Prize and Odds
|5 + Powerball||Jackpot||1 in 292,201,338|
|5||$1,000,000||1 in 11,688,053.52|
|4 + Powerball||$50,000||1 in 913,129.18|
|4||$100||1 in 36,525.17|
|3 + Powerball||$100||1 in 14,494.11|
|3||$7||1 in 579.76|
|2 + Powerball||$7||1 in 701.33|
|1 + Powerball||$4||1 in 91.98|
|Powerball only||$4||1 in 38.32|
|Overall odds of winning a prize in Powerball are 1 in 24.87.|
Power Play Prizes
|5 + Powerball||Jackpot|
|4 + Powerball||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|3 + Powerball||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|2 + Powerball||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|1 + Powerball||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
Power Play Odds
|Odds with 10x multiplier||1 in 1.79||1 in 3.31||1 in 14.33||1 in 21.5||1 in 43|
|Odds without 10x multiplier||1 in 1.75||1 in 3.23||1 in 14||1 in 21||N/A|
|Draw Time||10:59 p.m. EST||10:59 p.m. EST|
|Sales Stop||Varies by jurisdiction||Varies by jurisdiction|
10 Biggest Jackpots
||Jan 13, 2016|
||Mar 27, 2019|
||Aug 23, 2017|
||Oct 27, 2018|
||May 18, 2013|
||Nov 28, 2012|
||Feb 11, 2015|
||Jan 06, 2018|
||Jul 30, 2016|
||Mar 17, 2018|
Things to Know
Here’s a quick summary of the game.
- There are nine exciting ways to win the Powerball lottery.
- Eight of the Powerball prize categories are a fixed value, with the exception of California.
- Currently, the Powerball jackpot does not have a minimum starting value. The starting value of the jackpot depends entirely on ticket sales and interest rates.
- 48 jurisdictions participate in the Powerball lottery. This includes 45 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
- You must be 18 years old or older to play, with the following exceptions. In Louisiana, Iowa, and Arizona you must be 21 years or older and in Nebraska players must be 19 years or older.
- You can claim a Powerball jackpot prize as a lump sum or as an annuity payment over a certain amount of years.
- The advertised jackpot amount is always the annuity sum, before tax.
- The Power Play option was introduced to the game in 2001.
How to Play
- Pick five numbers from 1 to 69.
- Pick a Powerball number from 1 to 26.
- You have the option to add Power Play for an extra $1.
- Check if you’ve won.
- $2 per play
- $1 to add Power Play
Powerball is one of the most well-known games in the U.S., regularly boasting up to 10-figure jackpots.
- End of 1987
- West Virginia, Iowa, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, Oregon, Kansas and Missouri formed the Multi-State Lottery Association.
- February 1988
- Launched in 1988, under the name Lotto*America.
- August 1989 – January 1991
- Eight more states joined the game: Wisconsin, Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Indiana, South Dakota, Kentucky, and Delaware.
- April 1992
- Renamed to Powerball.
- New game format: 5/45 + 1/45.
- Starting jackpot is now $2 million.
- First official Powerball draw took place on April 22.
- April 1994 – October 1996
- Six more states joined the game: Arizona, Nebraska, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New Mexico.
- November 1997
- New game format: 5/49 + 1/42.
- Starting jackpot increases to $10 million.
- Annuity increases from 20 to 29 years.
- Lump Sum Cash option is added
- March 2001
- Power Play feature is added - a wheel with 12 slots.
- Available multipliers ranging from 1x to 5x.
- August 2001 – June 2002
- Colorado and Pennsylvania joined the game.
- October 2002
- New game format: 5/53 + 1/42.
- Power Play wheel has 15 slots.
- South Carolina joined the game.
- July 2003 – July 2004
- Four more states joined the game: Vermont, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Maine.
- August 2005
- New game format: 5/55 + 1 /42.
- Starting jackpot increases to $15 million.
- Power Play wheel uploaded to 16 slots.
- January 2006 – May 2006
- Oklahoma and North Carolina joined the game.
- January 2009
- New game format: 5/59 + 1/39.
- Starting jackpot increases to $20 million.
- Power Play drawn using a Random Number Generator.
- Florida joined the game.
- October 2009 – November 2010
- 13 more states joined the game: Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Massachusetts, Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- January 2012
- New game format: 5/69 + 1/35.
- Starting jackpot increases to $40 million.
- Match 5 prize category is now $1 million.
- April 2013 – September 2014
- Two more states and an additional jurisdiction joined the game: California, Wyoming, and Puerto Rico.
- October 2015
- New game format: 5/69 + 1/26.
- 4 + 1 prize category prize is now $50,000.
- 10x Power Ball multiplier added to jackpots under $150 million.
- January 2016
- $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot sets world record for largest jackpot.
- January 2020
- Mississippi joined the game.
- March 2020
- Starting jackpot decreases to $20 million.
- Minimum roll increase between drawings set to $2 million.
- April 2020
- Starting jackpot and minimum jackpot roll increase between drawings are removed. They now depend entirely on ticket sales and interest rates.
When do Powerball draws take place?
Drawings occur every Wednesday and Saturday at around 10:59 p.m. ET. at the Multi-State Lottery Association head office which is in Tallahassee, Florida.
Where can you play Powerball in the U.S.?
Powerball is played in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
What is the Powerball Quick Pick option?
The Quick Pick option is the fastest way to pick a new line to play. The line is generated automatically by the lottery system using a random number generator.
What is Power Play?
Power Play multiplies all non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 times. The 10 times multiplier becomes available when the jackpot is $150 million or less.
Power Play is available in all states except California.
How old do I have to be to play Powerball?
The age required to play depends on the state. Minimum age to play Powerball is 19 in Nebraska and 21 in Arizona, Iowa, and Louisiana. For all the other states the minimum age is 18.
Can I purchase tickets in advance?
Yes, this option is available in all participating states. The exact number of draws can be different depending on the state you’re playing in but can be anywhere between 10 and 20.
What’s the difference between a cash lump sum and an annuity?
All jackpot winners have the option to receive their prize as an annuity or as a cash lump sum. If you choose the annuity option, your prize is split into 30 installments over a period of 29 years. The lump sum is a one-off cash payment which is lower than the stated jackpot.
What happens if the winner dies before the annuity payments are completed?
The remaining payments will be paid to the winner’s designated beneficiary or estate.
How can I check if I’ve won anything on Powerball?
You can check the past results on our Powerball Year page.
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