Why the Australian Powerball lottery is becoming more and more popular

30th April 2019 4:17am

The Australian Powerball lottery has attracted more and more players in the last year and wagering group Tabcorp have singled out game changes specifically as a major factor.

In April 2018 Tabcorp made exciting chances to Aussie Powerball to improve the odds of winning a prize from 1 in 78 to 1 in 44 by asking players to pick seven numbers from a barrel of 35 balls as opposed to six from 40 as well as the introduction of a ninth prize division.

The new format has resulted in more Australian Powerball winners and bigger cash wins with the average jackpot up from $28.4 million in 2018 to $37.8 million this financial year.

Powerball and Oz Lotto are our two jackpot games and in the first 10 months of this financial year they have already recorded 39 large jackpots of $15 million-plus. This is around the number of jackpots we would typically expect in a full year," Tabcorp chief executive David Attenborough said at a presentation to the 2019 Macquarie Conference on Tuesday.

“Our results in the current year are also benefiting from some favourable jackpot sequences - $45 million of revenue benefit in the first half, and at least another $45 million in the second half.

Naturally Aussie Powerball players were a little skeptical of the changes a year ago but Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association CEO Ben Kearney said many of the public's doubts have now been laid to rest.

"Our members were nervous about the changes initially. They always are because they are concerned about how customers will react," Mr Kearney said.

"But the jackpots lifted very quickly and we also had somebody win it very early. That put to bed most of those concerns.

Biggest Jackpots

Italy Flag Italy SuperEnalotto $251M Play Now! Italy Flag Italy SuperStar $251M Play Now! US Flag Mega Millions $131M Play Now! Europe Flag EuroJackpot $128M Play Now! US Flag Powerball $117M Play Now! Philippines Flag Philippines Grand Lotto $108M Play Now!

More Lotto News

Win win win this Easter

Win big this Easter

Apr 2nd
SuperEnalotto jackpot keeps on rolling

SuperEnalotto keeps on rolling over

Mar 20th
SuperEnalotto is back on the rise

SuperEnalotto jackpot is on the rise

Jan 23rd
US Lottery jackpots top $1.3 billion

Mega Millions and Powerball top $1.3 billion

Jan 13th
Lotto winner almost gifts ticket

Lotto player almost gifts winning ticket

Jan 8th
Mega Millions hits $490 million

Mega Millions hits $490m jackpot

Jan 7th