Q: How old must I be to play Powerball?
A: You need to be 18 years old to purchase any lottery ticket.
Q: Do I have to be a citizen or resident of Australia to play Powerball?
A: No. You can play Powerball even if you are not a citizen and resident of Australia. Yes, you can play even if you’re a tourist. However, it’s your responsibility to make sure that playing is legal where you live.
Q: How do you play Powerball?
A: In a nutshell, Powerball is about choosing SIX different numbers from 1 to 40, and a SEVENTH number, your Powerball, also from 1 to 20. If you choose the correct numbers, you win the game.
Q: How much are Powerball tickets?
A: The prices of Powerball tickets vary, depending on the state lottery. Here are the price lists of the major state lotteries:
Q: When can I play Powerball?
A: You can play Powerball every Thursday. Powerball's draw times differ, depending on the state. For instance:
- In New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, the draw happens weekly at 8:30pm (AEDT).
- For Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland, the draw is at 7:30pm (6:30pm during DST), but the results are generally available by 9:00pm (AEST).
To be sure, check your lottery ticket to see when your game is drawn. Draw close times is pretty much the same for most states: Thursday at 7:30pm. For South Australia, the draw closes at 7pm. Oz Lotteries, a reseller in NSW, closes at 6:30pm (AEDT).
Q: What's a "quick pick" or "auto pick"?
A: It's an option to have the lottery machine generate random numbers for you.
Q: What's a rollover?
A: A rollover means the prize money is rolled over (or carried over) to the next draw because no one won the jackpot. The prize money from the previous draw is retained and more is added in each succeeding draw. This is the reason jackpot prizes increase. The jackpot can be rolled over as many times as needed until someone wins the lottery.
Q: Do I have to pay a tax for my winnings?
A: No, your prize is tax free in Australia. However, if you're not a resident or citizen, it's your responsibility to follow your country's tax laws.
Q: Can I use a credit card to buy Powerball tickets?
A: It depends on where you purchase your tickets. In addition to cash, credit cards, cheques and debit cards are typically allowed in traditional retailers. Online accounts also regularly allow credit card use, but this would still depend on the website.
Q: Can I remain anonymous if I win the jackpot prize?
A: Remaining anonymous would depend on your local laws and the steps you take after winning. For instance, you can hire a lawyer to review your local laws and create a trust so that a trustee can claim the prize on your behalf. However, if you talk openly about winning the jackpot, no amount of laws or trusts will keep you anonymous.