How to play Powerball
Following the April 8, 2020 drawing, guaranteed starting jackpot amounts and minimum jackpot increases will be eliminated, and future jackpot increases will be determined and announced by the Product Group prior to each drawing.In April 2020, Powerball announced changes to the starting jackpot amount. More information here.
Think of how to play Powerball in terms of colors and numbers. You must select numbers for five white balls and one red ball (the Powerball) for a total of six numbers. Click for a closer view of the playslip to learn more.
Here are the ways to play Powerball:
- Choose your own numbers on a playslip. Pick five different numbers from 1 through 69; then, select one Powerball number from 1 through 26.
- Or you can choose Easy Pick and let the computer choose your numbers
- You can also use a combination of these play methods: Pick some of your favorite numbers, and let the computer fill in the rest.
- Each play (six numbers) costs $2.
- Powerball draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 11 p.m.
Changes to the Powerball game rules came into effect on October 4th 2015 for the October 7th draw. The changes reduced the chances of a jackpot win and improved the chances of winning any other prize as the table below illustrates. The changes ensured that the Powerball jackpot grows faster and higher that it did prior to the October 7th 2015 draw.
|Draws||Main Number Range||Powerball Number Range||Winning Jackpot Odds||Winning Any Prize Odds|
|Pre October 7th 2015||1 – 59||1 – 35||1 in 176 million||1 in 31.85|
|October 7th 2015 Onwards||1 – 69||1 – 26||1 in 292 million||1 in 24.87|
Some states have variations to certain aspects of the game; for example, the amount of time you have to claim your prize might depend on where you bought your ticket. The closing time for ticket sales changes between different states. Officially it can be anywhere from an hour or more before the draw takes place. California’s prize dividends are pari-mutuel meaning the prize amount will vary depending on the number of winners and tickets sold (this excludes the jackpot which is the same as the national publicised jackpot). To be clear, the game play is exactly the same from state to state.
Contrary to popular belief, the official Powerball site stipulates that non-residents of the United States can participate in the Powerball lottery.
Canadians can participate in the Powerball lottery by using an online lottery service – a relatively new phenomenon that gives players access to numerous lottery games no matter where they’re based. It’s important to note that any online lottery service linked to or from Powerball.ca has been tested and vetted by the Powerball.ca editorial staff.
How to Play
While picking numbers every week is one way to play, it’s not your only option. Let’s take a closer look at the different ways to play the game.
First, you have Easy Pick, which lets the computer choose six random numbers for you. You can also do a combination; you select some numbers, and the computer picks the rest.
You also can purchase Power Play. For an additional $1 per play, you can earn between two and 10 times more money if you win a non-jackpot prize. The Power Play can multiply your winnings by two, three, four, five or 10 times based upon the Power Play ball that is drawn in a given drawing. There are 24 2x balls, 13 3x balls, three 4x balls and 5x balls each and one 10X ball.
A Multi-draw play means you’re playing with the same numbers over and over again. You can play up to 26 times in a row with the same six numbers.
A Repeat play means you’re getting the same numbers repeatedly for one drawing. You can purchase the same numbers up to 20 times per drawing.
There are Game Machines in 1,500+ stores across Virginia that allow you to skip the checkout lines and get your Powerball tickets without the hassle of going to a cashier. You can also create a Virginia Lottery account and purchase your tickets online while you are anywhere in Virginia.
Powerball game prizes are split into divisional prize pools just as with the other lotto games. These run from Division 1 which is the top prize through to Division 9 which is the bottom prize. Here are the prize divisions and odds (per game):
|PRIZE DIVISION||COMBINATION||ODDS||PRIZE POOL %|
|Division 1||7 Numbers + Powerball||1:134,490,400||35%|
|Division 2||7 Numbers||1:7,078,443||1.8%|
|Division 3||6 Numbers + Powerball||1:686,176||1.1%|
|Division 4||6 Numbers||1:36,115||2%|
|Division 5||5 Numbers + Powerball||1:16,943||1.5%|
|Division 6||4 Numbers + Powerball||1:1,173||9.7%|
|Division 7||5 Numbers||1:892||7.6%|
|Division 8||3 Numbers + Powerball||1:188||15%|
|Division 9||2 Numbers + Powerball||1:66||26.3%|
For Powerball System Entries see: Powerball Systems Prize Table
USA Powerball Results
You can find the latest USA Powerball result below, including the winning numbers and how much prize money was won. For more results, please visit Powerball.net.
