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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
*+ $1 for the Power Play option
*Playing through a third-party retailer may cost more to cover administration costs
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.
How To Play At A Glance
Select five numbers from 1-69
Select one number from 1-26 for the red Powerball
If available, add Power Play for $1 to multiply lower prize divisions by up to 10x
Match all five numbers and the Powerball to win the jackpot
Match the Powerball to win $4, or match three white numbers to win $7
Legal age to play
If you’re playing from Arizona, Iowa and Louisiana it’s 21, and in Nebraska it’s 19. The minimum age for those playing Powerball online via a third-party retailer tends to be 18+.
Prize Claim Period
Prize claim periods vary from state to state, so make sure you know exactly how long you have to claim a prize.
Up to 365 Days
Prize Tax Requirements
The United States of America applies federal and state taxes to lottery wins, which you’ll need to clarify if you win. You may also have to pay local taxes in your country of residence.
Lotto.org always recommends consulting a trusted financial adviser in the event of a big win.
Country of Origin
Can Winners Remain Anonymous?
Each state has its own laws on winners remaining anonymous, so check what the rules are with the state or third-party retailer where you purchased your ticket.
Can Syndicates Play?
Some states allow you to play multiple drawings in advance, while others do not.
Likes and Dislikes
... You love the thrill of life-changing mega jackpots.
The simple nature of the game makes it ideal for those new to lottery, while appealing to seasoned players at the same time.
How To Play Powerball
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.
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.
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.
|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.
|5 + PB||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot|
|4 + PB||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|3 + PB||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|2 + PB||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|1 + PB||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
- The first Powerball draw takes place under the name Lotto*America.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Power Play feature is added to Powerball drawings via a wheel with 12 multiplier slots (ranging from 1x to 5x) up for grabs.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Powerball sets the world record for the largest jackpot prize, which hit $1.586 billion and was shared between three players.
- The starting jackpot is set to $20 million.
- Minimum roll increase between drawings is set to $2 million.
- The guaranteed starting jackpot and minimum jackpot roll increase between draws have been removed. Both now depend on ticket sales and interest rates.
- 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.