REVEALED: The Powerball entry types that could score you the $150 million jackpot
As Aussies dream about how the rest of their life might look with a $150 million Powerball payday, their attention is turning to what entry types might help them score this record-breaking jackpot.
While every entry offers the chance to take home the coveted division one prize, you might not realise there are different types of Powerball entries. These different entry types offer different chances of winning and have had varying track records of making overnight multi-millionaires.
QuickPick or marked entry
Your chances of winning a Powerball division one prize are statistically the same regardless of whether you mark your entry or the lottery terminal randomly selects numbers for you – provided it is the same sized entry.
So far this year, we’ve seen eight division one winners across the nation pocket more than $316 million. Of these, we’ve had an even split between QuickPick and marked entries.
Size of the entry
The more games on your ticket, the more chances you have of winning!
Each standard game, represented by a row of numbers on your ticket, gives you a chance to win. The smallest entry you can get in Powerball is a 4-game entry.
Interestingly, more than a third of this year’s division one winning entries have been 25-game entries.
Time and time again we’ve seen fairly modest-sized Powerball entries take home the division one prize. It goes to show that you don’t need a big entry, you just need an entry for the chance to win.
The power of the PowerHit
PowerHit is a special type of entry unique to Powerball that guarantees the all-important Powerball number. Remember, you need the Powerball number to win division one!
During the past eight weeks, we’ve had 46 division two winners. These players had all the winning numbers, but not the Powerball number. If just one of these players had purchased a PowerHit entry, they would be multi-millionaires.
The PowerHit entry also has good form for creating multi-millionaires. A quarter of Powerball division one winners this year held PowerHit entries.
While the PowerHit entry may only look like one line on your ticket, players should remember that this type of entry is actually twenty games which consist of the same seven numbers but each game has a different Powerball number from one to 20. This means if you do score the division one prize, you will also snag division two a massive 19 times which would bolster your prize dramatically.
This is exactly what happened to one happy winner in July when Powerball reached $110 million. His PowerHit entry scored him not only a division one prize of $36.60 million but 19 division two prizes as well, boosting his total prize was over $37.60 million.
Other special entry types
You might not realise there are other special entry types that could increase their chances of winning. Some of these are larger entry types that are ideal for syndicates of family members, friends and workmates.
A System entry allows you to pick more numbers from the main barrel of 1 to 35. For example, a System 10 entry gives you every seven-number combination of those ten numbers. There’s even a PowerHit System entry that not only allows you to pick more numbers from the main barrel, but also guarantees the Powerball number.
Another entry type is the Pick entry, which guarantees you either one or two of the winning numbers.
Regardless of which entry you opt for, it’s important to have that entry in your hands before the draw’s close tomorrow night if you want the chance to win the $150 million Powerball prize!
Powerball draw 1218 closes at 7:30pm AEST on Thursday 19 September 2019.
Tickets can be purchased at any licensed lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via the Lott mobile app.