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What do you think of the Powerball changes?

Mark Fletcher
February 16th, 2018 · 27 Comments

I have been asked by several people to start a topic on the Powerball changes, so they can comment. Here it is. For those unfamiliar, here is a summary of the changes, from an email to retailers from Lotterywest:

More overall winners
We’re improving the odds of winning any prize from 1 in 78 to 1 in 44.

Big Jackpots
Bigger jackpots that customers love.

More Winning Numbers
The new Powerball game will draw 7 Winning Numbers from a barrel of 35 balls (numbered 1–35). The Powerball will still be drawn from a barrel of 20 balls (numbered 1–20).

New Prize Divisions
We’ll be adding a new Division 9 to the game, helping to increase the number of overall winners in every draw.

Pricing update
To help deliver more winners and big prizes, the cost of entry will increase by 25 cents per game (plus retailer commission). 


Category: Lotteries

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michael // Feb 16, 2018 at 6:17 AM

    I think it will hurt sales. We are a top 25 agency in NSW and do A LOT of minimum ticket purchases and even those customers are starting to feel the pinch and they now avoid OZ lotto for that very reason.

    I am scared also for the new divisional prize… I can only assume this is going to cost us more time and cash flow with more tiny payouts. This side of things is no benefit to agents and i hardly feel like it is going to feel good for customers when they win their $0.57c off their minimum tickets….

    Instead of all this i would love to see Tatts investing in the agency channel and making things easier, be it with shop fits, promotions or even merchandisers to take some of the work off us so we can focus on selling.

    The site surveys are on going and while we do not mind uniformity this is still viewed as a slap in the face to retailers. I garuntee if they spent that money on us in some fashion, or even on our customers you would see sales rising across the board as we would all be more interested in pushing lotto instead of every other aspect of our businesses.

    Just my 2c


  • 2 Billy B // Feb 16, 2018 at 7:17 AM

    I think they are on the right track if the big jackpots happen. Customes are so tired of teeny jackpots and respond to bigger ones. However, with this move and with other moves e.g. scratchies, Tatts are making more work for their franchisees, without any corresponding financial compensation. They are looking after themselves but forgetting the ppl who give them 85% of their sales.


  • 3 George Adams // Feb 16, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    Interesting…. They went down this track a few years ago when they made the changes to try get the jackpots bigger. It was the worst thing they did. Lets hope they have done there homework this time. With a steep price rise it might be quite damaging!


  • 4 Peter // Feb 16, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    spot on with making jackpots bigger and longer lasting. I will watch with great interest. However bigger jackpots do undoubtedly drive sales.


  • 5 Bradley // Feb 16, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Tatts obviously did this because people are sick of tiny jackpots but I honestly think this will hurt sales but not because of the cost, I have a slightly different perspective.

    So if you have to get 7 numbers from 1-35 and 1 number from 1-20, that means the odds of winning the jackpot are 1:134,490,400. The odds of winning the EuroJackpot are 1:95,344,200 – and the EuroJackpot just recently had a €90 million jackpot (approximately AU$141 million). The odds of winning the EuroMillions are 1:139,838,160 – and the EuroMillions currenly has a €151 million jackpot (approximately AU$238 million). Now let’s be honest, due to our small population, our jackpots probably aren’t going to get over $100 million.

    So I wonder what Lottoland is going to say when they find out about the new Powerball being harder to win… “Why buy a Powerball ticket at your local newsagent when you can bet on the EuroJackpot at Lottoland? Better odds and higher jackpots!”, “Why buy a Powerball ticket at your local newsagent when you can bet on the EuroMillions at Lottoland? Similar odds but higher jackpots!”

    Lottoland’s Really Gotta Go!


  • 6 Colin // Feb 16, 2018 at 9:24 PM

    Will only work if (a) payouts on div 9 are bigger than the cost of 14 games (b) jackpots accumulate very quickly to be over $50 in 4 weeks and peek at 100m plus in max 6 weeks. Failure if both not achieved.


  • 7 David Rawlings // Feb 19, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    you stuffed up Oz Lotto when you put 7 numbers, when it was 6 numbers the bottom division paid $40.00 now it pays $13.00 So now you are going to stuff up Powerball again. the present jackpots are high enough as they are, and being an aged pensioner just small wins are nice. looks as if you have lost me playing anymore


  • 8 Lance // Feb 19, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    From an outsider…….
    Does many really believe they are making these changes to benefit ticket buyers…..or sellers for that matter ?
    As said, I’m an outsider and don’t fully understand the operation of lotteries or their agents, but from the publics aspect this only looks to benefit the top level, Lotterywest.


  • 9 Trudy // Feb 20, 2018 at 7:41 PM

    Don’t forget that Tatts is only running this game and the others to make money. It doesn’t serve their interest to keep cost to play to a reasonable amount. Every time Tatts makes a change to Powerball we get a story about how big the jackpots will now be etc etc. This time is no different. I would like to be able to choose which agent I pay my commission to when I play on line.


  • 10 Glen Morrow // Feb 21, 2018 at 6:23 PM

    Without a substantial increase in the lower division prizes, I cant see any reason to play. Winning $13 on a $11 ticket is really pushing it. Bumping the price to $14.50 will need a payout of $20 pluss to keep people playing.


  • 11 Ravi // Feb 25, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Should be able to buy 2 lines instead of 4 on powerball


  • 12 Sandy Terrell // Feb 27, 2018 at 10:44 PM

    I think this is a huge mistake. When OZ lotto added the extra number, requiring 7 numbers to win and greatly reduced prizes in the lower divisions, a lot of people either stopped playing weekly or reduced to a 6 game or less ticket.

