How Does US Powerball Work?
In US Powerball, you pick:
- five numbers (i.e. the white balls) from a selection pool consisting of 1-69, and
- one number (i.e. the red ball) from a selection pool of 1-25
Take note that the red ball can be the same number as one of the white balls. You can pick numbers manually or via a Quick Pick option – which means you let a system randomly pick the numbers for you.
Winning numbers are drawn at 10:59pm every Wednesday and Saturday at Universal Studios in Florida.
Two drums, one containing the white balls, and the other containing the red balls, are used to randomly select the winning numbers. Matching all 6 numbers awards you the jackpot, while matching 5 gives you the 2nd place prize category, and so on.
Each ticket line costs $1, but some online lottery sites may charge higher to cover for the service of purchasing, scanning and safekeeping tickets.
The Power Play
You can also include a Power Play number in your entry.
For an additional $1 on top of the $1 per line (again, prices may vary on lottery sites), the Power Play number multiplies prizes for non-jackpot winnings by up to 5 or 10 times. The second prize with the Power Play multiplier activated, for instance, is automatically doubled to $2,000,000.
Check out the table below to see how Power Play affects each prize category.
Prize with Powerball Multiplier
|5 + 1||Grand Prize||No Multiplier – Jackpot Only|
|5 + 0||$1,000,000||$2,000,000||$2,000,000||$2,000,000||$2,000,000||$2,000,000|
|4 + 1||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|3 + 1||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|2 + 1||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|1 + 1||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|0 + 1||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
The Odds of Winning
Winning the Powerball isn’t easy, especially when it comes to the jackpot.
Check out the table below for a quick reference.
|Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning|
|5 +1||1 in 292,201,338.00|
|5||1 in 11,688,053.52|
|4 + 1||1 in 913,129.18|
|4||1 in 36,525.17|
|3 + 1||1 in 14,494.11|
|3||1 in 579.76|
|2 + 1||1 in 701.33|
|1 + 1||1 in 91.98|
|0 + 1||1 in 38.32|
What Happens if You Win?
Powerball jackpots are split between anyone who has a winning lottery ticket, while all other prizes are of a fixed amount. That said, non-jackpot prizes could be reduced if the number of winners exceed the lottery operator’s prize fund.
Winners have the option to choose whether to collect their payment as an annuity paid over a 29-year period, or as a lump sum.
Winners have a year to claim their prize. Otherwise, the money often goes to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, which funnels the money to charity. This won’t always be the case, though, as each MUSL member has different rules that dictate what happens to unclaimed prizes.
SA PowerBall Payouts
SA PowerBall payouts chart below shows how many numbers you need to match to win the different prizes.
Five Correct Numbers + POWERBALL
Five Correct Numbers
Four Correct Numbers + POWERBALL
Four Correct Numbers
Three Correct Numbers + POWERBALL
Three Correct Numbers
Two Correct Numbers + POWERBALL
One Correct Numbers + POWERBALL