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Jackpot for this draw: $156,500,000
Display Balls in Drawn OrderShow USA Powerball Winners 11-11
|Prize Division||Prize Amount||Winners||Total Prize Fund|
|Match 5 plus Powerball||$156,500,000.00||Rollover 0||$0.00|
|Match 4 plus Powerball||$50,000.00||10||$500,000.00|
|Match 3 plus Powerball||$100.00||774||$77,400.00|
|Match 2 plus Powerball||$7.00||15,983||$111,881.00|
|Match 1 plus Powerball||$4.00||121,618||$486,472.00|
|Match 0 plus Powerball||$4.00||278,950||$1,115,800.00|
|Match 5 (with Power Play)||$2,000,000.00||$0.00|
|Match 4 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$100,000.00||2||$200,000.00|
|Match 4 (with Power Play)||$200.00||68||$13,600.00|
|Match 3 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$200.00||239||$47,800.00|
|Match 3 (with Power Play)||$14.00||4,798||$67,172.00|
|Match 2 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$14.00||5,177||$72,478.00|
|Match 1 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$8.00||38,827||$310,616.00|
|Match 0 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$8.00||85,601||$684,808.00|
Next Estimated USA Powerball Jackpot
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How to Win Powerball
Now that you have your tickets, it’s time to wait for the twice-weekly drawings to see if your Powerball numbers come up. How do you win Powerball?
If you’ve matched all five numbers plus the Powerball number, you win the current jackpot. Congratulations! It’s important to note, however, that the Power Play multiplier doesn’t apply to jackpot wins.
According to Powerball rules, if you match five numbers but miss the Powerball, you can win $1 million (if you do not purchase Power Play) or $2 million (if you do purchase Power Play). Note that the Power Play multipliers do not apply here. Selecting Power Play just increases your win from $1 million to $2 million.
Without Power Play, four numbers plus the Powerball number wins $50,000. With Power Play, you can win between $100,000 and $250,000. Without the Powerball, matching four numbers wins between $100 and $500 — the same amount you’ll win if you match three balls and the Powerball.
Three balls by themselves, or two balls and the Powerball, wins between $7 and $35. One ball plus the Powerball or the Powerball by itself wins between $4 and $20.
If the annuity jackpot is equal to or more than $150 million, the 10x Power Play ball is removed from the drawing.
It’s always great to have options, so mark the OPTIONAL PLAYS box on your playslip for any of the following.
- Want to play the same numbers for more than one draw on a single ticket? A Multi-Draw ticket lets you play up to 26 consecutive draws on one ticket. Please keep in mind that the ticket price increases for each draw you add.
- Thinking ahead to a special date? You can buy a ticket for one future draw date. It’s called a Future draw. Mark the Optional Plays box on your playslip, and let the clerk know which future draw date you have in mind.
- Love those numbers so much you want them on more than one ticket? You can Repeat your play and have the same numbers printed on more than one ticket up to 20 times.
- Tell your clerk which option you want when you present your playslip. Keep in mind that playing in more than one draw increases the ticket price by the number of draws you choose.
You can find different VA Lottery Powerball retail locations in the Virginia Lottery app or by using the Find a Retailer tool. Download the app to scan your non-winning tickets and check out our newest Scratchers too!
US Powerball – Rules of the Game
As per the official Powerball rules, for each line you play, choose 5 main numbers from a guess range of 1 to 69 and a Powerball from 1 to 26. Once you have selected the numbers you want, your ticket for America’s biggest lottery is in!
You can also opt for the Power Play multiplier, for a small additional cost of $1.00 per line. This option can increase your winnings 2, 3, 4, or even 5 times.
