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.
Big Lottery Service Winners
There are plenty of examples of people winning lotteries from different countries having used an online lottery service.
In May 2016 Matthias from Berlin won a staggering €22 million after betting on the outcome of Germany’s 6aus49 lottery. The 39-year-old IT consultant didn’t tell anyone for weeks as he couldn’t believe how much he had won. He’s now happily retired.
In February 2016, a winner from Cornwall, Ontario won US $1 million on Powerball using The Lotter, an online lottery messenger service. ‘P’ as he is known, was out watching his son play hockey when the draw happened only checking his numbers later that night to find out he was a winner. ‘P’ took the first flight out to New Jersey to collect his prize in person.
Back in 2012, two overseas players shared US $1.25 million won in the US, and in 2015, a player from Iraq claimed US $6.4 million on the Oregon Lottery. All three played using online lottery messenger services, and all three received the prize money they were entitled to — along with anonymity for the men from Iraq and Ontario.
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.
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.
Power Play is an add-on feature that allows players to multiply their non-jackpot prizes, for just $1 more per play! With Power Play, players can win $2 million for matching the five white balls or multiply his/her other non-jackpot prizes two to five times when the advertised jackpot is over $150 million, and up to 10 times when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less. A player must choose the Power Play option on his/her POWERBALL playslip or tell the retailer that he/she wishes to purchase a Power Play ticket. The multiplier number will be selected just before the draw.
($1) POWER PLAY
On Jackpots upto $150 million
|5 of 5 + PB||*$20,000,000||1:292,201,338||—||—||—||—||—|
|5 of 5||$1,000,000||1:11,688,053.52||$2,000,000||$2,000,000||$2,000,000||$2,000,000||$2,000,000|
|4 of 5 + PB||$50,000||1:913,129.18||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|4 of 5||$100||1:36,525.17||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|3 of 5 + PB||$100||1:14,494.11||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|3 of 5||$7||1:579.76||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|2 of 5 + PB||$7||1:701.33||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|1 of 5 + PB||$4||1:91.98||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
*Jackpots start at $20 million and roll over until won. The jackpot prize will be shared among jackpot winners in all POWERBALL states. All non-jackpot prizes are set payouts. If funds are insufficient to pay set prizes, non-jackpot prizes maybe paid on a pari-mutuel basis and could be lower than the amount shown.
How to Win
Prior to the official POWERBALL drawing conducted by MUSL, a Power Play multiplier number (between 2 and 5; 10 is included when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less) is selected and will be displayed during the draw, in which five out of 69 numbers (white balls) and a Powerball number between 1 and 26 (red ball) will be drawn at random. There are nine ways to win POWERBALL prizes by matching the winning numbers drawn in the official drawing for the date played. Match all five numbers plus the Powerball to win the jackpot or match any of the non-jackpot-winning combinations to win other great cash prizes!
All POWERBALL prizes are set payouts, except the jackpot. The jackpot prize will be shared among winners in all POWERBALL states. The jackpot will be paid in 30 annual payments or a one-time cash payment of a reduced amount. If there is no jackpot winner, the money in the jackpot pool rolls over to the next POWERBALL drawing.
All POWERBALL prizes must be claimed in the state where the ticket was purchased. POWERBALL prizes must be claimed within 180 days after the winning drawing date. Federal income taxes will be withheld from POWERBALL prizes as required by the Internal Revenue Code at the time payments are made. Any additional federal, state and/or local taxes shall be the responsibility of the winner. Prizes of up to $1 million may be claimed at a Florida Lottery district office. Prizes of more than $1 million must be claimed at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. Read more about claiming Lottery prizes.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 EST. 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!
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|