How to Win Powerball
Now that you have your tickets, it’s time to wait for the twice-weekly drawings to see if your Powerball numbers come up. How do you win Powerball?
If you’ve matched all five numbers plus the Powerball number, you win the current jackpot. Congratulations! It’s important to note, however, that the Power Play multiplier doesn’t apply to jackpot wins.
According to Powerball rules, if you match five numbers but miss the Powerball, you can win $1 million (if you do not purchase Power Play) or $2 million (if you do purchase Power Play). Note that the Power Play multipliers do not apply here. Selecting Power Play just increases your win from $1 million to $2 million.
Without Power Play, four numbers plus the Powerball number wins $50,000. With Power Play, you can win between $100,000 and $250,000. Without the Powerball, matching four numbers wins between $100 and $500 — the same amount you’ll win if you match three balls and the Powerball.
Three balls by themselves, or two balls and the Powerball, wins between $7 and $35. One ball plus the Powerball or the Powerball by itself wins between $4 and $20.
If the annuity jackpot is equal to or more than $150 million, the 10x Power Play ball is removed from the drawing.
Prizes and Odds of Winning
You must match all five numbers and the PowerBall to win the jackpot, but you can win a prize even for just matching the PowerBall on its own. The table below shows how many numbers you need to match to win in each prize division, as well as the odds of winning:
|Prize Division||Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning*||Percentage of Prize Pool||Average Prizefor the past 365 days’ draws|
|1||5 + PowerBall||1 in 42,375,200||70.73%||R52,852,137.40|
|2||5||1 in 2,230,274||5.19%||R208,577.63|
|3||4 + PowerBall||1 in 188,334||3.25%||R18,014.30|
|4||4||1 in 9,912||5.51%||R1,082.59|
|5||3 + PowerBall||1 in 4,280||6.23%||R513.57|
|6||3||1 in 225||5.19%||R22.28|
|7||2 + PowerBall||1 in 299||3.9%||R21.91|
|8||1 + PowerBall||1 in 57||Fixed R15||R15.00|
|9||PowerBall Only||1 in 35||Fixed R10||R10.00|
The prizes in the eighth and ninth division are fixed at R15 and R10 respectively. The prizes in the upper seven divisions are pari-mutuel, meaning each division receives a percentage of the total Prize Pool. Fixed prizes are paid out first, with the remainder of the Prize Pool divided between the seven other divisions according to the percentages in the table. The value of a prize in these divisions can vary, depending on how many winners there are and how much money is in the Prize Pool.
Do you think you’ve won a PowerBall prize? Visit the How to Claim page to find out more about claiming prizes, whether you played online, with your bank or through a retailer.
We’ve gathered a few of the most frequently asked questions about the US Powerball, along with the answers to them. Take a look!
How do you play the Powerball lottery?
To play Powerball, you have to choose 5 main numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26. You have to choose a different set of numbers for each line you want to play.
Do you win with just the Powerball?
Yes, you can win a prize in the US Powerball by only matching the Powerball number. With this, you qualify for the 9th prize category, which amounts to $4.00.
How late can I buy Powerball tickets?
You can buy your Powerball tickets up until the cutoff time, which is 22:00 EST. When you play Powerball online, you can set to receive notifications about upcoming draws or you can set up subscriptions to never miss a draw.
Do you have to be a US citizen to play Powerball?
No, you do not have to be a US citizen to play Powerball. As per the official rules of the game, there is no citizenship restriction regarding participation.
How many draws is a Powerball ticket good for?
Each Powerball ticket can be used for one draw only. The number selection on the ticket will be compared to the drawn numbers from that day.
Do the Powerball numbers need to be in order?
No, there is no specific order that the Powerball numbers must be in. You only have to match the drawn main numbers and Powerball to qualify for the prizes in the game. However, the main numbers and the Powerball are not interchangeable as they come with separate guess ranges.
Do Quick picks ever win the lottery?