If you successfully guess all the main numbers and the Powerball, then the huge jackpot is yours and you go home a BIG winner! Guessing the main numbers without the Powerball will win you the second prize, which is worth a full million.
Even Non-US Citizens Can Play Power Play
You don’t need to be a US resident to purchase Powerball tickets and opt-in for the Power Play multiplier option. Provided you’re the minimum age to play, you’re eligible for Power Play.
What’s more, tickets are available every single day of the week until the cut-off time, which is on the night of the Powerball draws, typically about two hours before the draw.
You can also play several games on a single ticket, giving you more chances to win. However, when you opt-in for Power Play, it’s just the once for $1 and applies to all your games for that draw. On the other hand, you can choose to play several upcoming draws, too, and choose the Power Play multiplier option.
PowerPlay is your chance to boost any non-jackpot prizes you win and it only costs an extra US $1 per ticket. The Power Play is drawn using a random number generator (RNG). One selection is made from a pool of 42 balls, each marked with a multiplier amount: 24 market 2x, 13 marked 3x, three marked 4x, two marked 5x, and a single 10x multiplier which is added as well if the jackpot for that draw is below US $150 million.
If you win a non-jackpot prize in the main draw, and have selected the Power Play option on your ticket, then you are guaranteed to have your prize increased according to the multiple on the ball drawn – up to an impressive 10x. The only exception to this is if you match five numbers, when the increased prize is fixed at US $2 million.
The Powerball Prizes
There are 9 prize divisions in total in the US Powerball. The top prize begins at a mouth-watering $40 million and it only goes up from there. In fact, the Powerball was the first lottery to ever pass the $1 billion threshold. In 2016, it has set the world record for the largest prize ever awarded with its $1.58 billion pot. But there are 8 more reasons for you to play Powerball. One of them is the second prize is worth a full $1 million, and if you play with the Power Play multiplier, you can make it worth $2 million. Even if you only match the Powerball number, you can still win the complimentary 9th prize, which is worth $4.00, and that can get as high as $40.00 with Power Play.
Prizes and Odds of Winning
You must match all five numbers and the PowerBall to win the jackpot, but you can win a prize even for just matching the PowerBall on its own. The table below shows how many numbers you need to match to win in each prize division, as well as the odds of winning:
|Prize Division||Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning*||Percentage of Prize Pool||Average Prizefor the past 365 days’ draws|
|1||5 + PowerBall||1 in 42,375,200||70.73%||R52,852,137.40|
|2||5||1 in 2,230,274||5.19%||R208,577.63|
|3||4 + PowerBall||1 in 188,334||3.25%||R18,014.30|
|4||4||1 in 9,912||5.51%||R1,082.59|
|5||3 + PowerBall||1 in 4,280||6.23%||R513.57|
|6||3||1 in 225||5.19%||R22.28|
|7||2 + PowerBall||1 in 299||3.9%||R21.91|
|8||1 + PowerBall||1 in 57||Fixed R15||R15.00|
|9||PowerBall Only||1 in 35||Fixed R10||R10.00|
The prizes in the eighth and ninth division are fixed at R15 and R10 respectively. The prizes in the upper seven divisions are pari-mutuel, meaning each division receives a percentage of the total Prize Pool. Fixed prizes are paid out first, with the remainder of the Prize Pool divided between the seven other divisions according to the percentages in the table. The value of a prize in these divisions can vary, depending on how many winners there are and how much money is in the Prize Pool.
Do you think you’ve won a PowerBall prize? Visit the How to Claim page to find out more about claiming prizes, whether you played online, with your bank or through a retailer.
The Odds of Winning the US Powerball
Since the US Powerball is the most popular lottery in America and the entire world, there are millions of players who try their luck with every single draw. This ensures that the game’s jackpot reaches the tremendous amounts it has become well-known for.
While the odds of scoring the huge jackpot are quite difficult to beat with odds of 1 in 292 million, this fabulous prize is well worth trying because there is nothing like it out there in the lottery world. To stand any chance of winning the lottery, you’ve got to play it. So, submit your ticket and you could be that 1 in 292 million who takes home the fabulous Powerball jackpot.
