Powerball is a multi-state lottery game that promises players the opportunity to win staggering jackpots. With its presence in 47 states and jurisdictions it is one of the most widely enjoyed lottery games across the United States.
Participants in this exciting game select a combination of five main numbers from a range of 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from a pool of 1 to 26. Matching all these numbers during the draws held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays can make you one of the many Powerball millionaires.
What is the Powerball?
The Powerball is the sixth number on your lottery ticket and can fall anywhere from 1 to 26. Matching the Powerball ensures a minimum win of $4.
Who can participate in Powerball?
The legal age for purchasing lottery tickets varies by state but typically is 18 years. However in some states like Nebraska the legal age is 19 and in Arizona, Louisiana and Iowa it's 21.
Keep yourself informed with the latest Powerball results, odds, valuable insights and news right here and discover if you're on the brink of becoming the next Powerball winnner!
How to Play?
- Step 1: Find a local authorized retailer displaying the lottery logo and visit the kiosk, or simply play online.
- Step 2: Choose five numbers from a pool of 1-69 (or use a quick pick selector to choose randomly for you).
- Step 3: Choose your Powerball number from a pool of 1-26 (or have the quick pick option do this for you).
- Step 4: Add the optional Power Play to multiply any non-jackpot or Match-5 prizes.
- Step 5: If available in your state/jurisdiction you can add the optional Double Play.
- Step 6: Pay for your ticket, sign it and keep it in a safe place until the draw date or time to claim.
- Step 7: Visit this page to check the latest Powerball results to see if you have won.
+$1 optional Power Play
Prizes and Odds of Winning
There are a variety of ways to win when playing Powerball. The tier 3 combination of 4 balls and the Powerball can net you $50,000 and the prizes increase dramatically from there! Take a look at the prize tiers offered below (not counting any Power Play multipliers).
|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|
|0 + Mega Ball||$4||1 in 38.32|
Overall you have a 1 in 24.87 chance of winning a prize when playing Powerball.
The Powerball Power Play Option
This is an optional feature available in all states except for California. At an additional $1.00 per ticket players have the chance to boost their non-jackpot prize winnings by 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, or even 10x (10x only when the jackpot less than $150 million).
The multiplier is randomly selected from a pool of:
- Two - 5x
- Three - 4x
- Thirteen - 3x
- Twenty-four - 2x
- One - 10x (jackpot less than $150 million)
Second prize tier multiplication
It's important to note that should you win the second-tier prize and have opted for the Power Play option then your prize will always be doubled. Lower prize tiers will be subject to the multiplier drawn.
Why not California?
In California lottery prize distribution is governed by state law which mandates a pari-mutuel system. In this system individuals holding winning tickets share the overall betting pool based on their wagers with deductions made for expenses. Consequently the Power Play which offers fixed payouts does not align with these legal requirements.
Power Play Draw and Odds
The multiplier number is selected randomly just before the drawing of the Powerball winning numbers. A player must opt for the Power Play feature at the time of purchasing their Powerball ticket and their ticket must match one of the 9 Ways to Win (excluding the jackpot). Here are the odds associated with each multiplier:
Power Play Multiplier Odds
|Odds (10x in play)||1 in 1.79||1 in 3.31||1 in 14.33||1 in 21.5||1 in 43|
|Odds (10x not in play)||1 in 1.75||1 in 3.23||1 in 14||1 in 21||n/a|
Power Play Multiplier Prizes
|MATCH||PRIZE POOL||2X MEGAPLIER||3X MEGAPLIER||4X MEGAPLIER||5X MEGAPLIER||10X MEGAPLIER|
|5 + Powerball||Jackpot||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|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|
|0 + Powerball||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
Introduced in August 2021 the Double Play is a second-chance drawing that takes place immediately after the main draw on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Players pay an optional $1 to re-enter their numbers for the chance to win up to $10 million.
Double Play is currently offered in 21 states/jurisdictions namely: Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington.
|Draw Time||10:59 p.m. ET||10:59 p.m. ET||10:59 p.m. ET|
|Sales Close||Check jurisdiction||Check jurisdiction||Check jurisdiction|
Watch the Latest Powerball Lottery Draw
Top 10 biggest Powerball wins
|1st||California||November 7, 2022||
Power Play x2
|2nd||Unknown||October 11, 2023||
Power Play x2
|January 13, 2026||
Power Play x2
|4th||California||July 19, 2023||
Power Play x2
|5th||Wisconsin||March 27, 2019||
Power Play x3
|6th||Massachusetts||August 23, 2017||
Power Play x4
|7th||Washington||February 6, 2023||
Power Play x2
|8th||Maryland||January 20, 2021||
Power Play x3
|9th||California||October 04, 2021||
Power Play x2
|10th||Iowa and New York||October 27, 2018||
Power Play x3
If you would like to play Powerball games in advance then you can purchase advanced draws for added convenience. Each state/jurisdiction has a maximum number of playable future draws as explained in the table below.
How to claim your prize
To claim your lottery prize, follow these steps:
- Sign the reverse of your ticket and complete any other details requested.
- Visit your nearest authorized lottery sales agent to verify your ticket.
- For prizes exceeding $599 you may have to complete a claim form.
- If mailing send your completed claim form, signed ticket and documents to your states lottery commission or visit them in person.
