Powerball is a world-famous lottery game played across the United
Powerball is played in 45 states plus the District of Columbia, the US
Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The only states that do not participate in
Powerball are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
Powerball draws are held twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays at
22:59 US Eastern Time.
Tickets cost $2.00 each.
To play Powerball, choose five numbers between 1 and 69 and
a Powerball number between 1 and 26, or take a Quick Pick for
randomly selected numbers.
In most participating states, players can add Power Play to their ticket for
an extra $1.00 to multiply the odds of winning prizes by up to ten times (not
including the jackpot)!
Powerball has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of $40 million;
however, this was temporarily reduced to $20 million in 2020 as a result of the
The biggest ever winning Powerball jackpot was $1.586 billionshared by three
lucky winners on January 13, 2016, which is also the world's biggest ever
winning lottery jackpot.
The biggest ever single-ticket Powerball jackpot was $768.4 million, won on
March 27, 2019.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.
Players can win prizes at nine different tiers, with overall odds of winning
a prize at 1 in 25.
Players have between 180 and 365 days to claim Powerball prizes, depending
on the state in which the winning Powerball ticket was purchased.
Jackpot winners can receive a cash lump sum or take 30 annual payments.
All US lottery winnings over $600 are reported to the Inland Revenue
Service, with prizes over $5,000 having 25% of their value deducted for federal
Players in California, Delaware, Florida, Mississippi, New Hampshire, South
Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wyoming and the US Virgin Islands pay no
state taxes on lottery wins, with players in other participating Powerball
states paying between 2.9% and 8.82% state tax depending on their location,
while those living in New York City pay an additional 3.8% municipal tax.
Participants in Puerto Rico pay between 5% and 20% tax depending on how much
Overseas players should check local tax laws to find out if tax needs to be
paid at home.
Players must be at least 18 years of age to buy Powerball
tickets in most locations, with the following exceptions:
Powerball tickets can be purchased from authorized lottery retailers in all
participating states, with some state lotteries also selling Powerball tickets
via their official websites and mobile applications.
Players in non-participating states and from overseas can play Powerball on
Lottery Agent websites.
Powerball was previously known as Lotto America when it was first launched
in 1988, only for Lotto America to disappear and then relaunch in 2017 as a new
draw with a different format.
Powerball took its name in 1992, having undergone numerous format changes
over the years, most recently to its current format and the addition of the 10x
multiplier in October 2015.