It’s America’s Game! Since 1992, POWERBALL® has inspired the country with a chance to become a millionaire, while raising $25 billion for good causes supported by lotteries. Powerball set a world record jackpot of $1.586 billion in January 2016. The record prize was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are broadcast live every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET from the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee. More than half of all proceeds from the sale of a Powerball ticket remain in the jurisdiction where the ticket was sold .
The Powerball jackpot grows until it is won. Players select five numbers from 1 to 69; and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. Players can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times with the Power Play® option for an additional $1 per play. NOTE: The Match 5 + Power Play prize is always $2 million. The 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less.
Powerball jackpot winners may choose to receive their prize as an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum payment. Both advertised prize options are prior to federal and jurisdictional taxes.
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.9. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.
- 50% of a ticket sale goes to fund prizes
- 35% of a ticket sale benefits the good causes supported by lotteries
- 6% of a ticket sale goes to retailer commissions
- 9% of a ticket sale goes to operating expenses
Transfer percentages vary by jurisdiction, check with your local lottery for more information.
History of Powerball
Powerball celebrated its 28th Anniversary in April 2020.
The first Powerball drawing held on April 22, 1992 had 15 participating lotteries: Delaware, District of Columbia, Iowa, Idaho, Hoosier (Indiana), Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Today, there are 48 U.S. lotteries selling the Powerball game.
In October 2015, the latest version of the Powerball game debuted with enhancements aimed at delivering bigger jackpots and more overall winners. The game matrix was changed; the number of white balls increased to 69, while the number of red balls dropped to 26. The Power Play® feature was enhanced with a 10X multiplier that is available for play whenever the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less. The Match 4 + PB prize also increased from $10 thousand to $50 thousand.
Powerball set a world record jackpot of $1.586 billion on Jan. 13, 2016. Three winning tickets in California, Florida and Tennessee shared the record prize.
Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL)
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its member lotteries. Each MUSL member offers one or more of the games administered by MUSL. All profits are retained by the individual lotteries and are used to fund projects approved by the legislature authorizing each lottery.
Select a jurisdiction below to view MUSL member information.
How to Play Powerball
To play Powerball, you must select five main numbers between 1 and 69 and one Powerball from 1 to 26. Draws take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59pm EST, and the price per line is $2. You can also add the Power Play option to your ticket for an additional $1, which will multiply any non-jackpot prizes you win by up to 10 times their original value.
Play at an Authorized Retailer
You can buy tickets from authorized retailers in any of the participating jurisdictions. The game is available in 45 states, as well as Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. It is easy to take part, and you just have to follow the steps below:
How To Fill Out A Ticket
Follow our step-by-step guide below to find out how to fill out your Powerball ticket when playing in-store. You can also use Quick Picks to help you decide on your number if you would prefer.
Visit the retailer of your choice and pick up a playslip.
Select five numbers from 1 to 69, plus one Powerball between 1 and 26. Alternatively, opt for a Quick Pick to have them randomly generated for you.
Decide whether to add the Power Play option.
Choose to enter just the next draw or multiple consecutive draws.
Pay for your ticket and keep it safe until the draw.
You can purchase tickets without being a resident of the state in which you are playing, but you must be the minimum age to play, which varies by state. Go to the Rules page to find out about the age restrictions in different states.
You can buy tickets seven days a week until the cut-off time on the night of the drawings. The cut-off time for ticket sales varies in each jurisdiction but is typically one to two hours before each draw.
You can also enter several games on one ticket, giving you multiple chances of winning. There is a section on your playslip where you can select how many draws you wish to enter. Just mark the relevant box to specify how many consecutive draws you would like to play. The maximum number of draws you can enter in advance varies from state to state.
Each Powerball line costs $2, but the total price of your ticket will depend on how many games you play, how many consecutive draws you enter and whether you have added the Power Play option.
How to Play Powerball with Power Play
Power Play is an optional add-on that costs an extra $1 per game. For example, if you want to enter just one line of Powerball numbers with Power Play, it will cost $3. To add it to your ticket, just select the Power Play box on your playslip. It is available in all participating jurisdictions apart from California.
If you win a prize with Power Play, any non-jackpot winnings on your Powerball ticket are multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 (the 10x Power Play multiplier is only available when the jackpot is an estimated $150 million or less). The only exception is the ‘Match 5’ prize, which is always doubled to $2 million, regardless of the Power Play number drawn.
The multiplier is selected at random just before each drawing. Go to the prizes page to see the expected payouts when you opt in to Power Play.
You must claim any Powerball prizes in the state in which your ticket was purchased. In general, you can claim a prize of up to $600 from any licensed lottery retailer. Above that value, the rules for claiming a Powerball prize differ by state but it is likely that you will need to visit a local lottery office or headquarters. Find out more about how to collect your money on the How to Claim Winnings page.
If you played online, prizes are paid directly into your player account. You can then withdraw the funds or use them to enter future draws.
How to Play Online
Powerball tickets are available over the internet in some of the participating jurisdictions, and you can also take part in the game from overseas by choosing numbers online. Follow these steps to get started:
Create an account. Select any of the ‘Pick Numbers’ banners on Powerball.net. You will then be able to set up an online account.
Pick your numbers. You can select your own numbers вЂ“ five main numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball from 1 to 26 вЂ“ or use the ‘Quick Pick’ option to have a random selection picked for you.
Confirm your purchase. Once you are happy with your numbers, select the вЂAdd to CartвЂ™ button and pay for your entries.
Check the results. The latest numbers are available on Powerball.net soon after each draw. Visit the Numbers page for more information.
Email notification. If you win a prize, you will receive an email with the details. You can also check in your online lottery account to see if you are a winner.
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