Powerball Lottery Game
Looking for Powerball Lottery Game? Powerball is an American lottery game offered by 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), a nonprofit organization formed by an agreement with lobbyists and US corporations. Drawings for Powerball are held every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time, at Universal Studios in Orlando, with Sam Arlen, Michelle Liles and Laura Johnson as hosts. The drawings are audited by Carol and Company.
Since October 7, 2015, the game has used a 5/69 (white balls) + 1/26 (Powerballs) matrix from which winning numbers are chosen, resulting in odds of 1 in 292,201,338 of winning a jackpot per play. Each play costs $2 or $3 with the Power Play option (originally, Powerball plays cost $1; when PowerPlay began, such games were $2.). The official cutoff for ticket sales is 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time; some lotteries cut off sales earlier. The drawings are held at the Florida Lottery’s studio in Tallahassee. Powerball’s minimum advertised jackpot is $20 million (annuity); Powerball’s annuity is paid in 30 graduated installments or winners may choose a lump sum payment instead. One lump sum payment will be less than the total of the 30 annual payments because of the time value of money and also because one check for a much larger sum will be taxed at a greater rate than 30 checks each at a much lower sum will be taxed.
On January 13, 2016, Powerball produced the largest lottery jackpot in history; the $1.586 billion jackpot was split by three tickets sold in Chino Hills, California, in Munford, Tennessee, and in Melbourne Beach, Florida.
When it was launched in 1992 Powerball became the first game to use two drums. Using two drums to draw numbers from offers more manipulation by simultaneously allowing high jackpot odds, numerous prize levels and low overall odds of winning (as explained later, a ticket can win by matching only one number). The two-drum concept was suggested by Steve Caputo of the Oregon Lottery. The two-drum concept has since been used by The Big Game (now Mega Millions) in the US, Australia’s Powerball, Thunderball in the UK, Eurojackpot and EuroMillions.
Through 2008, Powerball drawings usually were held at Screenscape Studios in West Des Moines, Iowa. The drawings’ host was longtime Iowa radio personality Mike Pace, who had hosted MUSL drawings since Lotto America began in 1988. In 1996, Powerball went “on the road” for the first time, holding five remote drawings at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. A few weeks later, Georgia became the only jurisdiction to leave Powerball (Maine, which joined MUSL in 1990, left when Powerball began). In August 1996, Georgia joined the then-new The Big Game, then the other major U.S. lottery group. It planned to sell tickets for both games for the rest of 1996; but within days Georgia was removed from MUSL, not to return until the 2010 cross-sell expansion.
On November 2, 1997, the annuity was changed from 20 to 25 yearly payments; the cash option was added. The annuity comprises 30 graduated payments, increasing 5% annually.
In 1998, Florida was given permission by its government to participate in a multi-state game. It was set to offer Powerball; but in early 1999, new governor Jeb Bush prevented Florida from joining since he believed Powerball would hurt the existing Florida Lottery games. In 2008, Governor Charlie Crist finally allowed Florida to join MUSL, on Jan 4, 2009.
On March 7, 2001, an optional multiplier (called Power Play) was added, allowing players to multiply non-jackpot winnings by up to five by paying an extra $1 per game. A wheel was introduced to select the Power Play multiplier for each drawing (the next year, the 1x was removed from the Power Play wheel.)
When do Powerball draws take place?
Draws occur on every Wednesday and Saturday around 10:59 p.m. ET.
Where are Powerball draws held?
Powerball draws are held at the Multi-State Lottery Association head office in Tallahassee, Florida.
Where can you play Powerball?
Powerball can be played in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
How do you play Powerball?
Players pick five numbers from 1 to 69 plus a Powerball number from 1 to 26. Players can also choose the Power Play, which can multiply any non-jackpot winnings.
What is the Power Ball number?
It’s the sixth number on your ticket, ranging between 1 and 26. Matching it wins you at least $4.
What is the Powerball Quick Pick option?
The Quick Pick option uses a computer to randomly select numbers for your ticket.
What is Power Play?
Power Play multiplies all non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10, depending on the multiplier number selected before the draw. Power Play is available in all U.S. states except California.
Is it possible to claim my Powerball winnings in a different jurisdiction than the one where I purchased the winning ticket?
No, all prizes must be claimed in the same jurisdiction as they were bought.
How is the Powerball jackpot paid out?
Jackpot winners have the option of receiving their prize as an annuity or a cash lump sum. In the annuity option, prizes are split into 30 installments paid over 29 years.
Why is the jackpot’s cash lump sum less than the annuity option?
The annuity is invested in government bonds over 29 years, allowing annual payments to increase by 5%.
How can I check if I won a Powerball prize?
You can check the latest numbers on our Powerball page, or use our Powerball number checker.
There are nine ways to win the Powerball lottery.
Eight of the Powerball prizes are set cash amounts in all jurisdictions, except in California where all the prizes are pari-mutuel.
Currently, the Powerball jackpot does not have a minimum starting value. The starting value of the jackpot depends entirely on ticket sales and interest rates.
48 jurisdictions participate in the Powerball lottery. This includes 45 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
You must be 18 or older to play, except for in Louisiana, Iowa, and Arizona, where players must be 21 or older, and Nebraska, where players must be 19 or older.
You can claim a Powerball jackpot prize as a lump sum or as an annuity payment over 29 years (30 guaranteed payments).
The advertised jackpot amount is always the annuity sum before tax.
The Power Play option multiplies all non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 times.
The x10 multiplier is available only when the jackpot is $150 million or less.
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