You will need to redeem your winning ticket in the state in which it was purchased. You can see the claim period for each jurisdiction in the table below.
|STATE||ADVANCED DRAWS||CLAIM PERIOD|
|Arizona||up to 10||180 days|
|Arkansas||up to 20||180 days|
|California||up to 10||1 year|
|Colorado||up to 26||180 days|
|Connecticut||up to 26||180 days|
|Delaware||up to 10||1 year|
|District of Columbia||up to 20||Not specified|
|Florida||up to 52||180 days|
|Georgia||up to 26||180 days|
|Idaho||up to 10||180 days|
|Illinois||up to 25||1 year|
|Indiana||up to 10||180 days|
|Iowa||up to 10||180 days|
|Kansas||up to 15||1 year|
|Kentucky||up to 26||180 days|
|Louisiana||up to 20||180 days|
|Maine||up to 20||1 year|
|Maryland||up to 15||182 days|
|Massachusetts||up to 15||1 year|
|Michigan||up to 30||1 year|
|Minnesota||up to 14||1 year|
|Mississippi||up to 26||180 days|
|Missouri||up to 15||180 days|
|Montana||up to 24||180 days|
|Nebraska||up to 24||180 days|
|New Hampshire||up to 20||1 year|
|New Jersey||up to 8||1 year|
|New Mexico||up to 20||90 days|
|New York||up to 26||1 year|
|North Carolina||up to 26||180 days|
|North Dakota||up to 10||180 days|
|Ohio||up to 20||180 days|
|Oklahoma||up to 10||180 days|
|Oregon||up to 26||1 year|
|Pennsylvania||up to 26||1 year|
|Rhode Island||up to 20||1 year|
|South Carolina||up to 52||180 days|
|South Dakota||up to 26||180 days|
|Tennessee||up to 10||180 days|
|Texas||up to 25||180 days|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||up to 10||1 year|
|Vermont||up to 10||1 year|
|Virginia||up to 15||180 days|
|Washington||up to 26||180 days|
|West Virginia||up to 20||180 days|
|Wisconsin||up to 20||180 days|
|Wyoming||up to 15||180 days|
Where to Play
There are 45 states and 3 jurisdictions (Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands!) that offer Powerball as part of their Lottery offering. Powerball can be played by visiting any of the authorized Lottery retailers in your state/jurisdiction or online.
|New Hampshire||11/08/1995||New Jersey||01/31/2010|
|New Mexico||10/20/1996||New York||01/31/2010|
|North Carolina||05/30/2006||North Dakota||03/27/2004|
|Rhode Island||02/03/1988||South Carolina||10/09/2002|
|Texas||01/31/2010||U.S. Virgin Islands||11/16/2002|
Note: Powerball had its origins as Lotto America debuting on February 3 1988. A significant transformation took place on April 19 1992 encompassing a substantial overhaul of the game including introducing nine distinct ways to win, enhancing the overall odds of success, increasing the jackpot size and ultimately rebranding the game to "Powerball".
Powerball Facts & Rules
- The aim of Powerball is to pick a total of 6 numbers with the hope of matching all 6 for the grand prize.
- The first five numbers chosen come from a pool of 1-69 whilst the 6th "Powerball" number is chosen from a pool of 1-26.
- Upon completing your ticket with your chosen numbers you are required to choose either a Cash or Annuity option.
- If you choose the optional Power Play it will only apply to the main drawing, not the Double Play draw.
- Drawings are held three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. ET.
- The Powerball jackpot begins at $20 million and increases if there is no winner for that draw.
- If you are undecided about your numbers simply choose the Quick Pick option to randomly select them.
- You can choose a Powerball number that is the same as one of your previous numbers as they are drawn from a different pool.
- You should be aware of the ticket cutoff times as they vary according to state/jurisdiction.
- Not all jurisdictions offer the Double Play feature so be sure to check yours to take advantage.
- 1987 (December): Seven lotteries (District of Columbia, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island and West Virginia) form the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).
- 1988 (February): Lotto*America is launched and will later become Powerball.
- 1989 (August) – 1991 (January): Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota and Wisconsin join Lotto*America.
- 1992 (April): Lotto*America beomes Powerball with the first draw on April 22 for a starting jackpot of $2 million and a 5/45 + 1/45 format.
- 1994 (April) – 1996 (October): Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire and New Mexico join.
- 1997 (November): Changes to the format (5/49 + 1/42), the jackpot ($10 million), annuity payments and cash options.
- 2001 (March): Power Play is added with multipliers from 1x to 5x.
- 2001 (August) – 2002 (June): Colorado and Pennsylvania join.
- 2002 (October): Format changes to 5/53 + 1/42 and three more slots added to the Power Play wheel.
- 2003 (July) – 2004: Maine, North Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont join.
- 2005 (August): New 5/55 + 1/42 format and a starting jackpot raised to $15 million along with additional Power Play slots.
- 2006 (January – May): North Carolina and Oklahoma join.
- 2009 (January): Florida joins and 5/59 + 1/39 is the new format with a $20 million starting jackpot.
- 2009 (October) – 2010 (November): Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and Washington all join.
- 2012 (January): A further format change to 5/69 + 1/35 with a new $40 million starting jackpot.
- 2013 (April) – 2014 (September): California, Puerto Rico and Wyoming join.
- 2015 (October): The now familiar format of 5/69 + 1/26 is adopted along with prize tier and Power Play changes.
- 2016 (January): A $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot winner makes history for the largest amount ever won.
- 2020 (January): Mississippi joins.
- 2020 (March): The Covid-19 pandemic results in a reduction of the jackpot to $20 million whilsts minimum rolls between draws are set at $2 million.
- 2020 (April): Ticket sales and interest rates now dictate the jackpot amounts and roll values.
- 2021 (August): A Monday draw and the Double Play feature are added with 13 states opting in.
- 2022 (November): The world's largest lottery jackpot of $2.04 billion is won in California.