Powerball Game

Powerball

Latest Result

18 Oct 2021
2 19 21 62 66
Powerball 7
$73 Million

Current Jackpot

$73 Million

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In a Word

Powerball may as well be a synonym for “wealth”. Its jackpots, which have in the past exceeded $1 billion, frequently hit the multimillions and are the reason for the game’s continued success. With twice-weekly draws and a reasonable ticket cost thrown into the mix, you know you’ve got a game on your hands.

Vital Powerball Information

Cost per Powerball ticket

Local $2
Online $2-4.99

*+ $1 for the Power Play option

*Playing through a third-party retailer may cost more to cover administration costs

Draw Days Wed & Sat
Draw Time 10:59pm EST
Sales Stop 10pm EST

Jackpot Size

Starting **Variable
Maximum Uncapped
*Supplementary Games

Power Play

It’s not always guaranteed that these supplementary games will be available when purchasing tickets through third-party retailers.

*Starting jackpot is variable

Currently there is no guaranteed starting jackpot. It's dependent on the ticket sales and interest rates.

Odds and Prizes

The overall odds, jackpot odds and the number of ways to win a prize for the Powerball (US) draw can be found below.

Overall Odds 1 in 24.87
Ways to Win 9
Jackpot Odds 1 in 292,201,338

How To Play At A Glance

Important Info

Legal age to play

18+

Prize Claim Period

Up to 365 Days

Prize Tax Requirements

Yes

Country of Origin

United States of America

Operator

Multi-State Lottery Association

Can Winners Remain Anonymous?

Yes and no

Can Syndicates Play?

Yes

Advance Draws

Yes and no

Likes and Dislikes

How To Play Powerball

Main Draw

Pick five main numbers from 1-69, and one number from 1-26 for the red Powerball.

Choose your Numbers

Choose the numbers yourself or choose the Quick Pick option to have them randomly selected for you.

Lines

Up to five lines of numbers can be selected on a single retail ticket. You can select up to 10 lines of numbers when playing through official state lottery websites.

Multiple Draws

Some states offer the option to play multiple drawings in advance. Most third-party retailers offer this option, too.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

The below table shows the full range of Powerball prizes, the number matches required to win, as well as the odds of winning. The odds are fixed, so they don't change from draw to draw. Except for the jackpot, all prizes are fixed, too.

Match Prize Odds
5 + PB Jackpot 1 in 292,201,338
5 $1,000,000 1 in 11,688,053.52
4 + PB $50,000 1 in 913,129.18
4 $100 1 in 36,525.17
3 + PB $100 1 in 14,494.11
3 $7 1 in 579.76
2 + PB $7 1 in 701.33
1 + PB $4 1 in 91.98
PB $4 1 in 38.32

How to Play Power Play

Players have the option to add Power Play to their ticket for an additional $1. It gives players from all states except California (where lottery prizes must be pari-mutuel) the chance to multiply any non-jackpot prize.

Mark the Power Play option at the bottom of each line of numbers on your ticket to take part. Those playing online through official lottery sites select “Yes” or “No” when asked if they want to add Power Play, and those entering through third-party retailers do the same.

Prizes and Odds for Power Play

Power Play balls are drawn separately from the main balls and are 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x and 10x. The Match 5 prize is doubled from $1 million to $2 million with the Power Play option, and all other non-jackpot prizes are multiplied based on the number drawn.

The 10x multiplier is only available when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less. Power Play winnings are paid out as a lump sum.

Match Original Prize 2x 3x 4x 5x 10x
5 + PB Jackpot Jackpot Jackpot Jackpot Jackpot Jackpot
5 $1,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000
4 + PB $50,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $500,000
4 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
3 + PB $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
3 $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
2 + PB $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
1 + PB $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
PB $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40

Payment Options

Powerball jackpot winners can receive their prize as an annuity payment (30 instalments over 29 years) or as a reduced, one-off lump sum payment. All other prizes are paid out as a lump sum.

"30 instalments or one-off lump sum payment"

The prize-claim process will depend on how much money you have won and whether you purchased your ticket at a retail outlet, online, or via a third-party retailer. Regardless, the prize must be claimed in the jurisdiction in which you purchased your ticket.

In-Store

You can usually claim a prize of up to $600 from any licensed lottery retailer. Prizes over $600 require you to complete a claim form, and can be claimed at some lottery offices or, if it’s a larger amount, at state lottery headquarters.

You are advised to contact the lottery in the state where you purchased your ticket if you are unsure of how to claim your prize.

Online State Lottery

Prizes of up to $5,000 will usually be paid directly into your online account and you will not be required to complete a claim form.

If you win over $5,000, you will receive an email from the state lottery operator advising you to visit their headquarters to claim your prize.

Third-Party Retailer

If you play through a third-party retailer and win, it is advised that you contact their customer support team for information on how to claim your prize.

