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Powerball is one of America's two big multi-state lotteries, and is played in 47 jurisdictions across the country. Participating players must select five numbers from 1 to 69 plus one Powerball number from 1 to 26. Powerball draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday evening, and the minimum jackpot offered is worth US$40 million. The game currently holds the record for the world's biggest lottery jackpot after the draw on Wednesday 13th January 2016 saw three ticket holders split a top prize of US$1.58 billion.
Wednesday 7th December 2016
A player has to match all five main numbers and the single Powerball number to win the Powerball jackpot, with the top prize often hitting nine figures due to regular rollovers. There are also plenty of other prizes to be won and it is possible to scoop a cash reward just by matching the Powerball. The table below illustrates the prizes on offer and the odds of winning each one:
|Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning||Prize|
|5 main numbers + Powerball||1 in 292,201,338||Jackpot|
|5 main numbers||1 in 11,688,053.52||$1 million|
|4 main numbers + Powerball||1 in 913,129.18||$50,000|
|4 main numbers||1 in 36,525.16||$100|
|3 main numbers + Powerball||1 in 14,494.11||$100|
|3 main numbers||1 in 579.76||$7|
|2 main numbers + Powerball||1 in 701.33||$7|
|1 main number + Powerball||1 in 91.98||$4|
|Powerball only||1 in 38.32||$4|
The odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 24.87, which is down from 1 in 31.84 since changes were made to the game in October 2015.
For an extra fee, players can take advantage of a Power Play feature which multiples any non-jackpot Powerball reward. This feature gives players the chance to win much bigger prizes. Anyone matching five main numbers with the Power Play option, regardless of the actual number drawn, will instantly win US$2 million, double the prize money offered for non-Power Play winners. All other non-jackpot prizes will be increased by a multiple of 2, 3, 4 or 5 times, depending on a number that is randomly generated during the draw. When the advertised jackpot is less than US$150 million, a 10x multiplier can come into effect.
On Wednesday 13th January 2016, three tickets shared a record-breaking US$1.58 billion jackpot. The winning players were Marvin and Mae Acosta of California, Lisa and John Robinson from Tennessee and Florida’s Nickel 95 Trust, represented by Maureen Smith. The previous top jackpot was US$590.5 million, which was won on 18th May 2013 by Gloria MacKenzie of Florida.
Mega Millions also offers massive jackpots twice a week, and you can find out more about America’s other huge multistate lottery at the dedicated page.