Current Jackpot: $262,000,000
How To Play the Powerball Lottery
It's easy to play the Powerball Lottery!
This is one of the largest and most popular lotto games in the world today and it has created many multi-millionaires. So, if you want to have a chance at becoming an instant millionaire yourself, maybe it's time you started buying tickets. Not to worry, even if you have never played a lottery game in your life, you can do this. It isn't rocket science and the purchase of even one ticket could make all of your dreams come true.
We'll look at the process of playing the Powerball step-by-step.
Steps to Playing the Powerball Lottery
First, you need to purchase a ticket from an authorised retailer or buy Powerball tickets online.
Select five numbers between 1 and 69.
You also need to choose a Powerball number from 1 to 26.
Powerball players may also choose to have the numbers generated randomly by the computer. This is called a Quick Pick and is a great way to play. You may prefer to select your lottery numbers yourself. Some people play the same numbers with every ticket they purchase and there is nothing wrong with that.
Sign the back of your ticket. If the ticket is unsigned, anyone can claim your prize. Secure your winning ticket in a cool and dry place. Don't forget to check and see if you are a winner!
If you find out that your ticket is a winning one, congratulations! All you need to do next is to claim your lottery winning.
Did you know? - Powerball tip of the Month
In 32% of the drawings (31 of 95), the Power ball is either lower than the lowest white ball of that drawing (20 times), or higher than the highest white ball of that drawing (11 times).
How do I Win a Powerball Prize?
To win the Powerball jackpot, you must match all five white numbers plus the red Powerball. The odds of doing so are approximately 1-in-175 million. As in other lottery games, lesser amounts of prize money may be won by matching fewer numbers. There are 9 different ways to win a Powerball prize. Read more…
What is Power Play? How Can it Raise my Winnings?
For an extra $1 per Powerball play, you can multiply your prize. Starting from January 4, 2009, the Powerball rules have changed and Powerplay will now always draw a "5-Times" for the second prize (when you matched 5 white numbers, but didn't match the Powerball number). It means that when you win the second prize and have also purchased the Power Play option, your $200,000 will automatically become $1 million, paid in cash. The Power Play option will still offer the chance of drawing the multipliers 2X, 3X, 4X, or 5X for the other set prize levels, but the second prize will never be less than 5X.
What Are the Payout Options if I Win the Powerball Jackpot?
Can't decide how you want the money if you win? That's OK. With Powerball you have 60 days to decide whether you want the entire winning as an annuity paid out over a 25-year period or roughly half the amount paid immediately in cash.
Either way you go, you can't go wrong!