Darwin, NT: 5:30pm
Perth, WA: 4:00pm
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.