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Powerball FAQs

If there's anything you need to know about Powerball, you can find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the game below, including how to play, how to buy tickets, why Power Play isn't available in California, and much more. If your question isn't answered here, head over to the Information page to find detailed guides and articles covering all aspects of Powerball.

When do drawings take place?
What time do ticket sales close?
Can I play in advance?
What is a Quick Pick?
What is the Power Play?
Why is Power Play not available in California?
How do I win a prize?
Is the jackpot shared if more than one person wins?
Do I need to match the winning numbers in the exact order they are drawn?
How is the jackpot calculated?
Can I play Powerball if I do not live in the USA?
I live in a U.S. state which doesn't sell Powerball tickets. Can I still play?
How do I claim prizes?
How long do I have to claim a prize?
I’ve lost my ticket – what do I do now?
What happens to unclaimed prizes?
How old do I have to be to play Powerball?
Are Powerball winnings taxable?
Where do the profits from ticket sales go?
What is a lottery pool?
What are the odds of winning a prize?
How many numbers are there in Powerball?
Does Powerball have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?
Is it easier to win Powerball when the jackpot is lower?
Does Powerball have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?
What is the biggest jackpot ever won on the Powerball?
Which numbers are most likely to win?
How can I win Powerball, guaranteed?
How much does it cost to buy a ticket?
Where can I check my tickets?
Where can I watch Powerball drawings?
What are the differences between cash and annuity when winning a jackpot prize?
Why is the jackpot less than advertised?
When will I receive my jackpot payment(s)?
Can I remain anonymous if I win the jackpot?
I have received an email saying that I have won a Powerball prize. Is it a scam?
When is the next draw?
What is the current value of the jackpot?