A major lottery prize is up for grabs after the US Powerball jackpot rose to a staggering $A2.4 billion for Tuesday’s draw.
Australians can try their luck in the draw through The Lottery Office. But get in quick, entries close at 11am AEDT.
The lack of a winner in Sunday’s draw has brought the total jackpot to $1.55 billion ($A2.4 billion), one of the largest prizes in US Powerball history.
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The last Powerball jackpot win was on July 19, when a single Californian won $A1.695 (US$1.08) billion.
Since then, there has been no jackpot winner in 35 consecutive drawings.
It is the first time in history the US Powerball has offered billion-dollar jackpots in back-to-back cycles.
Australian players can enter the international draw through The Lottery Office’s local USA Power Lotto competition, which uses the same numbers the player selected to buy a matching ticket in the US Powerball draw.
How to play
The USA Power Lotto operates as a local version of the US-based Powerball.
Australians can buy tickets through The Lottery Office, which will then purchase a matching ticket in the US draw.
US Powerball draws take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm US eastern time — which means for Australians the draws are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1.59pm AEDT.
Each game costs $7, and players pick five numbers from a pool of one to 69, plus another number between one and 26.
Overall, the chances of winning a prize are one to 25 per game, according to The Lottery Office.
The odds of winning the jackpot are much slimmer, at one in 292.2 million, US Powerball says.
What happens if you win
For lucky winners, The Lottery Office will initially collect the prize money on the ticket.
Prizes of less than $A10,000 will be paid to the winner’s Lottery Office account as soon as the results of the draw have been finalised.
The Lottery Office will contact winners of $A10,000 or more to arrange payment of their prize.
If you’re concerned about your gambling or the gambling of a friend or family member, log on to Gambling Help Online or make contact via phone on 1800 858 858.
You can access online counselling as well as services in your state or territory and support for family and friends.
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