If you are an avid lottery player, you may have heard about the US Powerball. A ticket for the lottery game costs only $2, but offers you a chance to become a multimillionaire. Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states and the jackpot prize keeps growing until someone wins it.
In January 2016, the Powerball lottery game set a world record after awarding one lucky player a jackpot of $1.586 billion. We would hate to see you lose out on this type of jackpot again. So, give our guide a read to find how to play the Powerball, how to choose winning numbers, and where you can play.
Here is what you’ll on this guide
- Play Lottery Games Online
- How to Play Powerball
- Powerball Payout
- Powerball Numbers
- Buy Powerball Tickets Online
- FAQs about the Powerball
A Powerball ticket costs $2. After buying a ticket, you will have to choose five numbers from between 1 and 69 and an additional “Powerball” number between 1 and 26.
You can select your own numbers or, alternatively, you can get a quick pick – when a machine chooses numbers for you. The draw happens every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET. Tickets sales have a cut off time, which is between one and two hours before the draw.
For a lottery game that offers a large jackpot, you would think that there is only one way to win, which is by matching all your numbers. But, this couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, there are nine ways to win in Powerball.
If you play with Power Play for an additional $1, you can multiply the jackpot you could potentially win by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times. Here is a breakdown of how the payouts work:
|5 numbers + Powerball||Grand Prize||Grand Prize||Grand Prize||Grand Prize||Grand Prize||Grand Prize|
|5 numbers||$1 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2million||$2 million|
|4 numbers + Powerball||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|3 numbers + Powerball||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|2 numbers + Powerball||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|1 number + Powerball||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
Choosing your lucky number is up to you. If you would rather not have that pressure, you can let the terminal choose numbers for you.
The winning number will be picked from two pots. The first pot has white balls between 1 and 69. Five numbers will be selected from this pot. The second pot has red balls between 1 and 26. The only number selected from this pot is the Powerball.
If you miss the draw, do not worry; the lottery game website posts the results of each draw on their site. So, you can see the numbers that were selected from all previous draws. Also, the date of the next draw will also be displayed.
You no longer have to go the local grocery store to play the lottery. Simply log in to your state’s national lottery website and play. Or, you play on your state’s regional website.
Unfortunately, you cannot play teh lottery game in the following states: Hawaii, Alaska, Utah, Mississippi, Nevada, and Alabama.
Yes, you can win up to $7, and if you have three numbers plus the Powerball, you can win up to $100.
Powerball has better odds than Mega Millions. The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 292 million. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302 million.
In January 2016, the jackpot reached $1.586 billion.
Yes, you will walk away with $7. If you play with the Power Play option, you can multiply this prize by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 times.
If you match only the Powerball, you win yourself $4.
There is no set strategy to win the jackpot. You simply have to bet your lucky numbers or trust the machine picked winning numbers.
You have between 90 days and one year to claim your winnings, depending on the jurisdiction you bought your ticket.
The latest you can buy your ticket is one hour before the draw. So, make sure that by 9:54 p.m. ET, you have bought your ticket.
Yes, the lottery game is open to both US residents and non-US citizens.
Indiana has won 39 jackpots making it the state with the most winners.