When lottery players think about the lottery, they immediately think about Powerball. Whether it’s the world record-breaker, the US Powerball, US Powerball Plus, Oz Powerball or the South African Powerball, one thing they all have in common is the thrill of playing to win a big jackpot. With this in mind, we’ve decided to take a closer look and compare the US Powerball lottery and the Oz Powerball lotto game.
Record-breaking US Powerball lottery
The American Powerball lottery made headlines all over the world back in January 2016 when it reached an unprecedented $1.6 billion USD jackpot (approx. $2.3 billion AUD).
But what’s the difference between Australia’s Powerball and US Powerball? What do they have in common other than the name?
Since 1992 the US Powerball lottery has delighted lottery players from all over the world. The reason for this is due to the fact that it shot to global fame when it set the record for the WORLD'S BIGGEST EVER JACKPOT!
US Powerball launch
The US Powerball was originally known as “Lotto America,” when it was launched in 1988, however, in April 1992, the name was changed to the US Powerball.
It was the first lotto game to use two drums. The first drum was a regular number drum (main balls) and the second drum for the Power ball numbers.
This new drum format inspired other lotto games such as the Mega Millions EuroMillions and the UK Lottery to follow the same process.
Another huge change happened in In October 2015 when the US Powerball updated its rules. These included the number range for the main numbers to be increased from 59 to 69 and the power ball number range was reduced from 35 to 26. This naturally resulted in more roll overs and bigger jackpots.
How to win the US Powerball
The first step to playing the US Powerball is deciding if you want to play a QuickPick or play your own lucky Powerball lottery numbers.
A QuickPick is the easiest way to play and are randomly generated numbers.
Alternatively, you can choose your own numbers. These could be numbers that are meaningful to you.
To win the US Powerball you need to match 5 from 69 regular numbers and 1 Powerball from 26.
Oz Powerball launch
Australia Powerball was launched by Tattersall's in May 1996. It was designed to give lottery players the chance to win substantially bigger prizes than those available in other games played across the country. Since then the lottery has grown in popularity and has been responsible for some of the biggest Australian jackpots of all time.
How to win Oz Powerball
Online lottery fans will be interested in knowing that winning odds are much better Down Under. Oz Powerball offers a minimum Division 1 prize pool of $3M and has delivered some of Australia's biggest jackpot prizes.
There are 9 prize divisions in Oz Powerball. You can win a prize with as little as 2 winning numbers plus the Powerball number in a single game.
To play the Australian Powerball players need to select a total of 8 numbers.
- 7 from a possible 35 (the standard numbers)
- 1 from a possible 20 (the Powerball number)
To win the jackpot players need to match all 8 numbers drawn.
If no player matches all seven main numbers and the Powerball, then the Division 1 prize (jackpot) rolls over to the next draw. Like all lottery jackpot rollovers, seriously huge prizes can be won.
Unlike the American Powerball with no rollover cap, the Oz Powerball jackpot Division 1 prize can only roll over 25 times in total. If there is no Division 1 winner in the 26th consecutive rollover, then any money added to the prize total will be equally shared by players in the next winning division.
Biggest Oz Powerball jackpot
The largest Powerball Division 1 prize to date was worth AU$150 million. The record jackpot was won in September 2019 by three players - two from Queensland and one from New South Wales.
Biggest US Powerball jackpot
In January 2016 the US Powerball jackpot soared to unprecedented heights never before seen, finally reaching nearly $1.6 billion on 13 January 2016. The jackpot was split by three winners in California, Tennessee, and Florida.
Starting jackpot amounts
With minimum guaranteed jackpots of $3 million, Australian Powerball doesn’t hold its ground when compared to American Powerball game that has a minimum jackpot of $40 million USD. The US Powerball also has a significantly higher 2nd tier prize of $1 million USD.
With the Australian Powerball being a much smaller lottery, it’s only logic that its jackpots are also smaller if compared with the giant US Powerball. However, if you are considering giving up playing your favourite lotto of Thursday evening, think again: you have 4 times more chances of hitting the jackpot in Australian Powerball than in the American version!
In terms of jackpots, the American Powerball lottery wins hands down beating Australian Powerball.
But, what it boils down to is a simple question – do you prefer to play for a more modest jackpot with better chances of winning? Or do you prefer to play for the chance of becoming a multi-millionaire – or even a billionaire?
Both lotteries have amazing features that make it extremely difficult to pick a favourite. Therefore, we only really have one suggestion and that’s to play both. That way you can play a lotto game with good odds of winning, while the other one gives you a shot of winning more money than you could ever imagine. Besides, Confucius said, “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
Reach your full potential and play these incredible jackpots this week:
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