More Ways to Play Powerball
PowerHit increases your chances of winning a Powerball game by automatically playing every possible Powerball number – you are guaranteed the winning Powerball number! There are 20 Powerballs, so each standard Powerhit game is the equivalent of 20 games. Like a Systems entry, Powerhit gives you more chances to win multiple prize divisions. Quickpick is available, as are PowerHit System entries.Powerball PowerHit Prize Table.
System entries allow the player to select more than 7 numbers in each game. System entries can be played with 8 to 20 numbers selected in one game! The chance of hitting the Jackpot is boosted, and multiple system prizes may be won.Powerball Systems Prize Table.
A Pick entry guarantees the player, either 1 or 2 winning numbers. This may improve the chance of winning a prize.Powerball Pick Entry Prize Table.
A Syndicate is a group of players that play Powerball together. Their funds are pooled to pay for entries, and winnings go into the prize pool, shared by all. This is a great way to increase your chance at winning the Jackpot, but you do have to share.
Powerball also offers Advance and Multi-week Entries, which allow the player to enter Powerball draws up to 10 weeks in advance, with their regular numbers or via a quickpick.
How to Play
USA Powerball draws take place twice a week in Florida. They are held at 22:59 Eastern Time on Wednesdays and Saturdays – see the on this page for the draw schedule according to South Africa local time. To take part, you must select five main numbers between 1 and 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. It costs $2 per board to play.
Playing from South Africa
Tickets are only available to buy from retailers in 45 states in the USA, plus the jurisdictions of Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. However, you can also play online from South Africa and other countries by following the steps below:
- Go to the Buy Tickets page and select USA Powerball
- Choose your numbers or select a Quick Pick on as many boards as you want to play
- Select whether to enter a single draw or multiple draws
- Select ‘Add To Cart’ and pay for your purchase.
If it is your first time, you will be guided through how to set up an online account. Your numbers will be safely stored online and you will be notified automatically if you are a winner, with prizes paid straight into your account.
When you buy a Powerball ticket, you can also add Power Play for an extra $1 per line. If you win any prize except the jackpot, it will be multiplied by 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x its original amount if you have selected the Power Play option. The multiplier is determined by a number that is randomly selected in the Power Play draw that takes place alongside the main game.
The 10x Power Play is not available once the jackpot exceeds $150 million. The second prize of $1 million is always doubled to $2 million regardless of which Power Play multiplier is in play.
The table below shows the odds of each Power Play multiplier being selected. The odds differ slightly depending on whether the 10x multiplier is available.
|Multiplier||Odds with 10x||Odds without 10x|
|10x||1 in 43||N/A|
|5x||1 in 21.5||1 in 21|
|4x||1 in 14.33||1 in 14|
|3x||1 in 3.31||1 in 3.23|
|2x||1 in 1.79||1 in 1.75|
Power Play may not always be available to players entering online from outside the USA.
The Secondary Prizes in the Powerball
If you don’t manage to win the incredible top Powerball prize, there are some fabulous secondary prizes that you can look forward to. The US Powerball offers a total of 9 prize divisions, including the jackpot.
Matching all of the main numbers, but not the Powerball, earns players a fabulous $1 million prize. The next prize tier is worth $50,000 and it goes to players who match 4 of the 5 main numbers with the Powerball.
Remember that the second prize in the Powerball can reach $2 million and the third prize can reach $100,000, $150,000, $200,000, $250,000, or even $500,000 for winners playing the Power Play option.
As for the following prize divisions (4th to 9th), they are worth $100.00 and less, but they will provide players with an excellent incentive to keep playing this fabulous lottery. They will also be increased by the Power Play multiplier, which makes it well worth trying out.
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To play Powerball, start by selecting 5 numbers between 1 and 69, which will be the white balls in the drawing, and 1 number between 1 and 26, which will be the red ball. Then, after the drawing, compare the numbers you chose to the winning numbers. If all of your numbers match, including all the white balls and the red ball, you win the jackpot! However, you can still win smaller prizes even if only some of your numbers match. For example, if you match the red ball and 3 of the white balls, you win $100 USD! To learn how to tell if you won other prizes based on the numbers you chose, keep reading!
