To play Powerball, you must select five main numbers between 1 and 69 and choose one Powerball from 1 to 26. The price of a Powerball ticket is $2 and you can also add the Power Play option to your ticket for an additional $1, multiplying any non-jackpot winnings 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.
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. Here is a brief guide on how to fill in your playslip:
Pick up a Playslip. To play, simply visit your local authorized retailer and pick up a playslip. The price of each game is $2.
Select your numbers. If you are choosing your own numbers, select five main numbers from 1 to 69 and one number from 1 to 26 for each game that you want to play. Alternatively, you can mark the ‘Quick Pick’ option, and the computer will randomly select numbers for you.
Add the Power Play option. If you would like to add Power Play, mark ‘Yes’ next to the Power Play option as shown on the play slip.
I have made an error. If you make an error on the slip, select the ‘void’ option. Do not try to erase the error.
Enter multiple draws. You can play up to 26 consecutive draws by marking the relevant box under ‘Multi Draw’ / ‘Numbers of Draws.’
Tickets cannot be cancelled. You should check your tickets to make sure that the numbers and date printed are correct, before leaving the retailer where you have purchased your Powerball ticket.
If you need further 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.
You can buy tickets seven days a week until the cut-off time on the night of the drawings. The cut-off time for ticket sales varies for each state and is approximately one hour before each drawing. To avoid queues, buy your tickets early, especially when the jackpot reaches record amounts.
Power Play is an optional add-on that costs $1 per play. If you win a prize with Power Play, any non-jackpot winnings on your Powerball ticket are multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 (10x Power Play multiplier is only possibly when the jackpot is an estimated $150 million or less). The Match 5 with Power Play prize is always $2 million, regardless of which Power Play number is drawn. You can view the expected payouts for Power Play prizes on the Powerball Prizes page.
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.