Powerball jackpots to $60 million – so how can you win it all?

Josh Dutton
News Reporter

Powerball has jackpotted to $60 million for tonight’s draw as punters vie to win the first division one prize of the decade.

The last division one prize was won on Boxing Day when the winning ticket holder collected a substantial $24 million.

How do I win the Powerball $60m prize?

To win the entire $60 million you need to match all seven numbers along with the Powerball number.

The balls are numbered from 1 to 35 while the Powerball is numbered from 1 to 20.

However, even if you don’t match all the numbers you can still walk away with some winnings.

A division two win requires you matching all seven numbers without the Powerball.

To win $60 million you need to match all seven numbers and the Powerball number (the white ball pictured). Source: The Lott (file pic)

Last week’s draw saw seven division two winners take home more than $70,000 each.

Match six numbers with the Powerball and you can take home a division three prize.

What numbers should I pick for Powerball?

Although there’s no way to predict the results you can take a look at which numbers are drawn the most.

Since April 2018, the most drawn number for Powerball has been 17 at a total of 26 times.

Nine and 11 were each picked 25 times while 2, 7, and 20 were drawn  24 times.

As for the least drawn, 1 and 15 have each been picked 12 times while the number 12 was pulled out 11 times.

Three and 19 were the most drawn Powerball numbers while 18 and 1 were only picked out twice.

Winning the lottery, unfortunately, all comes down to luck. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Are there lucky numbers I can use for Powerball?

You might be a tad superstitious – we get it.

Numbers hold different meanings depending on cultures.

In China, the number four is generally avoided because it carries the meaning of death however eight is highly valued as it’s seen to carry prosperity and wealth.

Imagine what you could do with $60 million. Source: The Lott (file pic)

Three’s widely considered to be lucky by Swedish people due to the saying: “all good things come in groups of three”.

Norwegians believe the number 9 to be sacred due to its prevalence in Nordic mythology.

Thirteen is regarded among many cultures to be unlucky. However, in Powerball it’s been drawn 15 times since April 2018.

Is there a way to predict the Powerball numbers?

Seriously, if there was a way we knew how to predict the numbers, would a Yahoo News Australia journalist be writing this story?

Unfortunately, there is no way to predict the winning lottery numbers.

When University of Sydney statistician Dr Michael Stewart was asked if you could predict the lottery or count numbers like Blackjack he said, “the short answer is no”.

What are the odds of winning Powerball?

To say the odds are against you claiming the top prize would be an understatement.

Winning Powerball’s division one prize is 134,490,000:1.

The chances of winning Powerball are more than 130 million to one. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

To put it into perspective - you’re more likely to be killed trying to get something out of the office vending machine which is one in 112 million.

You’re also more likely to be killed by a falling coconut at one in 50 million or getting struck by lightning which is one in one million.

Where can I watch the Powerball draw?

You can watch the draw live on 7TWO on Thursday at 8.30pm AEST.

Results are also available online after the draw.

If gambling is a problem for you go to Gambling Help Online or call 1800 858 858.

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