Thursday Lotto Help & FAQ

What Is the Thursday Lotto?

Launched in 1996 the Thursday Lotto has gone on to become one of the most popular lotteries in Australia. The game, which is branded as Powerball, is based upon the phenomenally successful American PowerBall lottery. Similarly branded lottery games are also played in other countries including New Zealand and South Africa.
Go to our Magazine to find interesting articles about the Australian Thursday Lotto.

Draw Day Draw Time Jackpot Minimum Record Jackpot Jackpot Odds Prize Divisions Cost per Game
Thursday 8.30pm AEST/9.30pm AEDT $3 million $80 million (2009) 1 : 76,767,600 8 $0.90

Who Can Play the Thursday Lotto?

Players from Australia (excluding South Australia) can play the Thursday Lotto at All players at Lottoland® must be 18 years or older.

When Are the Winning Powerball Numbers Drawn?

The Thursday Lotto Powerball draw is held each Thursday night at 8:30pm AEST / 9:30pm AEDT.

Where Can I Find the Powerball Lotto Results & Winning Numbers?

You can find the latest as well as previous Powerball Results on our Thursday Lotto Results page.

How Do I Play the Thursday Lotto?

  • Pick six regular numbers from a range of 1 to 40.
  • Pick your special number, the “Powerball”, from a range of 1 to 20.
  • Numbers are drawn from two different drums. First, the six regular numbers are drawn. Next comes the Powerball draw, where the Powerball number is drawn from the second drum.
  • Match all six regular numbers plus the special number to hit the jackpot.
  • Seven additional prize divisions awarded for specific combinations of regular and/or special numbers.

How Much Does It Cost to Play the Thursday Lotto?

Thursday Lotto costs just $0.90 per standard game. No minimum games are required for the Thursday Lotto. You can play one or more games. For System Bet pricing please see information below.

How Do I Fill in My Thursday Lotto Ticket at Lottoland®?

Easily. Just click inside the grid of the main ticket area that corresponds to each of the numbers for your regular number picks. Next select your special Powerball number from the dropdown menu underneath. Alternatively you can just opt to play a quick pick by pressing the Quick+1 button. Then, once you’re ready to go simply click on the green Submit button.

If you click on more than six regular numbers you will activate what’s known as a System Bet, or system entry. This method of playing will increase your ticket price, but also odds of winning – it allows you to enter more than the standard six numbers in multiple combinations.

Before submitting your ticket you also have the option to adjust your Duration and Participation settings and/or opt to play via Subscription.

All of these additional options are discussed on the main Thursday Lotto page. To learn more just click on the Play Thursday Lotto button on the top left of the main page area.

What Is a Subscription?

Subscriptions remove the hassle of buying repeat lines and the fear of missing out on that big jackpot win. Our Subscription feature allows you to set up a running bet or bets on a given lottery draw. The subscription is open ended and will run for as long as you want it too. You can opt out at any time and cancel the subscription in your player account.

Please find more information here: How to cancel a subscription

What Is the DoubleJackpot Feature?

The DoubleJackpot feature allows you to go for twice the official lottery jackpot. So, for instance, if the official draw is $10 million and you bet on the outcome with us and activate the DoubleJackpot feature, you will go for a jackpot of $20 million. The prizes for all other tiers will remain the same.

You will pay double the price of your normal game to activate the DoubleJackpot feature. For more information about this feature please refer to Double Jackpot Explained.

What Is the NumberShield Feature?

Don't want to share the jackpot with other winners? Our special NumberShield feature allows you to protect your numbers in the event of a jackpot win. If you activate this feature you will win the entire jackpot in division 1, even if other players chose the same numbers. Only one player can select the NumberShield feature for a specific set of numbers. If another player has already shielded a specific set of numbers no other player will be able to shield the same numbers for the respective draw.

NumberShield can be chosen for a particular game field or complete ticket and will occur an additional cost added to the ticket price. NumberShield and DoubleJackpot cannot be selected on the same ticket. NumberShield and DoubleJackpot cannot be selected on the same ticket. For more information see our article Never share a jackpot.

What Does "Participation: When Jackpot Is" mean?

This option allows you to only participate when the jackpot is a set amount or higher. So if you choose $7 million, you will only enter the next draw when the jackpot is at a minimum of $7 million.

How Much Do Thursday System Bets Cost?

System Bet Equivalent Standard Games Cost
System 7 7 $6.30
System 8 28 $25.20
System 9 84 $75.60
System 10 210 $189.00
System 11 462 $415.80
System 12 924 $831.60
System 13 1,716 $1,544.40
System 14 3,003 $2,702.70
System 15 5,005 $4,504.50
System 16 8,008 $7,207.20
System 17 12,376 $11,138.40
System 18 18,564 $16,707.60
System 19 27,132 $24,418.80
System 20 27,132 $34,884.00

How Much Can I Win Playing the Thursday Lotto?

The Thursday Lotto offers a guaranteed minimum jackpot of $3 million.

What Is the Highest Thursday Lotto Jackpot of All Time?

The biggest Thursday Lotto jackpot ever won was for $80 million, the second highest in Australian lottery history (the highest Australian jackpot ever was for $100 million on the Tuesday Lotto).

What Are the Prize Divisions for the Thursday Lotto?

The Thursday Lotto offers players more ways to win than any other major Australian lottery with a total of eight prize divisions. See the table below for more details.

Prize Division Winning Combinations
Division 1 6 Winning Numbers + Powerball
Division 2 6 Winning Numbers
Division 3 5 Winning Numbers + Powerball
Division 4 5 Winning Numbers
Division 5 4 Winning Numbers + Powerball
Division 6 3 Winning Numbers + Powerball
Division 7 4 Winning Numbers
Division 8 2 Winning Numbers + Powerball

What Are the Odds of Winning the Thursday Lotto?

The Oz Powerball gives you more ways to win than any major Australian lottery. See the table below for more details.

Prize Division Odds (based on one game)
Division 1 1 : 76,767,600
Division 2 1 : 4,040,400
Division 3 1 : 376,312
Division 4 1 : 19,806
Division 5 1 : 9,123
Division 6 1 : 641
Division 7 1 : 480
Division 8 1 : 110

How Do I Get My Thursday Lotto Winnings?

As a Lottoland® player you will be automatically informed of results and any winnings will be credited to the balance of your Lottoland® user account automatically. You then have the option of using these winnings to play more games, or you can withdraw the money to your bank account.

Please note that all new Lottoland® players must first verify their identity before any withdrawals can be made due to Australian Federal Government Anti-Money Laundering legislation. Refer to our help section to find more information about how to verify your identity.

Do I Pay Tax on Winnings?

Generally there is no tax to pay on lottery winnings in Australia, but players are advised to check with the local tax authorities in the case of any win.

Why Should I Buy Thursday Lotto Tickets Online from Lottoland®?

Safety, security, convenience and choice – these are just some of the reasons for playing online at Lottoland®.

  • Safety and security; all transactions are done digitally using the same encryption methods used by the global financial system.
  • Never worry about losing your ticket or having it stolen.
  • Convenience; you can play the world of lotteries from the comfort of your own home, or play via mobile while on the go.
  • Get notified of results once they’re in and get your winnings credited automatically to your player account.
  • You can even enter draws after the official closing date.
  • Choice; you can opt to play a subscription or select specific draw dates and other participation options to best suit your unique preferences.
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