How Does US Powerball Work?
In US Powerball, you pick:
- five numbers (i.e. the white balls) from a selection pool consisting of 1-69, and
- one number (i.e. the red ball) from a selection pool of 1-25
Take note that the red ball can be the same number as one of the white balls. You can pick numbers manually or via a Quick Pick option – which means you let a system randomly pick the numbers for you.
Winning numbers are drawn at 10:59pm every Wednesday and Saturday at Universal Studios in Florida.
Two drums, one containing the white balls, and the other containing the red balls, are used to randomly select the winning numbers. Matching all 6 numbers awards you the jackpot, while matching 5 gives you the 2nd place prize category, and so on.
Each ticket line costs $1, but some online lottery sites may charge higher to cover for the service of purchasing, scanning and safekeeping tickets.
The Power Play
You can also include a Power Play number in your entry.
For an additional $1 on top of the $1 per line (again, prices may vary on lottery sites), the Power Play number multiplies prizes for non-jackpot winnings by up to 5 or 10 times. The second prize with the Power Play multiplier activated, for instance, is automatically doubled to $2,000,000.
Check out the table below to see how Power Play affects each prize category.
Prize with Powerball Multiplier
|5 + 1||Grand Prize||No Multiplier – Jackpot Only|
|5 + 0||$1,000,000||$2,000,000||$2,000,000||$2,000,000||$2,000,000||$2,000,000|
|4 + 1||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|3 + 1||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|2 + 1||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|1 + 1||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|0 + 1||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
The Odds of Winning
Winning the Powerball isn’t easy, especially when it comes to the jackpot.
Check out the table below for a quick reference.
|Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning|
|5 +1||1 in 292,201,338.00|
|5||1 in 11,688,053.52|
|4 + 1||1 in 913,129.18|
|4||1 in 36,525.17|
|3 + 1||1 in 14,494.11|
|3||1 in 579.76|
|2 + 1||1 in 701.33|
|1 + 1||1 in 91.98|
|0 + 1||1 in 38.32|
What Happens if You Win?
Powerball jackpots are split between anyone who has a winning lottery ticket, while all other prizes are of a fixed amount. That said, non-jackpot prizes could be reduced if the number of winners exceed the lottery operator’s prize fund.
Winners have the option to choose whether to collect their payment as an annuity paid over a 29-year period, or as a lump sum.
Winners have a year to claim their prize. Otherwise, the money often goes to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, which funnels the money to charity. This won’t always be the case, though, as each MUSL member has different rules that dictate what happens to unclaimed prizes.
Powerball ticket price is $2 per play and additional $1 for PowerPlay. You can purchase ticket from above play now link. This is the cost when you go to the lottery office and purchase ticket from there. But if you are buying ticket online then you need to pay a little extra amount for your ticket because online website handle all the travel cost and service on behalf of you. A little extra money will make you free from the headache of going to lottery office and wait in the queue.
Ways to win Powerball
There are 9 ways you can win a prize. Here is the full list:-
- Match 5 white balls + 1 Power Ball (PB)
- Match 5 white balls
- Match 4 white balls + 1 PB
- Match 4 white balls
- Match 3 white balls + 1 PB
- Match 3 white balls
- Match 2 white balls + 1 PB
- Match 1 white ball + 1 PB
- Match only PB
Matching number order does not matter in Powerball. First five numbers can be matched in any order. But red Powerball number must be matched separately.
What is Multi-Draw in Powerball?
Multi-Draw gives you an option to buy tickets for upcoming 26 draws. You have the choice to choose for how many draws you want to play with your number. This is very useful when you don’t have time to buy tickets on some days like birthday, anniversary, or party, etc.
What is Cash amount in Powerball?
The cash amount is a lump sum amount that you will get at the time of the claim if you choose the cash option. It is approximately 60% of the advertised jackpot.