Powerball: $80 million worth of tips to winning

FEELING LUCKY?: Here’s the experts’ tips on winning the staggering $80 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Photo: FILE
FEELING LUCKY?: Here’s the experts’ tips on winning the staggering $80 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Photo: FILE

WINNING the lottery may be a game of chance, but if you had some tips to help beat the odds you’d do it. Wouldn’t you?

After seven weeks of jackpotting, Powerball has soared to a mind-blowing $80 million.

It’s the second biggest jackpot Powerball has offered in the game’s 23-year history.

Imagine what that kind of money could buy you: retirement, a never forget holiday and hey it could even pay off your mortgage, your best mate’s and your mum’s.

Now before you go rushing out to buy a ticket, here’s the tips that the Lott says you need to know.

While Powerball is a random game of chance and every number has an equal chance of being drawn, the Lott has crunched the numbers to reveal the game’s most frequently drawn numbers during the past eight months.

Last year, 14 division one winning entries in the Lott’s jurisdictions took home $344 million in Powerball prize money.

  • Of these entries, almost two-thirds were QuickPick entries, where the numbers were randomly generated by the lottery terminal. The remaining entries were marked entries, where the ticketholders had chosen the numbers themselves.
  • Almost one-in-four of the winning entries were PowerHIT entries, a special type of entry that guarantees the all-important Powerball number needed to win division one.

For the main barrel, where seven winning numbers are drawn from 35, the ‘hot’ number is 32, having been drawn 13 times. (table 1)

There are several numbers that have only been drawn four times during the same period, the lowest of any number from the main barrel. (table 2)

For the separate Powerball barrel, where a single Powerball number between one and 20 is drawn, there are three numbers that have been drawn more than any other. (table 3)

At the same time, there are several Powerball numbers that never been drawn during the past eight months. (table 4)

The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said he expected around one-in-three Australian adults to have an entry in this Thursday’s draw.

“The current Australian record for the biggest division one win by a single entry was a massive $70 million Powerball prize won by a Hervey Bay couple in 2016,” he said.

“Can you imagine how your life might change in 2019 if your bank account ballooned by an $80 million Powerball prize?

The current Australian record for the biggest division one win by a single entry was a massive $70 million Powerball prize won by a Hervey Bay couple in 2016.

The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart

“Would you pursue a long-held passion to explore the beautiful corners of the world, or would you set up home on a tropical island, or both.”

Mr Hart said January had a track record of big Powerball jackpot wins.

In 2017, a private syndicate of 21 Queensland Government workers shared a $55 million Powerball prize, while last year a mystery Melbourne winner snared $55 million.

Mr Hart urged people to grab an early entry into the draw.

“Leading up to the draw close on Thursday evening, we’re going to be frenetic in store and online as Aussies get their hands on a ticket,” he said.

Powerball draw 1182 closes at 7.30pm AEST on Thursday, January 10, 2019.