US Powerball

Powerball is played in 44 states and three jurisdictions across the USA and is one of the largest lotteries in the world, offering a starting jackpot of US$40 million (approximately ₹2.6 billion). Powerball draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday night in Tallahassee, Florida, and the game is famous for regularly offering jackpots in excess of US$300 million (approximately ₹19.9 billion) due to frequent rollovers. The record Powerball jackpot stands at $1.58 billion (₹106.9 billion), which was shared by three ticket holders from California, Florida and Tennessee in the draw on Wednesday 13th January 2016.

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How to Play Powerball

Players must select five numbers from 1 to 69 and another Powerball number from 1 to 26 when they buy a ticket. In order to win the Powerball jackpot, players must match all five main balls plus the Powerball. In addition to the jackpot, there are eight further prize tiers offering set cash prizes for matching fewer numbers. The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.87.

Players can also add Power Play to their game for a small additional fee, which will increase all non-jackpot winnings.

The Power Play multiplier is drawn separately after the main game and offers players the chance to multiply winnings in the third to ninth prize tiers by between 2 and 5, depending on which Power Play number is drawn. In October 2015, a 10x Power Play multiplier was introduced in draws in which the jackpot is worth US$150 million or less. The second prize tier, which offers a set reward of US$1 million for matching five main numbers, is doubled to US$2 million for those who chose to add the feature to their game, regardless of the Power Play number drawn.

How to Play Powerball from India

Players from India are now able to play Powerball or Powerball with Power Play by using an online ticket concierge service. Visit the How to Play page for more information on taking part in Powerball from overseas.

There are nine different ways to win a prize in the main Powerball game and these range from matching just the Powerball to matching all five numbers plus the Powerball. The table below shows the winning prize tiers:

Powerball Prizes & Odds of Winning

Prize Lowest Ever
win in $
Lowest Ever
win in ₹
Highest Ever
Prize Amount
Highest Ever
Prize in ₹
Average Prize
Amount
Per Draw
Average Prize
Amount Per
Draw in ₹
Odds
of Winning
Match 5 plus Powerball $16,666,667 ₹1.1 billion $949,800,000 ₹63.4 billion $120,660,275 ₹8.1 billion 1 in 292,201,338.00
Match 5 $200,000 ₹13.3 million $2,000,000 ₹133.4 million $952,548 ₹63.6 million 1 in 11,688,053.52
Match 4 plus Powerball $10,000 ₹667,233 $50,000 ₹3.3 million $20,123 ₹1.3 million 1 in 913,129.18
Match 4 $100.00 ₹6,672 $708.00 ₹47,240 $101.07 ₹6,744 1 in 36,525.16
Match 3 plus Powerball $100.00 ₹6,672 $100.00 ₹6,672 $100.00 ₹6,672 1 in 14,494.11
Match 3 $7.00 ₹467 $7.00 ₹467 $7.00 ₹467 1 in 579.76
Match 2 plus Powerball $7.00 ₹467 $7.00 ₹467 $7.00 ₹467 1 in 701.32
Match 1 plus Powerball $4.00 ₹267 $4.00 ₹267 $4.00 ₹267 1 in 91.97
Match 0 plus Powerball $3.00 ₹200 $4.00 ₹267 $3.94 ₹263 1 in 38.32
Match 5 (with Power Play) $400,000 ₹26.7 million $2,000,000 ₹133.4 million $1,917,168 ₹127.9 million -
Match 4 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $20,000 ₹1.3 million $40,000,000 ₹2.7 billion $128,204 ₹8.6 million -
Match 4 (with Power Play) $200.00 ₹13,345 $500.00 ₹33,362 $248.33 ₹16,569 -
Match 3 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $200.00 ₹13,345 $500.00 ₹33,362 $248.33 ₹16,569 -
Match 3 (with Power Play) $14.00 ₹934 $35.00 ₹2,335 $17.38 ₹1,160 -
Match 2 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $14.00 ₹934 $35.00 ₹2,335 $17.38 ₹1,160 -
Match 1 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $8.00 ₹534 $20.00 ₹1,334 $11.41 ₹761 -
Match 0 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $6.00 ₹400 $20.00 ₹1,334 $11.19 ₹747 -

Overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 24.87.


Power Play odds when 10x Multiplier is in Place (Jackpot Worth $150 Million or Less):

Power Play Multiplier Odds
10x 1 in 43
5x 1 in 21.5
4x 1 in 14.33
3x 1 in 3.31
2x 1 in 1.79

Power Play odds when 10x Multiplier is not in Place (Jackpot Worth More than £150 Million):

Power Play Multiplier Odds
5x 1 in 21
4x 1 in 14
3x 1 in 3.23
2x 1 in 1.75

Largest Powerball Jackpots

Powerball is world famous for the huge jackpots it offers to players. Here are the five biggest prizes paid out in the course of the game’s history.