Yes, there are many Powerball jackpot winners who have won their fortunes by playing with random combinations of numbers. Probably the best-known example is Gloria MacKenzie, who was 85 at the time of her win. She scooped $590 million back in 2013 on a Quick Pick ticket that she bought after a good Samaritan let her cut in line at the lottery retailer’s office. Sometimes winning is fate!
Now that you know how Powerball works, it is high time you join the lottery players community and play Powerball online!
More Ways to Play Powerball
PowerHit increases your chances of winning a Powerball game by automatically playing every possible Powerball number – you are guaranteed the winning Powerball number! There are 20 Powerballs, so each standard Powerhit game is the equivalent of 20 games. Like a Systems entry, Powerhit gives you more chances to win multiple prize divisions. Quickpick is available, as are PowerHit System entries.Powerball PowerHit Prize Table.
System entries allow the player to select more than 7 numbers in each game. System entries can be played with 8 to 20 numbers selected in one game! The chance of hitting the Jackpot is boosted, and multiple system prizes may be won.Powerball Systems Prize Table.
A Pick entry guarantees the player, either 1 or 2 winning numbers. This may improve the chance of winning a prize.Powerball Pick Entry Prize Table.
A Syndicate is a group of players that play Powerball together. Their funds are pooled to pay for entries, and winnings go into the prize pool, shared by all. This is a great way to increase your chance at winning the Jackpot, but you do have to share.
Powerball also offers Advance and Multi-week Entries, which allow the player to enter Powerball draws up to 10 weeks in advance, with their regular numbers or via a quickpick.
It’s always great to have options, so mark the OPTIONAL PLAYS box on your playslip for any of the following.
- Want to play the same numbers for more than one draw on a single ticket? A Multi-Draw ticket lets you play up to 26 consecutive draws on one ticket. Please keep in mind that the ticket price increases for each draw you add.
- Thinking ahead to a special date? You can buy a ticket for one future draw date. It’s called a Future draw. Mark the Optional Plays box on your playslip, and let the clerk know which future draw date you have in mind.
- Love those numbers so much you want them on more than one ticket? You can Repeat your play and have the same numbers printed on more than one ticket up to 20 times.
- Tell your clerk which option you want when you present your playslip. Keep in mind that playing in more than one draw increases the ticket price by the number of draws you choose.
You can find different VA Lottery Powerball retail locations in the Virginia Lottery app or by using the Find a Retailer tool. Download the app to scan your non-winning tickets and check out our newest Scratchers too!
Power Play Prizes
The table below shows how much your prize could be multiplied by in the additional Power Play game, which can be entered for an extra US$1:
|Prize Tier||Base Prize Amount||Power Play x2||Power Play x3||Power Play x4||Power Play x5||Power Play x10|
|Match 5 + Power Play||Jackpot|
|Match 4 + Powerball + Power Play||$1 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million|
|Match 4 + Power Play||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|Match 3 + Powerball + Power Play||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|Match 3 + Power Play||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|Match 2 + Powerball + Power Play||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|Match 1 + Powerball + Power Play||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|Match Powerball + Power Play||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|*A Power Play Match 5 prize will be set at $2,000,000 regardless of the Power Play number drawn.|
Power Play odds when 10x Multiplier is in Place (Jackpot Worth US$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 when 10x Multiplier is not in Place (Jackpot Worth More than US$150 Million):
|Power Play Multiplier||Odds|
|5x||1 in 21|
|4x||1 in 14|
|3x||1 in 3.23|
|2x||1 in 1.75|
PowerPlay is your chance to boost any non-jackpot prizes you win and it only costs an extra US $1 per ticket. The Power Play is drawn using a random number generator (RNG). One selection is made from a pool of 42 balls, each marked with a multiplier amount: 24 marked 2x, 13 marked 3x, three marked 4x, two marked 5x, and a single 10x multiplier which is added as well if the jackpot for that draw is below US $150 million.
If you win a non-jackpot prize in the main draw, and have selected the Power Play option on your ticket, then you are guaranteed to have your prize increased according to the multiple on the ball drawn — up to an impressive 10x. The only exception to this is if you match five numbers, when the increased prize is fixed at US $2 million.
