With $80 million up for grabs in tomorrow night’s Powerball draw, Australian lottery players may be keen to discover the entry types and numbers that have helped previous Powerball winners take home the coveted prize.

This week’s $80 million Powerball draw is only the sixth time in the game’s 24-year history that a jackpot of this size has been up for grabs and the first time in 2020. 

Despite no one taking home the division one prize during the past six weeks, there have been 27 Powerball division two winning entries that were just one number off winning the life-changing division one prize.  


Australia’s winning Powerball states 

Up to a third of Aussie adults are expected to have an entry in this week’s $80 million Powerball draw.

We’re standing by ready to crown the second Powerball division one winner of 2020 and will be calling any registered division one winners shortly after the draw.

Last year, there were 14 Powerball division one winners who pocketed more than $541 million in prize money. These wins were spread across Australia with New South Wales enjoying five, Queensland four, Victoria three and South Australia two.

Who knows where our next Powerball division one win will land. Perhaps we’ll find out tomorrow night!

The types of entries that win Powerball

Of the 14 Powerball division one wins last year, eight were secured by QuickPick entries, where the lottery terminal randomly chose the numbers. The remaining six wins came from marked entries, where people completed a coupon with their favourite numbers. 

Interestingly, the 2019 Powerball division one winning entries were relatively small entries, with all but two consisting of 25 games or less.

Almost a quarter of the winning entries were PowerHit entries, a special kind of entry unique to Powerball that guarantees the all-important Powerball number that you need to win division one.

‘Hot’ and ‘cold’ numbers 

For those of you wishing to mark your Powerball entries might consider how they interpret the game’s ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ numbers. 

While Powerball is a random game of chance, and every number has an equal chance of being drawn, there are some numbers we have seen drawn out of the barrel more often than others.

Players interested in trying their hand at choosing their numbers may mark ‘hot’ numbers in the hope they live up to their reputation of being drawn more often. Or you could choose to use ‘cold’ numbers in the belief their turn to be drawn is just around the corner.

We’ve even had previous winners tell us they avoid both sets of ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ numbers, instead picking those numbers that aren’t getting any attention. For the main barrel, where seven winning numbers are drawn from 35, the ‘hot’ number is 17, having been drawn 28 times during the past two years. The number 11 has also been drawn 27 times in the last two years.

Looking at numbers that are 'cold' or have been drawn less frequently, the numbers 12 and 15 have been drawns 13 times in the past two years.

For the separate Powerball barrel, where a single Powerball number between one and 20 is drawn, there are two numbers that have been drawn more than any other during the past two years - these are 3 and 19, which have each been drawn 19 times in the last two years. Conversely, the numbers 1 and 18 have only been drawn from the Powerball barrel twice in the last two years. 


Don't forget Powerball draw 1245 closes at 7:30pm AEST on Thursday 26 March 2020. Tickets can be purchased at any licensed lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via the Lott mobile app. 

We can't wait to see what numbers are drawn this Thursday night!