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Frequently Asked Questions about the Powerball Lottery

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1. When do Powerball drawings take place?

Powerball drawings take place every Wednesday and Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida at approximately 22.59 EST. To find out more about how to play Powerball click here.

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2. What time do Powerball ticket sales close?

Ticket sales close approximately an hour before the draw, but cut off times may vary between states. Players are advised to check exact times with their state lottery provider.

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3. How do I win a Powerball Prize?

To win the jackpot, players must match five numbers from a possible 69 plus the Powerball, which is drawn from a separate pool from 1 to 26. There are nine prize tiers in total, starting with $4 for matching just the Powerball right up to the multimillion-dollar jackpot.

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4. Can I play Powerball if I do not live in the USA?

Yes, you can buy Powerball tickets even if you don't live in the United States. This is done by using a lottery concierge service, where agents in participating states are employed on behalf of those who want to play from abroad. Once you have selected your numbers and made your order, one of these agents will purchase a ticket for you and send a scanned copy to your online account. The ticket is safely stored away and then checked after the drawing, with any prizes paid into your online account.

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5. I live in a U.S. state which doesn't sell Powerball tickets. Can I still play?

Yes. If you live in a state which does not participate in Powerball, you will have to travel to buy an official ticket from an authorised retailer in any of the 47 states or jurisdictions which sell tickets.

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6. If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?

Depending on the state, players have between 90 to 365 days to claim their prize if they have won a prize. If you purchase a Powerball ticket via a lottery concierge service, you will be automatically notified of a win by email.

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7. How old do I have to be to play Powerball?

Most states require players to be over 18, but Nebraska requires players to be aged 19 or older. Players purchasing tickets in Arizona, Iowa or Louisiana must be 21 years old.

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8. Are Powerball winnings taxable?

The Powerball jackpot, as well as larger prizes, will be subject to federal taxes, as well as state taxes where applicable. You should speak with a tax professional if you win a large Powerball prize to determine what your tax burden might be.

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9. What are the odds of winning a prize on Powerball?

The odds of winning a prize on the Powerball are 1 in 24.87 and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.

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10. Does Powerball have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?

The guaranteed minimum jackpot is $40 million.

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11. Does Powerball have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

No, the jackpot will roll over until a player is able to match all five numbers and the Powerball.

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12. What is the biggest jackpot ever won on the Powerball?

The biggest Powerball jackpot on record was worth $1.58 billion and was won by three ticket holders from California, Florida and Tennessee on Wednesday, January 13th 2016. John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee, David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach, Florida and Marvin and Mae Acosta of Chino Hills, California all received $528.8 million before taxes. Each of the winners chose a lump sum of $327.8 million.

For more information on some of Powerball's largest prize winners, including a state-by-state breakdown of where each jackpot winning ticket was purchased, visit the Winners page.

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13. When is the next Powerball draw?

The next Powerball draw is on the Sat 10th December.

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14. What is the current value of the Powerball jackpot?

The next Powerball jackpot is estimated at $.

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15. Does Powerball have a Quick Pick feature?

Yes, Powerball players are able to opt for a Quick Pick. Alternatively, players can visit the Powerball Number Generator for the chance to view various number combinations before purchasing their ticket.

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16. What is the Power Play?

The Power Play is an additional option included alongside the main Powerball game and gives players, from all participating states excluding California, the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes. The Match 5 prize is doubled from $1 million to $2 million with the Power Play option and all other non-jackpot prizes are increased by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times, depending on which Power Play ball is drawn after the main draw. There is also a 10x multiplier available when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less.

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17. Why is Power Play not available in California?

By law, all Californian lottery prizes must be pari-mutuel and the Power Play option cannot be applied to pari-mutuel prizes.

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18. Where can I find previous Powerball numbers?

Information for the last five Powerball drawings can be found on the Powerball Numbers page, while a full archive of numbers dating back to the very first drawing in 1992 is also available in the Powerball Archive.

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