The Secondary Prizes in the Powerball
If you don’t manage to win the incredible top Powerball prize, there are some fabulous secondary prizes that you can look forward to. The US Powerball offers a total of 9 prize divisions, including the jackpot.
Matching all of the main numbers, but not the Powerball, earns players a fabulous $1 million prize. The next prize tier is worth $50,000 and it goes to players who match 4 of the 5 main numbers with the Powerball.
Remember that the second prize in the Powerball can reach $2 million and the third prize can reach $100,000, $150,000, $200,000, $250,000, or even $500,000 for winners playing the Power Play option.
As for the following prize divisions (4th to 9th), they are worth $100.00 and less, but they will provide players with an excellent incentive to keep playing this fabulous lottery. They will also be increased by the Power Play multiplier, which makes it well worth trying out.
Powerball game prizes are split into divisional prize pools just as with the other lotto games. These run from Division 1 which is the top prize through to Division 9 which is the bottom prize. Here are the prize divisions and odds (per game):
|PRIZE DIVISION||COMBINATION||ODDS||PRIZE POOL %|
|Division 1||7 Numbers + Powerball||1:134,490,400||35%|
|Division 2||7 Numbers||1:7,078,443||1.8%|
|Division 3||6 Numbers + Powerball||1:686,176||1.1%|
|Division 4||6 Numbers||1:36,115||2%|
|Division 5||5 Numbers + Powerball||1:16,943||1.5%|
|Division 6||4 Numbers + Powerball||1:1,173||9.7%|
|Division 7||5 Numbers||1:892||7.6%|
|Division 8||3 Numbers + Powerball||1:188||15%|
|Division 9||2 Numbers + Powerball||1:66||26.3%|
For Powerball System Entries see: Powerball Systems Prize Table
The Powerball Prizes
There are 9 prize divisions in total in the US Powerball. The top prize begins at a mouth-watering $40 million and it only goes up from there. In fact, the Powerball was the first lottery to ever pass the $1 billion threshold. In 2016, it has set the world record for the largest prize ever awarded with its $1.58 billion pot. But there are 8 more reasons for you to play Powerball. One of them is the second prize is worth a full $1 million, and if you play with the Power Play multiplier, you can make it worth $2 million. Even if you only match the Powerball number, you can still win the complimentary 9th prize, which is worth $4.00, and that can get as high as $40.00 with Power Play.
The Powerball PowerPlay Multiplier
For a very low extra cost, you can play Powerball with the Power Play multiplier. Let us tell you how the multiplier works! All you have to do is check the Power Play option on your ticket and you will be on your way to getting bigger prizes.
During the Powerball draw, lottery officials also draw a random number from 2 to 5, which will be the multiplier for that draw. If you have the multiplier option on your ticket, your winnings will be increased by the number of times indicated by the Powerball PowerPlay number.
Please note that according to Powerball rules, the multiplier does not apply to the US Powerball jackpot. Even the second prize in the Powerball lottery, which is worth $1,000,000, can only be doubled for winners who have played Power Play on their ticket.
However, all other secondary prizes can be increased 2, 3, 4, or even 5 times, depending on that draw’s multiplier. Additionally, when the US Powerball jackpot is lower than $150 MILLION, secondary prizes (except the $1 million second prize) can be increased 10 times.
Even Non-US Citizens Can Play Power Play
You don’t need to be a US resident to purchase Powerball tickets and opt-in for the Power Play multiplier option. Provided you’re the minimum age to play, you’re eligible for Power Play.
What’s more, tickets are available every single day of the week until the cut-off time, which is on the night of the Powerball draws, typically about two hours before the draw.
You can also play several games on a single ticket, giving you more chances to win. However, when you opt-in for Power Play, it’s just the once for $1 and applies to all your games for that draw. On the other hand, you can choose to play several upcoming draws, too, and choose the Power Play multiplier option.