Powerball History

  • February 1988

    • The first Powerball draw takes place under the name Lotto*America.
  • April 1992

    • Lotto*America rebrands to Powerball and becomes the first lottery to use two drums to draw numbers.
    • The game format changes to 5/45 + 1/45, and the jackpot starts at $2 million.
    • The first Powerball draw takes place on 22nd April.
  • November 1997

    • The game format changes to 5/49 + 1/42, and the starting jackpot is raised to $10 million.
    • The annuity for jackpot winners is increased from 20 years to 29 years, and a lump sum cash option is added.
  • March 2001

    • The Power Play feature is added to Powerball drawings via a wheel with 12 multiplier slots (ranging from 1x to 5x) up for grabs.
  • October 2002

    • Game format changes, this time to 5/53 + 1/42. The jackpot still starts at $10 million, but the Power Play wheel is expanded to 15 slots.

  • August 2005

    • This time, the matrix is set at 5/55 + 1/42, while the starting jackpot is increased to $15 million.
    • Another slot is also added to the Power Play wheel, taking the total to 16.
  • January 2009

    • The game format is changed to 5/59 + 1/39 taking the odds of winning the jackpot to roughly 1 in 195 million rather than 1 in 146 million. Overall odds are now 1 in 35.
    • The starting jackpot is raised to $20 million.
    • Power Play is selected using a random number generator instead of a wheel.
  • January 2012

    • The New Year brings in a new game format, this time 5/59 + 1/35.
    • The minimum jackpot is now $40 million, and a Match 5 prize is $1 million.
  • October 2015

    • The game format is changed to its current configuration, 5/69 + 1/26. This reduces the overall odds to 1 in 24.87 but jackpot odds are now 1 in 292,201,338.
    • The 4+1 prize is now $50,000.
    • 10x Power Play multiplier is made available for the first time on jackpots under $150 million.
  • January 2016

    • Powerball sets the world record for the largest jackpot prize, which hit $1.586 billion and was shared between three players.
  • March 2020

    • The starting jackpot is set to $20 million.
    • Minimum roll increase between drawings is set to $2 million.
  • April 2020

    • The guaranteed starting jackpot and minimum jackpot roll increase between draws have been removed. Both now depend on ticket sales and interest rates.

FAQs

Who operates Powerball, and where do the draws take place?

The Multi-State Lottery Association is the game’s official operator, and draws are usually held at the Florida Lottery’s headquarters in Tallahassee.

How much does a Powerball ticket cost?

$2 per ticket when bought in the USA. Players can also select the Power Play option for an additional $1 to multiply non-jackpot prizes.

How much does a Powerball ticket cost online?

$2 if purchased through an official state lottery operator’s website (where available).

If you purchase your ticket through a reliable third-party retailer, they tend to cost a bit more. This is to cover administration fees.

These retailers may also require a specified number of lines to be played to place an order.

How old do I have to be to play the Powerball?

The minimum age is 18 in all participating states except Arizona, Iowa and Louisiana, where it’s 21, and Nebraska, where it’s 19.

Those playing online through a third-party retailer may have to be 18+.

Can I play Powerball if I don’t live in the USA?

Yes, but you will have to purchase your ticket online via a third-party retailer.

You can visit the USA and purchase a Powerball ticket yourself, but you’ll have to revisit the same jurisdiction to claim your prize if you win.

Why should I play Powerball?

It is a very easy game to play and it has an unlimited jackpot that regularly hits $300 million+.

How do I play Powerball?

Simply pick five numbers from 1-69 from the white balls and one number from 1 to 26 from the red Powerball. The amount you win depends on the number of balls you match.

You also have the option to add Power Play to each line.

What is Power Play?

Power Play multiplies the lower prize divisions. The Power Play ball is selected ahead of the main draw to determine the multiplier. The Power Play balls are: 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x and 10x. The 10x multiplier is only available on jackpots of $150 million or less.

Power Play is available in all states except California.

Why is Power Play not available in California?

California law states that all lottery prizes must be pari-mutuel, which means they are determined by the number of tickets purchased and the number of winners in each prize tier. The Power Play option cannot be added to pari-mutuel prizes.

How many numbers do I need to match to win a prize?

Just the Powerball to win $4. Match three white numbers and you will win $7.

The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.87.

What are the odds of winning the jackpot?

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.

Is there a minimum jackpot?

During these special times there is no minimum guaranteed starting jackpot for the Powerball game.

What is the largest Powerball win to date?

Powerball holds the record for the largest lottery jackpot in history, which hit $1.586 billion in January 2016.

The prize was won by three ticket holders: John and Lisa Robinson from Tennessee, David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith from Florida, and Marvin and Mae Acosta from California. Each received $528.8 million before taxes.

Jackpot prizes can be paid as a cash lump sum or as an annuity.

What is the difference between an annuity and a cash lump sum?

Jackpot winners accepting their prize as an annuity will receive 30 instalments over 29 years. Alternatively, they can accept a reduced one-off payment known as a lump sum.

Can Powerball winners remain anonymous?

It depends on the state in which you purchased your winning ticket. More often than not, players are required to go public with their jackpot wins.

Do US residents pay tax on winnings?

Yes. Lottery winnings are subject to federal and state taxes, and sometimes local taxes, too.

Do non-US residents pay tax on winnings?

Non-US players will also have to pay federal and state taxes and may incur additional taxes in their country of residence.

We recommend speaking to a trusted financial adviser about this in the event of a big win.

How long do I have to claim my prize?

It varies from state to state, ranging from 90 days to 365. If you bought a ticket in-store, the claim period should be printed on the back of your ticket.