Powerball is an American lottery that can also be enjoyed in India. One of the biggest lotteries in the world, US Powerball offers a gigantic jackpot three times a week. The top prize increases every time it is not won, leading to some record-breaking payouts. In 2022, Powerball created the biggest world lottery jackpot win of all time. Draws are held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night in Tallahassee, Florida. The game is played by millions of players across the US but is also popular in other countries such as India.
How to Play Powerball from India
To play Powerball, you must pick five numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26. If you’re in India, you’ll need to choose your numbers online through a service such as LotteryWorld.com, which is fully licensed and regulated. Follow the steps below to take part:
- Select the 'Play' button above or from the Lottery Tickets page
- Choose your Powerball numbers. You can select your own or go for a Quick Pick for a random set
- Complete your selections. Enter as many sets of numbers as you like, pick which draw days to play and how many weeks to enter
- Purchase your entries. It costs ₹300 per entry
The ticket price for Powerball on LotteryWorld is in line with what you have to pay to take part in Indian Bumper Lotteries. Unlike domestic Bumper Draws, though, Powerball puts up jackpots that are far larger.
You’ll need to register for an online account before your payment is finalised. Once this has been done, all you need to do is wait for the draw to take place. This happens every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in the US, which is Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday morning in India.
The main advantage of playing online is that your numbers are kept safe and you will never miss out on a prize. You’ll be notified by email if you win and prizes will be paid straight into your account. You can withdraw the money or pay to enter future games. Even if you win the jackpot, the prize is insured so you are guaranteed to receive it. You will be contacted directly and guided through what to do before the money can be wired to your bank account.
Powerball Prize Structure
There are nine different ways to win a prize in the main Powerball game. These awards range from matching just the Powerball to matching all five numbers plus the Powerball. The table below shows the winning prize categories and the corresponding amounts that can be own in the US.
|Prize Category||Prize Amount||Odds of Winning|
|Match 5 + Powerball||Jackpot||1 in 292,201,338|
|Match 5||$1 million||1 in 11,688,054|
|Match 4 + Powerball||$50,000||1 in 913,129|
|Match 4||$100||1 in 36,525|
|Match 3 + Powerball||$100||1 in 14,494|
|Match 3||$7||1 in 580|
|Match 2 + Powerball||$7||1 in 701|
|Match 1 + Powerball||$4||1 in 92|
|Match 0 + Powerball||$4||1 in 38|
|The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 25.|
Biggest 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.
|$2.04 billion (₹166.8 billion)||7th November 2022||One player from California won the jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena.|
|$1.58 billion (₹106.9 billion)||13th January 2016||John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee, Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt of Melbourne beach, Florida and Marvin and Mae Acosta of Chino Hills, California|
|$768 million (₹55 billion)||27th March 2019||Manuel Franco from Wisconsin|
|$758.7 million (₹48.6 billion)||23rd August 2017||Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts|
|$731 million (₹52 billion)||20th January 2021||One Maryland winner|
1. Can I Play Powerball from India?
Yes, you can play Powerball from India or anywhere else in the world. Learn more about how to choose your numbers online by visiting the How to Play page.
2. How do I play Powerball from India?
Simply visit the Lottery Tickets page and select the 'Click Here to Play Now' button. Players must choose five numbers between 1 and 69 followed by one Powerball number from a second pool of numbers between 1 and 26.
3. What is Power Play?
Power Play is available for players in the US. After the main Powerball draw has taken place, a separate Power Play number is 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 $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 $150 million or less. The Power Play feature does not apply to jackpot winnings.
4. 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.
5. How do I collect Powerball winnings?
When you play Powerball online, winnings are automatically paid into your player account. These winnings can then be used either to buy more lottery tickets or withdrawn via your chosen method of payment.
6. 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.
7. Is there any tax to pay on Powerball prizes?
Tax is not withheld from your prize when you win, but you may be liable to income tax depending on the value and your personal circumstances.
8. Do I need to pay a fee to collect Powerball winnings?
No. Playing online means you receive 100% of any prize amounts won.