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US Powerball vs Australian Powerball

The lottery is a popular pastime worldwide, and there are many different versions of it. Today, we will be comparing the conventional Australian Powerball Lottery against its more extreme American counterpart, US Powerball.

When looking at the two lotteries, the first thing you notice is the difference in size. The US Powerball currently boasts a starting jackpot of AUD$30 million, while the traditional Australian Powerball usually approximately starts at a comparatively modest AUD$5 million. However, this does not mean that the Australian lottery is without its merits.

Both lotteries follow a similar format: you pick 5 main numbers (US Powerball) or 7 main numbers (Australian Powerball). In addition, both lotteries have a “Powerball,” which is an additional number that you can choose. If your chosen numbers match all the ones drawn, you win the jackpot!

Let’s take a brief look at the histories behind these two Powerball lotteries.


The US Powerball lottery is the biggest and one of the most well-known lotteries globally. It was created back in 1992 and had been going strong ever since. The format of the US Powerball is what many other lotteries have since copied. Players choose 5 numbers from the main pool of 69, plus one Powerball number from a different pool of 26.

Over the years, the US Powerball has had some absolutely massive jackpots. In 2016, three lucky winners shared a staggering AUD$2.2 billion jackpot – the largest jackpot in global lottery history!

As well as huge jackpots the US Powerball also has a huge AUD$1.4 million second division prize! This is huge for a non-jackpot lottery prize.

It also offers players the chance to boost their non-jackpot wins by up to 10 times! The Multiplier feature is available for an extra cost and can see you walk away with far more than you normally would.


Australian Powerball is the little brother of its US counterpart. Australian Powerball’s current format has been in place since 2018. Its format is very similar to the US Powerball, except that you are required to choose 7 main numbers (instead of 5) from a pool of 35. Like the US Powerball, you’re also required to choose the powerball from a separate pool of 20 numbers.

While it doesn’t have the same powerful jackpots as its big brother and doesn’t offer the multiplier or an equivalent, Australian Powerball has still had some pretty impressive wins over the years.


Finally, the US Powerball is drawn three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays AEST, having Australians on the edge of their seats each week waiting for Thursday, Sunday, and Tuesday lotto results.

The Australian Powerball is only drawn once a week, on Thursdays.

So, if you’re looking for more chances to win, the US Powerball might be the way to go.

So, which lottery should you play? If you’re looking for the biggest jackpots, then US Powerball is the way to go, and The Lottery Office can help you get there through its matched USA Power Lottery.

For every ticket you buy in our Government licensed USA Power Lotto we buy a matching ticket in a US Powerball draw in America. If the US Powerball ticket wins a prize, we collect it ourselves, and then we pay the same amount to you, allowing you the opportunity to benefit from this amazing lottery.

If you’d like an opportunity to become an overnight millionaire, make sure you sign up to The Lottery Office and enter to win from some of the world’s biggest lotteries from just AUD$3.70/draw! Here’s how:

  1. Click on the “sign up” icon at the top of our home page. You can sign up quickly using your Gmail or Facebook account. You’ll be asked to input a few details and agree to our terms and conditions.
  2. Now you’re ready to play! Visit our website and select our lottery matched with the overseas lottery you’d like to play and then chose your numbers. You can choose a quick play, and the numbers will be selected for you randomly.
  3. Complete the transaction and pay securely using a debit or credit card, BPay, PayID, or Paysafecard. For your safety, our website is secured by 256-bit encryption technology.

Note: To sign up for an account with The Lottery Office, you must be over 18 years and be an Australian or New Zealand resident.

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