Powerball is easy to play. And there are MILLIONS of good reasons to get in the game.
Powerball announced changes to the game on April 2, 2020. Here’s what you need to know if you’re a first-time Powerball player or want to dig into the new format.
Powerball Lottery in a Nutshell…
Powerball is a multi-state lottery game that’s available in 45 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Powerball Jackpots: Start at $20 million and are determined by ticket sales (as of April 8, 2020)
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
First, pick your Powerball numbers! Pick 5 regular 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.
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.
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.
|5 numbers + Powerball||Jackpot||1 in 292,201,338|
|5 numbers||$1,000,000||1 in 11,688,053|
|4 numbers + Powerball||$50,000||1 in 931,001|
|4 numbers||$100||11 in 36,525.17|
|3 numbers + Powerball||$100||1 in 14,494.11|
|3 numbers||$7||1 in 579.76|
|2 numbers + Powerball||$7||11 in 701.33|
|1 number + Powerball||$4||1 in 91.98|
|Powerball only||$4||1 in 38.32|