    Personally I believe they have learnt from OZ lotto that ticket sales increase exponentially as jackpots get bigger increasing their revenue.
    As the odds of winning first division will double, currently we have a 1: 76 767 600 chance of winning but this increases to 1:134,490,400 under the new format.
    This huge increase in odds means more weeks of increased revenue as more and more people including those that don’t usually buy tickets chase the dream each week until its won.

    There is a huge risk of severe financial hardship, especially for low income earners, such as those on Centrelink benefits/pensions, as they are lured by the big jackpots to spend money they cant afford in the hopes of improving their financial situation.


  • 13 Jonathan Wilson // Feb 28, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    I saw a story on the TV news last night that the government wants to force those on welfare who are blowing that money on gambling onto the welfare card that can’t be used for gambling so if that happens all the centrelink people wont be able to play the lotto anymore I suspect.


  • 14 Jan // Feb 28, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    If there is only going to be one extra division then I can only assume that one of the other divisions we have now is going as 7 numbers and then 7 plus the powerball would be two divisions. Also how can the jackpots be bigger if there is now a greater chance of winning 1 in 78 to now 1 in 44 I myself should have stopped with the last changes but now I will.


  • 15 Jon // Mar 1, 2018 at 1:56 AM

    I’m surprised at all the negativity around these changes. For me bigger jackpots mean much higher takings and with the changes I’m sure we will see $100 million + as the new norm. Bring it on!


  • 16 Michael // Mar 1, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    Jon #15, It may just be my pessimistic view of the world but while you are correct there will be larger crowds for when the jackpots do reach mass levels. I believe on a week to week basis this will continue to push out the lower income earners who like to play their minimum amount of games. Whether or not that works out in our favor long term is what is to be decided.

    Jan #14, The odds of winning first division have gotten much harder which means the jackpot prize will be increased more often. You are more likely to win A prize but much less likely to win THE jackpot prize…


  • 17 Guy // Mar 2, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Do not like xxxx .The Major prize is fine at present the jackpot bet bigeer anyway what am i going to do with 100 million dollars i am not a greedy person if it goes to 7 numbers i will stop playing powerball and play lotto instead.


  • 18 kanga // Mar 4, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Tatts is getting greedier and greedier. It won’t be long before we see 7 numbers on a Saturday draw and follow the US, with massive jackpots. The best game ever was cancelled by Tattslotto, probably because they weren’t making enough profit. It was called Tatts 2 and 2 numbers were drawn nightly from 99 numbers, for a cost of 55 cents. The odds of winning with 1 set of pairs was 1 in 4,851. My partner and I played about 6 sets of numbers for a outlay of approximately $23/week. Playing the numbers daily, reduced the odds of success to 1 in 115. This equates to mathematically a win 3 times a year. This is close to the number of payouts we won and is the only Tatts game, I can say that I made a profit after 12 months. Once a week the prize money doubled and our average payout was between $800 to $1,200. Not enough to get rich on, but better than bank interest.


  • 19 Fay Haynes // Mar 4, 2018 at 7:45 PM

    Costly increase. For most people with a minimum of 4 games, it will cost an extra $1 per week.
    $52 per year which may cut the participation of some pensioners and those on a tight budget.
    But, like all big businesses, all they can see is increased profit and bigger dividends to shareholders.


  • 20 Peter // Mar 5, 2018 at 6:11 AM

    As a regular powerball player, I won’t be playing after the changes, I’ll go to the club and play Keno Mega Millions a few times a week instead. Currently Powerball regularly goes off at between 3 and 20 million, that’s enough to retire on, no need for more. Bigger Jackpots means less div 1 winners which is not a good thing.


  • 21 Karise // Mar 8, 2018 at 1:18 PM

    It’s unrealistic to expect us to have the same jackpots as countries much bigger then us. There is no need to try and compete. No one person needs 100million, the jackpots are fine the way they are. Although I know that they were not thinking about customers when they made that choice. The odds were never meant to be in our favour so why would any of the changes be in our favour. I don’t think the jackpots will get much bigger anyway because less people will play powerball now that it cost more.


  • 22 Paul // Mar 8, 2018 at 11:16 PM

    Greed Greed Greed
    6 numbers was pushing my pacients 7 will loose me altogether .
    Honestly who needs a 50 or 75 million jackpot .
    get real .


  • 23 Ian Urquhart // Mar 11, 2018 at 7:31 AM

    Lottoland wins again. Very poor decision making by the marketing people at The Lott who only appear to want The Lott with nothing for agents, franchisees or the public. Making the odds higher means the chance of winning is a little further away. Smaller wins is effectively death by 2000 cuts rather than 1000. Have purchased my last Powerball ticket and will now be seeking alternate options.


  • 24 Robert James // Mar 17, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Greed is the Name of the game. lets suck as much money as we can out of the Population as possible and give Them as little as posible in return. The old Saying the Rich get Richer and the Pore get Porer as they spend money trying to chase an imposible to win dream. I have played my last game of Power Ball or any other Tatts operated game. Will be looking to spend my money elswhere. No More with Tatts.


  • 25 hb // Mar 17, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    I’m disappointed. My Dad took his birth date for years, Mum and I have kept putting his numbers in after his death but now his birth year is being removed so we won’t be able to keep his tradition going.


  • 26 Michael // Mar 17, 2018 at 11:40 PM

    Greed Greed Greed

    George Adams must be turning in his grave 🙁


  • 27 peter vas // Mar 18, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    laugh out loud at all the people making comments on this website… if only you knew how the gambling industry not just in Australia but around the world works…but fear not my downtrodden friends both THE LOTT as they call themselves these days and TABCORB are all going to pay for it dearly when “their time comes” and as for their shareholders “oh dear me”… cheers


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