Powerball Lottery Tickets
Powerball is one of the biggest lotteries in the world, offering a jackpot which regularly runs into hundreds of millions of dollars. It is played in 44 states in the USA, as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. You can also enter online from locations around the world
Draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 22:59 Eastern Time, with ticket sales closing shortly before this time. To play Powerball, you have to choose five numbers from a range of 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from a pool of 26. You can either select your own numbers or opt for a Quick Pick if you want to have a random selection.
The Power Play is an optional add-on to the main game that can increase any non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times their original value. A random multiplier – 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x – will be selected alongside each draw to determine how much Power Play prizes will be boosted by.
The 10x option only applies when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less. If you win in the second tier – by matching five main numbers – your $1 million prize will be automatically doubled to $2 million regardless of which multiplier is selected.
You win prizes by matching the numbers you select to the numbers drawn. If you match all five main numbers and the Powerball, you win the jackpot. The Powerball jackpot has a minimum value of $40 million and rolls over every time it is not won. There is no limit to how long it can roll or how high it can grow, so it can keep building until a ticket matches the full winning line.
Powerball jackpots can be paid to winners as an annuity or a lump sum. The annuity is the advertised jackpot and consists of 30 annual payments, increasing by five percent each year. It shows how much you will win if the money is invested for you by the lottery and paid out in instalments. If you opt for the lump sum, you will receive a single payout that is smaller than the advertised jackpot and represents what is available in the prize pool at the time of the drawing.
You share the jackpot if there are multiple winners, but all the other tiers offer fixed prizes, starting from $4 for matching just the Powerball and increasing in value as you match more numbers.
There are nine prize levels in Powerball, and the table below shows the numbers that need to be matched in each case, as well as the odds of doing so. The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.87.
Match |
Odds |
Prize |
5 main numbers + Powerball |
1 in 292,201,338 |
Jackpot |
5 main numbers |
1 in 11,688,053.52 |
$1 million |
4 main numbers + Powerball |
1 in 913,129.18 |
$50,000 |
4 main numbers |
1 in 36,525.16 |
$100 |
3 main numbers + Powerball |
1 in 14,494.11 |
$100 |
3 main numbers |
1 in 579.76 |
$7 |
2 main numbers + Powerball |
1 in 701.32 |
$7 |
1 main number + Powerball |
1 in 91.97 |
$4 |
Powerball only |
1 in 38.32 |
$4 |
The following table shows the odds of each Power Play number being selected, when the advertised jackpot is worth $150 million or less and the 10x multiplier is in place.
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 |
The table below shows the odds of each Power Play number being drawn when the estimated jackpot is worth than $150 million and the 10x multiplier is not available.
Power Play Multiplier |
Odds |
5x |
1 in 21 |
4x |
1 in 14 |
3x |
1 in 3.23 |
2x |
1 in 1.75 |
The biggest jackpot ever seen was $1.58 billion, which was split between three ticket holders in January 2016. John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee, Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt of Melbourne Beach, Florida, and Marvin and Mae Acosta of Chino Hills, California, all landed $528 million before taxes. All three couples chose to take the cash option, resulting in a $327.8 million windfall each.
The largest jackpot won on a single ticket was $758 million, claimed by Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts in August 2017. The third-largest prize in Powerball history was split two ways in October 2018, when Lerynne West of Iowa and Robert Bailey from New York shared $687 million.