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Prizes and Odds of Winning
You win prizes by matching the numbers you picked to the winning ones drawn. There are fixed prizes in eight of the nine divisions, so you know exactly how much you will receive. The only prize that changes is the jackpot, which starts at a minimum of $40 million (approximately R560 million) and rolls over to the next draw when it is not won. The jackpot is shared if there are multiple winners.
The following table shows the prizes you can win, what they’re worth with each of the Power Play multipliers, and the odds of winning:
|Prize Division||Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning||Prize||With 2x Power Play||With 3x Power Play||With 4x Power Play||With 5x Power Play||With 10x Power Play|
|1||5 + Powerball||1 in 292,201,338||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot|
|2||5||1 in 11,688,054||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million|
|3||4 + Powerball||1 in 913,129||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|4||4||1 in 36,525||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|5||3 + Powerball||1 in 14,494||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|6||3||1 in 580||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|7||2 + Powerball||1 in 701||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|8||1 + Powerball||1 in 92||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|9||0 + Powerball||1 in 38||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
USA Powerball prizes are subject to differing levels of tax depending on where you play the game. For players in the USA, a federal tax of at least 24 percent is withheld on any prize greater than $5,000, while some states also withhold their own tax on winnings. If you play the game from South Africa, you could also be taxed on Powerball prizes. Go to the Taxes page for more information.
The Powerball Jackpot
Over the years, the US Powerball lottery has established itself as the leader in the lottery world due to its enormous jackpots. It holds the world record for the largest jackpot ever awarded in a lottery game, with a massive prize of $1.58 BILLION, reached on January 13th, 2016.
The most important thing to know about the Powerball jackpot is that for each draw that does not have a jackpot winner, the amount rolls over and increases without any cap. There is no established prize limit for the first prize, so it can go up many times over.
As such, if there are no players claiming the jackpot, it will get bigger and bigger until one or more lucky players finally match the 5 main numbers and Powerball. This has made the Powerball lottery popular with players all over the world because everyone wants a share of the enormous prizes in America’s biggest lottery.
We’ve gathered a few of the most frequently asked questions about the US Powerball, along with the answers to them. Take a look!
How do you play the Powerball lottery?
To play Powerball, you have to choose 5 main numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26. You have to choose a different set of numbers for each line you want to play.
Do you win with just the Powerball?
Yes, you can win a prize in the US Powerball by only matching the Powerball number. With this, you qualify for the 9th prize category, which amounts to $4.00.
How late can I buy Powerball tickets?
You can buy your Powerball tickets up until the cutoff time, which is 22:00 EAST. When you play Powerball online, you can set to receive notifications about upcoming draws or you can set up subscriptions to never miss a draw.
Do you have to be a US citizen to play Powerball?
No, you do not have to be a US citizen to play Powerball. As per the official rules of the game, there is no citizenship restriction regarding participation.
How many draws is a Powerball ticket good for?
Each Powerball ticket can be used for one draw only. The number selection on the ticket will be compared to the drawn numbers from that day.
Do the Powerball numbers need to be in order?
No, there is no specific order that the Powerball numbers must be in. You only have to match the drawn main numbers and Powerball to qualify for the prizes in the game. However, the main numbers and the Powerball are not interchangeable as they come with separate guess ranges.
Do Quick picks ever win the lottery?
Yes, there are many Powerball jackpot winners who have won their fortunes by playing with random combinations of numbers. Probably the best-known example is Gloria MacKenzie, who was 85 at the time of her win. She scooped $590 million back in 2013 on a Quick Pick ticket that she bought after a good Samaritan let her cut in line at the lottery retailer’s office. Sometimes winning is fate!
Now that you know how Powerball works, it is high time you join the lottery players community and play Powerball online!
Find out more about PowerBall in the frequently asked questions below. Visit the general FAQs page for more information about playing lotteries in South Africa.
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+ What time does the draw take place?
The winning PowerBall numbers are drawn at approximately 21:00 every Tuesday and Friday.
+ How much does it cost to play?
