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US Powerball is renowned for its huge jackpots and once gave away a prize worth $1.58 billion - the biggest to have ever been seen anywhere in the world. The draw takes place in Florida every Wednesday and Saturday evening, but Powerball’s appeal is international and you can now enjoy the game from other countries. Find out how to play Powerball and win prizes.

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How to Play Powerball

While you can only buy tickets from authorised retailers in 48 US jurisdictions, you can also take part in Powerball online from other locations. Sign up to an online betting service such as Jackpot.com and place a bet on which numbers will be drawn. To take part, follow the instructions below:

  • Select five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26
  • Choose to enter just the next draw or multiple draws in a row
  • Purchase your entries and wait for the draw

Powerball Prizes

To win the Powerball jackpot, all of the numbers you have selected must match the winning numbers. If there are no winners in a draw, the top prize rolls over to the following game. It increases quickly from draw to draw and has climbed higher than $500 million several times in the past.

If you fail to match the full winning line, you can still pick up prizes for matching fewer numbers. There are nine categories altogether - the following table shows the value of prizes in each one and the odds of winning.

Prize Category Odds of Winning Prize Value
Match 5 + Powerball 1 in 292,201,338 Jackpot
Match 5 1 in 11,688,053 $1 million
Match 4 + Powerball 1 in 913,129 $50,000
Match 4 1 in 36,525 $100
Match 3 + Powerball 1 in 14,494 $100
Match 3 1 in 579 $7
Match 2 + Powerball 1 in 701 $7
Match 1 + Powerball 1 in 91 $4
Match Powerball 1 in 38 $4
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24

The jackpot can be claimed as a lump sum or as an annuity over 29 years. With the annuity option, you receive 30 annual payments which gradually increase over time until you have eventually received the full advertised amount. The lump sum is a lower value as it represents the cash value of the jackpot at the time you win.

Power Play

The Power Play feature gives you the chance to win much bigger prizes in the lower categories. The jackpot payout can’t be increased if you match all of the numbers, but win any other amount and it will be boosted.

A multiplier is selected at random alongside the main draw to determine how much your prize will be increased. The exception is the ‘Match 5’ category – if you win in the second tier your prize will be doubled to $2 million regardless of which Power Play number is selected.

All other non-jackpot prizes will be increased by a multiple of 2, 3, 4 or 5 times if you have added the Power Play and win. The following table shows the odds of each Power Play multiplier coming into effect:

Power Play Multiplier Odds of Being Drawn
2x 1 in 1.75
3x 1 in 3.23
4x 1 in 14
5x 1 in 21

When the advertised jackpot is less than $150 million, a 10x multiplier can come into effect. Here are the odds of each one being selected when the 10x multiplier is in the draw.

Power Play Multiplier Odds of Being Drawn
2x 1 in 1.79
3x 1 in 3.31
4x 1 in 14.33
5x 1 in 21.5
10x 1 in 43

Powerball Winners

Powerball holds the world record for the biggest lottery jackpot. On Wednesday 13th January 2016, three tickets shared $1.58 billion. 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. On 27th March 2019, Manuel Franco of Wisconsin landed the largest Powerball jackpot won on a single ticket. He claimed $768 million.