Amount Date Winner
$1.58 billion (₹106.9 billion) 13th January 2016 Three ticket holders from Florida, California and Tennessee
$590.5 million (₹39.3 billion) 18th May 2013 Gloria MacKenzie of Florida
$587.5 million (₹39.1 billion) 28th November 2012 Matthew Good of Arizona and Cindy & Mark Hill of Missouri
$564.1 million (₹37.5 billion) 11th February 2015 Marie Holmes of North Carolina, TL Management Trust of Texas and an anonymous player from Puerto Rico
$448.4 million (₹29.8 billion) 7th August 2013 Paul White of Minnesota, Ocean’s 16 of New Jersey and Mario Scarnici of New Jersey

Powerball FAQs

  1. Can I Play Powerball from India?
  2. How Do I Play Powerball from India?
  3. What is Power Play?
  4. Can I Play Powerball with Power Play from India?
  1. Can I Play Powerball from Any Indian State?
  2. How do I collect Powerball winnings?
  3. How Long Do I Have to Collect My Powerball Winnings?
  4. Is There Any Tax to Pay on Powerball Prizes?
  5. Do I Need to Pay a Fee to Collect Powerball Winnings?

Answers


1. Can I Play Powerball from India?

Yes, you can play Powerball from India or anywhere else in the world by using a lottery ticket concierge service. Learn more about the service at the How to Play page.

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2. How Do I Play Powerball from India?

Simply visit the Lottery Tickets page and click on "Click Here to Play Now" button in the Powerball section. Players must choose five numbers between 1 and 69 followed by one Powerball number from a second pool of numbers between 1 and 26. Players may, if they wish, then choose to play Power Play for a small additional fee.

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3. What is Power Play?

After the main Powerball draw has taken place, a separate Power Play number will be drawn. Every player who has opted to add Power Play to their ticket and has won a prize in the third to ninth prize tiers will see their standard prize multiplied by the number drawn, while winners in the second prize tier will see their winnings doubled to US$2 million whatever the Power Play ball. A Power Play of 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x is available in all draws, while a 10x Power Play multiplier can appear in draws where the jackpot is worth US$150 million or less. The Power Play feature does not apply to jackpot winnings.

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4. Can I Play Powerball with Power Play from India?

Yes, simply tick the Power Play box after choosing your main numbers. An additional fee is charged to include Power Play on your ticket.

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5. Can I Play Powerball from Any Indian State?

Yes. Indian lottery laws only apply to lotteries operating within India and do not apply to Indian citizens playing lotteries that operate in other countries.

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6. How Do I Collect Powerball Winnings?

When you play Powerball through a lottery concierge service, any smaller non-jackpot prizes you win are automatically paid into your online account, which can then be used either to buy more lottery tickets or withdrawn via your chosen method of payment.

For larger prizes or jackpot wins, you will be contacted to arrange a meeting with the lottery concierge service local office where you will receive your winning ticket in the presence of the office manager. A legal team will be present to guide you through the process of collecting your prize.

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7. How Long Do I Have to Collect My Powerball Winnings?

Should you be lucky enough to win a prize, you will be informed of your win via text message or email shortly after the draw takes place. Small winnings are transferred immediately to your lottery ticket concierge account for you to spend again or withdraw. In the event that you win a larger prize, you will be contacted by a representative of the lottery concierge service, who will guide you through the process of claiming your prize, with the length of time allowed for claims dependent on the US state in which the agent bought the ticket.

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8. Is There Any Tax to Pay on Powerball Prizes?

Powerball prizes are subject to US federal taxes for overseas players, as well as any state taxes that apply, whether you opt for the annuity amount paid over 30 years or the lump sum cash alternative. As taxation issues can be complex and can vary depending on an individual’s circumstances and place of residence, it is recommended that players get independent advice from an international tax specialist should they need it.

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9. Do I Need to Pay a Fee to Collect Powerball Winnings?

No. Playing via the lottery concierge service means you receive 100% of any prize amounts won (after a tax withholding). The concierge service adds a small fee onto the price of every lottery ticket sold to cover its operating costs, meaning every prize you win is entirely yours to keep.

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Mega Jackpots

The US Powerball jackpot broke the $1 billion barrier for the first time in January 2016 following a series of rollovers and an enormous demand for tickets. It eventually hit $1.58 billion (₹106.9 billion) and was shared by three ticket holders from Tennessee, California and Florida on Wednesday 13th January 2016. Previously, the largest jackpot ever won on Powerball was worth US$590.5 million and was scooped by Florida resident Gloria MacKenzie in May 2013, who still holds the record for the biggest win on a single ticket.

Winners of the Powerball jackpot have a choice to take their winnings either in one single lump sum amount or in an annuity payout, where the total amount of the jackpot is awarded in 30 payments over 29 years.

Another reason why Powerball is played by so many lottery fans across the world is the fixed second-tier prize of US$1 million, which is awarded for matching the five main numbers drawn. Such a large non-jackpot sum is very rare compared to other lotteries and ultimately makes Powerball an extremely popular lottery to play. Apart from the jackpot, all the other prize tiers are also guaranteed, meaning you will receive the advertised amount no matter how many other players match the same number of balls as you.