PowerBall costs R5 per board and PowerBall Plus costs an additional R2.50 to play.
+ When was the first PowerBall draw?
PowerBall was introduced in 2009 by then-lottery operator Gidani as another opportunity for players to win multi-million rand prizes. The first draw took place on 23rd October that year, with a R30 million jackpot on offer – which was won that very draw.
+ What is the biggest ever jackpot?
The record for the highest ever PowerBall jackpot was set in February 2019, when a man from Capetown matched all five main numbers and the PowerBall to win R232 million. He chose to remain anonymous; the only information revealed about the winner was that he was a man in his fifties who worked in a blue collar job.
Types of Lottery Services
There are two types of online lottery services. The first is a messenger service which employs a specialist secure courier to buy the ticket on your behalf. A small fee is charged to buy the ticket but there are no commissions on any prizes whatsoever.
The second type of lottery service is where you bet on the outcome of the Powerball lottery. The odds, prizes and most importantly of all, the jackpot, are exactly the same. Large jackpots are covered by using sophisticated insurance models. The cost of the ticket is often exactly the same as the face value of the real Powerball ticket. Again, there are no commissions on any of your winnings. Whatever you win you get to keep all of it.
Pick the Best Play Format for You
When you play Powerball online on theLotter, you can expand your lottery experience with some advanced play formats. These will exponentially increase your chances of winning the Powerball, which makes them worth your attention. Here are the main formats you can try online:
Syndicates – Playing a Powerball syndicate means joining a group of registered players just like you. A syndicate includes a large number of tickets and the total price is divided into equal shares that you can buy. This means that you can have a lot of tickets in the game without making a colossal investment. If one or more tickets in the group have the winning numbers for Powerball prizes, the payout will be divided between the members of the syndicate according to the shares that they have purchased. For example, if a syndicate has a total of 100 shares, then the amount of the prize will be divided into 100. Another advantage is that you don’t have to do anything to organize a syndicate when playing Powerball online with theLotter.
Bundles – If you thought it couldn’t get any better than this, let us tell you about bundles! These allow you to boost your odds of winning even more than syndicates do. Bundles are a great combination of a standard play and a syndicate. They always feature an individual ticket and at least one syndicate share. With bundles, you have multiple package choices, depending on the number of syndicate shares they include: Classic, Deluxe, and Premium.
Systematic Forms – On theLotter, you can play Powerball with every possible combination of 6 to 10 of your lucky numbers. This means that you will go into the game with a lot of tickets and a higher chance of scooping a prize. If you match even some of the winning numbers, you will have them on several tickets, which means that you can win more prizes. With systematic forms, you get your very own Powerball multiplier. If you also add Power Play to your tickets, you can boost your winnings through the roof.
Power Play Prizes
The table below shows how much your prize could be multiplied by in the additional Power Play game, which can be entered for an extra US$1:
|Prize Tier||Base Prize Amount||Power Play x2||Power Play x3||Power Play x4||Power Play x5||Power Play x10|
|Match 5 + Power Play||Jackpot|
|Match 4 + Powerball + Power Play||$1 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million|
|Match 4 + Power Play||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|Match 3 + Powerball + Power Play||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|Match 3 + Power Play||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|Match 2 + Powerball + Power Play||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|Match 1 + Powerball + Power Play||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|Match Powerball + Power Play||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|*A Power Play Match 5 prize will be set at $2,000,000 regardless of the Power Play number drawn.|
Power Play odds when 10x Multiplier is in Place (Jackpot Worth US$150 Million or Less):
|Power Play Multiplier||Odds|
|10x||1 in 43|
|5x||1 in 21.5|
|4x||1 in 14.33|
|3x||1 in 3.31|
|2x||1 in 1.79|
Power Play odds when 10x Multiplier is not in Place (Jackpot Worth More than US$150 Million):
|Power Play Multiplier||Odds|
|5x||1 in 21|
|4x||1 in 14|
|3x||1 in 3.23|
|2x||1 in 1.75|
Can I play Powerball in the UK
Yes. There are a number of online providers which allow you to play Powerball from the UK. Some use a concierge service where a person in the USA will go out and physically buy your ticket for you. That ticket will then be scanned and put into your account online so you can see that it has been bought. Others will take a “bet” from you against that lottery. No ticket is physically purchased but you will be paid out the same as if you had actually bought the ticket (the betting companies take out expensive insurance to cover the eventuality of somebody winning). Both types of company are heavily regulated to make sure they will pay out, so your entry money is safe.
