Tips & Tricks

How Powerball Works

Meet “America’s Game”

Powerball is easy to play. And with jackpots starting at $40M, there are millions of reasons to get in the game.

Powerball has been around since 1992, with some game changes in 2015 aimed at delivering bigger jackpots and more prize winners. Here’s what you need to know if you’re a first-time Powerball player or want to dig in to the new format.

In a Nutshell…

Powerball is a multi-state lottery game that’s available in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Cost: $2.00

Jackpots: Starting at $40 million

Drawings: Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 pm ET

Overall odds of winning a prize: 1 in 24.9

Biggest Powerball jackpot in history: $1.586 billion (Jan 2016)

How to Play

Pick 5 numbers from 1–69 and 1 red Powerball number from 1–26. You can Quick Pick or choose your own lucky numbers. Hitting the jackpot means matching all 5 numbers (in any order) plus the Powerball.

20-year-old Jackpocket player won a cool million in 2018 playing Powerball

What is a Power Play?

For an extra $1 per game, you can add the Power Play to your ticket. This multiplies your prize — not including the jackpot — by up to ten times. The “multiplier” number is drawn and announced along with the winning numbers. Take note: the 10X multiplier is only available for jackpots less than $150 million.

Powerball Prizes

Besides hitting the jackpot, there are 8 ways you can win a Powerball prize. Matching 5 numbers without the Powerball will get you a cool $1 million, while simply matching the Powerball number earns you $4. The good news is that your chances of winning any prize is 1 in 24.9.

What Happens If I Win?

If you bought your Powerball ticket in person from a lottery retailer, check your state lottery website for more information on how to claim your prize. It can vary state to state. For example, in Minnesota you can claim prizes up to $599 from any Minnesota Lottery retailer, provided they have the cash on hand.

Lucky for you, when you order your ticket on Jackpocket, we automatically alert you when you win! For prizes under $599, Jackpocket credits your account for the full amount. If you win $600 or more, we arrange to have the ticket securely delivered so you can claim your prize from the state lottery.

Now that you know how to play Powerball, you’re ready for the next drawing. Head into the Jackpocket app, and choose those lucky numbers!

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