Powerball Lottery Tickets
Powerball is a lottery game that is played in 44 states in the USA, as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. The minimum jackpot is worth $40 million, but if nobody wins it then the top prize rolls over and will be even larger in the following draw. There are regular rollovers and the jackpot often soars well past the $250 million mark.
There are two Powerball draws every week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, giving players lots of chances to win prizes.
To play Powerball, players have to choose five numbers from a main range of 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from a choice of 26. If you match all six of these numbers you will win a jackpot or, if several people do the same, an equal share of the jackpot. Powerball jackpots can be paid to winners in 30 annual instalments, or in a single cash lump sum. The lump sum option results in a smaller total payout than instalments, as the cash option represents what is available in the prize pool at the time of the drawing.
The odds of winning any prize from a basic Powerball entry are 1 in 24.87, but if you want to multiply the size of any non-jackpot prize you can do so by adding a Power Play option to your ticket for a small additional cost. This feature multiplies a non-jackpot win by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 if you match the Power Play number that is randomly drawn after each game (the 10X option only applies when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less). Players should note that if a second-tier prize is won (by matching five main numbers) then the prize is automatically doubled no matter which Power Play ball is selected on the night. This turns a standard $1 million prize into $2 million!
The biggest jackpot ever seen in Powerball was US$590.51.58 millionbillion, which was won by a ticket holder from Florida in May 2013three 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 each claimed an equal share of the ten-figure prize. All three couples chose to take the cash option, resulting in a $327.8 million windfall each.
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:
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 |
Power Play odds for when 10x Multiplier is in Place (Jackpot Worth $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 for when 10x Multiplier is not in Place (Jackpot Worth More than $150 Million):
Power Play Multiplier |
Odds |
5x |
1 in 21 |
4x |
1 in 14 |
3x |
1 in 3.23 |
2x |
1 in 1.75 |