How to Play Powerball
Powerball draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday evening, with players required to select five main numbers between 1 and 69 and one Powerball from 1 to 26.
There is also the option to select Power Play for an additional fee. A Power Play number of either 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 is drawn before the main game and non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by that amount. The exception is the second-tier prize of US$1 million, which is capped at US$2 million no matter which multiplier is drawn. The 10x Power Play can only be selected when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less.
Players can win prizes just by matching the Powerball, while the jackpot is given away if anyone matches all five main numbers plus the Powerball. The top prize starts at $40 million and rolls over when it is not won.
U.S. players can buy tickets from retailers in authorised participating states or, in certain states, take part online. Powerball fans from outside the U.S. are able to win all the same prizes by choosing numbers online through sites such as Jackpot.com. Rather than buying tickets, it is a case of betting on the results, and you just have to select your game, pick your numbers and decide how many lines to enter.
Prizes & Odds
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million, but the chances of winning any prize are 1 in 24.87. Here are the odds of winning in each of the nine prize tiers, plus details of how the Power Play multipliers (x2, x3, x4, x5 and x10) can increase your payout.
|Matched||Odds of Winning||Prize||x2||x3||x4||x5||x10*|
|5 main numbers + Powerball||1 in 292,201,338||Jackpot||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|5 main numbers||1 in 11,688,054||$1 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million|
|4 main numbers + Powerball||1 in 913,129||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|4 main numbers||1 in 36,525||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|3 main numbers + Powerball||1 in 14,494||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|3 main numbers||1 in 580||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|2 main numbers + Powerball||1 in 701||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|1 main number + Powerball||1 in 92||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|Powerball only||1 in 38||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|Approx. overall odds of winning a prize: 1 in 25|
*The Power Play x 10 only applies when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less.
History & Biggest Jackpots
Powerball was first drawn in April 1992, having developed from an earlier game called Lotto*America. More states joined over the years and in 2010 Powerball and Mega Millions reached an agreement in which state lotteries could offer tickets for both games as opposed to one or the other.
Jackpots were originally only paid as an annuity spread over 20 years, but in 1997 that changed to 25 years and the option was added to take a reduced cash lump sum. The annuity currently stands at 30 payments over 29 years.
Powerball often creates huge jackpots, the biggest of which was $1.58 billion, shared by David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith (claiming under the Nickel 95 Trust) from Florida, Tennessee’s John and Lisa Robinson, and Marvin and Mae Acosta from California, on Wednesday 13th January 2016. Each of the winning tickets received $528.8 million, or a cash payment of $327.8 million.
Another record was set on 23rd August 2017, this time for the largest jackpot won on a single ticket, when Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts scooped $758.7 million. She came forward the very next day, having already quit her job as a hospital worker.
The Powerball PowerPlay Multiplier
For a very low extra cost, you can play Powerball with the Power Play multiplier. Let us tell you how the multiplier works! All you have to do is check the Power Play option on your ticket and you will be on your way to getting bigger prizes.
During the Powerball draw, lottery officials also draw a random number from 2 to 5, which will be the multiplier for that draw. If you have the multiplier option on your ticket, your winnings will be increased by the number of times indicated by the Powerball PowerPlay number.
Please note that according to Powerball rules, the multiplier does not apply to the US Powerball jackpot. Even the second prize in the Powerball lottery, which is worth $1,000,000, can only be doubled for winners who have played Power Play on their ticket.
However, all other secondary prizes can be increased 2, 3, 4, or even 5 times, depending on that draw’s multiplier. Additionally, when the US Powerball jackpot is lower than $150 MILLION, secondary prizes (except the $1 million second prize) can be increased 10 times.