Prizes 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. ET||10:59 p.m. ET|
|Sales Stop||Varies by jurisdiction||Varies by jurisdiction|
10 Biggest Powerball Jackpots
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||Mar 27, 2019|
||Aug 23, 2017|
||Jan 20, 2021|
||Oct 27, 2018|
||May 18, 2013|
||Nov 28, 2012|
||Feb 11, 2015|
||Jan 06, 2018|
||Jul 30, 2016|
Things to Know
- There are nine ways to win the Powerball lottery.
- Eight of the Powerball prizes are set cash amounts in all jurisdictions, except in California where all the prizes are pari-mutuel.
- 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 or older to play, except for in Louisiana, Iowa, and Arizona, where players must be 21 or older, and Nebraska, where players must be 19 or older.
- You can claim a Powerball jackpot prize as a lump sum or as an annuity payment over 29 years (30 guaranteed payments).
- The advertised jackpot amount is always the annuity sum before tax.
- The Power Play option was introduced to the game in 2001.
- The 10x multiplier is available only when the jackpot is $150 million or less.
How to Play
- Pick five numbers from 1 to 69.
- Pick a Powerball number from 1 to 26.
- You have the option of adding Power Play for an extra $1.
- Check if you’ve won.
- $2 per play.
- $1 to add Power Play.
All the jurisdictions that participate in the Powerball lottery allow players to purchase tickets for draws in advance. However, the number of advanced draws permitted varies from state to state. Here’s a full list of the maximum number of advance Powerball draw purchases permitted per jurisdiction.
|Arizona||up to 10|
|Arkansas||up to 20|
|California||up to 10|
|Colorado||up to 26|
|Connecticut||up to 26|
|Delaware||up to 10|
|District of Columbia||up to 20|
|Florida||up to 52|
|Georgia||up to 26|
|Idaho||up to 10|
|Illinois||up to 25|
|Indiana||up to 10|
|Iowa||up to 10|
|Kansas||up to 15|
|Kentucky||up to 26|
|Louisiana||up to 20|
|Maine||up to 20|
|Maryland||up to 15|
|Massachusetts||up to 15|
|Michigan||up to 30|
|Minnesota||up to 14|
|Mississippi||up to 26|
|Missouri||up to 15|
|Montana||up to 24|
|Nebraska||up to 24|
|New Hampshire||up to 20|
|New Jersey||up to 8|
|New Mexico||up to 20|
|New York||up to 26|
|North Carolina||up to 26|
|North Dakota||up to 9|
|Ohio||up to 10|
|Oklahoma||up to 10|
|Oregon||up to 20|
|Pennsylvania||up to 26|
|Puerto Rico||up to 26|
|Rhode Island||up to 26|
|South Carolina||up to 20|
|South Dakota||up to 9|
|Tennessee||up to 10|
|Texas||up to 10|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||N/A|
|Vermont||up to 20|
|Virginia||up to 26|
|Washington||up to 10|
|West Virginia||up to 24|
|Wisconsin||up to 8|
|Wyoming||up to 20|
Powerball is perhaps the most well-known lottery game in the world. But how did it get there? Here’s a quick history of the mighty Powerball lottery.
- End of 1987
- The lotteries of West Virginia, Iowa, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, Oregon, Kansas, and Missouri formed the Multi-State Lottery Association.
- February 1988
- The Multi-State Lottery Association launched a game called Lotto*America, the forerunner of what would later be known as Powerball.
- August 1989 – January 1991
- Eight more states joined Lotto*America: Wisconsin, Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Indiana, South Dakota, Kentucky, and Delaware.
- April 1992
- Lotto*America was renamed as Powerball.
- New game format: 5/45 + 1/45.
- The starting jackpot was set to $2 million.
- The first official Powerball draw took place on April 22.
- April 1994 – October 1996
- Six more states joined: Arizona, Nebraska, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New Mexico.
- November 1997
- New format: 5/49 + 1/42.
- The starting jackpot was set at $10 million.
- Annuity increased from 20 to 29 years.
- The cash option was added.
- March 2001
- The Power Play multiplier feature was added, which consisted of a wheel with 12 slots.
- The available multipliers were from 1x to 5x.
- August 2001 – June 2002
- Colorado and Pennsylvania joined.
- October 2002
- New format: 5/53 + 1/42.
- The Power Play wheel was updated to include 15 slots.
- South Carolina started selling Powerball tickets.
- July 2003 – July 2004
- Four more states joined: Vermont, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Maine.
- August 2005
- New format: 5/55 + 1/42.
- The starting jackpot was set at $15 million.
- The Power Play wheel was updated to 16 slots.
- January 2006 – May 2006
- Oklahoma and North Carolina joined.
- January 2009
- New format: 5/59 + 1/39.
- The starting jackpot was set at $20 million.
- Power Play was drawn using a Random Number Generator.
- Florida joined.
- October 2009 – November 2010
- 13 more states joined: Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Massachusetts, Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- January 2012
- New format: 5/69 + 1/35.
- The starting jackpot was set at $40 million.
- Match 5 prize category was $1 million.
- April 2013 – September 2014
- Two more states and an additional jurisdiction joined: California, Wyoming, and Puerto Rico.
- October 2015
- New format: 5/69 + 1/26.
- The 4 + 1 prize category prize was $50,000.
- 10x Power Play multiplier was added to jackpots under $150 million.
- January 2016
- A $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot was won, setting the world record for the largest lottery jackpot.
- January 2020
- Mississippi joined.
- March 2020
- The starting jackpot was set at $20 million due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The minimum roll increase between draws was set at $2 million.
- April 2020
- The starting and minimum jackpot increases between draws were removed, and they now depend entirely on ticket sales and interest rates.
When do Powerball draws take place?
Draws occur on every Wednesday and Saturday around 10:59 p.m. ET.
Where are Powerball draws held?
Powerball draws are held at the Multi-State Lottery Association head office in Tallahassee, Florida.
Where can you play Powerball?
Powerball can be 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, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
How do you play Powerball?
Players pick five numbers from 1 to 69 plus a Powerball number from 1 to 26. Players can also choose the Power Play, which can multiply any non-jackpot winnings.
What is the Power Ball number?
It’s the sixth number on your ticket, ranging between 1 and 26. Matching it wins you at least $4.
What is the Powerball Quick Pick option?
The Quick Pick option uses a computer to randomly select numbers for your ticket.
What is Power Play?
Power Play multiplies all non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10, depending on the multiplier number selected before the draw. Power Play is available in all U.S. states except California.
Is it possible to claim my Powerball winnings in a different jurisdiction than the one where I purchased the winning ticket?
No, all prizes must be claimed in the same jurisdiction as they were bought.
How is the Powerball jackpot paid out?
Jackpot winners have the option of receiving their prize as an annuity or a cash lump sum. In the annuity option, prizes are split into 30 installments paid over 29 years.
Why is the jackpot’s cash lump sum less than the annuity option?
The annuity is invested in government bonds over 29 years, allowing annual payments to increase by 5%.
How can I check if I won a Powerball prize?
You can check the latest numbers on our Powerball page, or use our Powerball number checker.
Do you have more Powerball questions? Contact us, and we’d love to help you out.