How to Play Powerball

Powerball drawings are held in Tallahassee, Florida at 22.59 EST on Wednesdays and Saturdays. To play, you must select five main numbers between 1 and 69 and choose one Powerball from 1 to 26. You can also add the Power Play option to your ticket for a small additional fee, multiplying any non-jackpot wins you receive. To win the Powerball jackpot, you must match the five main numbers and the Powerball number drawn. There are nine ways to win, with prizes starting from $4 for matching just the Powerball. See the Powerball Prizes page for a full list of the nine ways you could win a prize.

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.

Play Powerball at an Authorized Retailer

Powerball tickets are sold in participating retailers in 44 states across the U.S., Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. You can locate your nearest retailer by contacting your local lottery office.

To play, simply fill out a play slip with your chosen numbers or mark the Quick Pick option. If you would like to add Power Play, mark ‘Yes’ next to the Power Play option as shown on the play slip. The price of a Powerball ticket is $2 and with Power Play, it is a total of $3. If you make an error on the slip, select the ‘void’ option and if you wish, you can play up to 26 consecutive draws by marking the relevant box under ‘Multi Draw’.

Play Powerball from Overseas

Players from overseas can take part too. To get started, you need to register online. Once you have set up an account, you can then choose your numbers.

Claim a Powerball Prize

In general, retailers can 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. Find out more about how to claim by visiting the How to Claim Winnings page.

If you played online, prizes are paid directly into your player account.

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. View the different tax rates for each jurisdiction here.