How to play Powerball
Following the April 8, 2020 drawing, guaranteed starting jackpot amounts and minimum jackpot increases will be eliminated, and future jackpot increases will be determined and announced by the Product Group prior to each drawing.In April 2020, Powerball announced changes to the starting jackpot amount. More information here.
Think of how to play Powerball in terms of colors and numbers. You must select numbers for five white balls and one red ball (the Powerball) for a total of six numbers. Click for a closer view of the playslip to learn more.
Here are the ways to play Powerball:
- Choose your own numbers on a playslip. Pick five different numbers from 1 through 69; then, select one Powerball number from 1 through 26.
- Or you can choose Easy Pick and let the computer choose your numbers
- You can also use a combination of these play methods: Pick some of your favorite numbers, and let the computer fill in the rest.
- Each play (six numbers) costs $2.
- Powerball draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 11 p.m.
How to Play Powerball
Powerball is easy to play — simply pick five main numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26. There are nine different prize tiers available in the main game, with the overall odds of winning any Powerball prize set at 1 in 24.87. All non-jackpot prizes have a fixed value.
For an additional US$1 per line, you can add the Power Play multiplier to your ticket, which could increase the value of any non-jackpot prize you might win. A separate Power Play number is drawn alongside the main balls in every game. The second-tier prize for matching five main Powerball numbers is typically US$1 million (DKK6.6 million), but if you match the Power Play number on the same ticket, your prize will increase to US$2 million (DKK13.3 million). With lower-tier prizes, your winnings could be multiplied by as much as five times if the 5x Power Play is drawn and you match it. However, the 10x feature is only an option when the advertised jackpot is worth US$150 million or less.
How to Play Powerball from Denmark
You can play Powerball from Denmark, with or without Power Play, by joining a syndicate of international players. When more people group together to buy tickets, they can better their odds of winning a Powerball prize. A syndicate of international players will link you to people across the globe in the hopes of landing a huge prize or even the coveted jackpot!
Powerball Prizes and Odds of Winning
There are a number of different prizes to be won on Powerball, starting with a fixed prize of US$4 for matching just the Powerball number itself and climbing all the way to the jackpot, which can easily reach nine figures in USD. Here are the different prize tiers, the odds of winning and the prizes available:
|Prize Tier||Odds of Winning||Prize|
|Match 5 + Powerball||1:292,201,338||Jackpot|
|Match 5||1:11,688,053.52||$1 million|
|Match 4 + Powerball||1:913,129.18||$50,000|
|Match 3 + Powerball||$1:14,494.11||$100|
|Match 2 + Powerball||1:701.32||$7|
|Match 1 + Powerball||1:91.97||$4|
Prizes and Odds of Winning
You win prizes by matching the numbers you picked to the winning ones drawn. There are fixed prizes in eight of the nine divisions, so you know exactly how much you will receive. The only prize that changes is the jackpot, which starts at a minimum of $40 million (approximately R560 million) and rolls over to the next draw when it is not won. The jackpot is shared if there are multiple winners.
The following table shows the prizes you can win, what they’re worth with each of the Power Play multipliers, and the odds of winning:
|Prize Division||Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning||Prize||With 2x Power Play||With 3x Power Play||With 4x Power Play||With 5x Power Play||With 10x Power Play|
|1||5 + Powerball||1 in 292,201,338||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot|
|2||5||1 in 11,688,054||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million|
|3||4 + Powerball||1 in 913,129||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|4||4||1 in 36,525||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|5||3 + Powerball||1 in 14,494||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|6||3||1 in 580||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|7||2 + Powerball||1 in 701||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|8||1 + Powerball||1 in 92||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|9||0 + Powerball||1 in 38||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
USA Powerball prizes are subject to differing levels of tax depending on where you play the game. For players in the USA, a federal tax of at least 24 percent is withheld on any prize greater than $5,000, while some states also withhold their own tax on winnings. If you play the game from South Africa, you could also be taxed on Powerball prizes. Go to the Taxes page for more information.