USA Power Lotto jackpot soars to $1 billion ahead of Thursday’s US Powerball draw

Disappointed to be among the unlucky ones who missed out on the $90 million Oz Lotto draw?

Well fear not, a new chance to strike gold is just around the corner, with $1 billion up for grabs.

The USA Power Lotto jackpot has soared to $1 billion for Thursday’s draw, offering Australians the chance to send off 2023 as the winner of the nation’s biggest ever lotto prize.

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Australians can try their luck in the draw through The Lottery Office.

The Lottery Office chief executive officer Jaclyn Wood said the USA Power Lotto jackpot would provide Australians with the chance to change their lives as they bring in 2024.

“We are holding a lot of hope that the next big win could go to an Aussie,” Wood said.

“A win this festive season would be a dream come true and make this new year the best.”

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 in 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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