How to Play Powerball
Playing Powerball provides nine chances to win in every drawing, with the jackpot starting at $40 million and soon growing into nine or even ten figures due to rollovers.
To play Powerball, on each line you must:
- Select five main numbers between 1 and 69.
- Choose one Powerball from 1 to 26.
You can also add Power Play to your ticket for a small additional fee, multiplying any non-jackpot wins you might receive if you match the Power Play number drawn.
For help picking your numbers, you can use the Number Generator, which will create a random selection for you, or you can take a look at the Powerball Statistics if you would like to choose your numbers based on their historical performances.
Playing Powerball from Overseas
Powerball tickets are available from retailers in 47 US jurisdictions, but players from overseas can take part too thanks to lottery concierge services. Select the "Play Now" banner above to visit the concierge website, where you can choose your numbers for the next Powerball drawing.
The service will buy the tickets on your behalf in the US and upload scans of them to your player account, before storing the slips in a safe until the drawing is made.
How to Win Powerball
Drawings are held in Tallahassee, Florida at 10:59 PM EST on Wednesdays and Saturdays and prizes are won for matching just the Powerball itself right up to matching all five main numbers and the Powerball. See the Powerball Prizes page for a full list of the nine ways you could win a prize.
Claiming a Powerball Prize
In general, retailers are able to pay prizes of up to $600 in cash throughout most participating states. Above that value, the rules for claiming a Powerball prize vary from state to state, and it is worth noting that you must claim your prize in the state in which your ticket was purchased.
Jackpot winners can choose to receive their winnings as a cash sum or can select an annuity option. The cash sum is lower than the advertised jackpot because it represents the amount of money available at the moment due to ticket sales. The annuity option, paid out in 30 payments over the course of 29 years (one payment is made shortly after claiming the prize), guarantees that the winner will receive the full amount advertised at the time they won. The Cash vs Annuity page has more details on the pros and cons of both options.
If you played through an online lottery concierge service, non-jackpot prizes are paid into your player account. If you hit the top prize, the concierge service will contact you to guide you through the claims process and may arrange for you to visit the state in which the ticket was bought to collect the winnings in person.
Tax on Powerball Prizes
Powerball winners are liable for taxes on larger prizes, with the total amount deducted depending on the state in which they bought the ticket and sometimes even the city too. It's important to check with a tax official in your jurisdiction to discover what you might owe on a big Powerball win.