How to Play Powerball

Playing Powerball provides nine chances to win in every draw, 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 receive.

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 is played in 44 states across the U.S., Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. However, players from overseas can take part too.

How to Win Powerball

Drawings are held in Tallahassee, Florida at 22.59 EST on Wednesdays and Saturdays. To win the Powerball jackpot, you must match five main numbers between 1 and 69 and one Powerball drawn from a separate pool of 26. However, there are nine ways to win, with prizes starting at $4 for matching just 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 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.