Where and How to Play

The Powerball Lottery is coordinated by the government-benefit Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). They are a not-for-profit organisation and have been formed in agreement with US Lotteries. Powerball can be played in forty-four US states, in Puerto Rico, Colombia and the Virgin Islands. Powerball draws are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. ET in Florida. Deadlines for sales are between one and two hours before the draw. The Powerball draws can be watched on YouTube.

The Powerball Lottery costs two dollars per play. For the white balls, players select five numbers between one and 69. An additional number between one and 26 is chosen for the red Powerball. Numbers are chosen on a play-slip, or the player has the option of allowing the lottery terminal to pick the numbers randomly.

Jackpots start at 40 million dollars, but they grow steadily. Players win a prize by matching numbers in one of nine different possible winning combinations. Prizes increase with the number of matches. Players play Powerball to match five white balls and the Powerball to win the Jackpot.

For an additional one dollar, players can add Powerplay to their Powerball purchase. This feature can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to ten times. The multiplier is randomly chosen before each draw. The 10x multiplier is only activated when the jackpot is below one-hundred and fifty million dollars. The Powerplay prize for matching five is always two million dollars.

With the Multi-Draw option, players can play the same set of numbers in multiple consecutive draws. The number of times to play can be selected on the play-slip in the Multi-Draw or Advance Play section. Alternatively, players can tell their retailer how many times they wish to play.

The chances of winning any of the monetary prizes in the Powerball Lottery are 1:24.9, no matter what the jackpot is. The odds also stay the same, even if there are more play-slips sold for a particular draw.