Powerball® is a combined large jackpot game and a cash game.
Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time, we draw five white balls
out of a drum with 69 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 26 red balls. Draw sales cut off at least 59 minutes before the draw, but a state may cut off sales earlier. Check for local cut-off time.
Players win by matching one of the 9 Ways to Win. The jackpot (won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball) is either an annuitized prize paid out over 29 years (30 payments) or a lump sum payment. Each ticket costs $2.
If the winner chooses the annuity, the annual payment will be increased each year
by the percentage set out in the Powerball game rules.
The second prize (won by matching five white balls in any order) is $1,000,000 paid
in cash. Any time you match the red Powerball, you win a prize. The overall odds of
winning a prize in the game are approximately 1 in 25.
Power Play® is a special feature that allows a winner to increase the original prize amount. Powerball players winning any prize other than the jackpot will win a larger cash prize. The Match 5+0 prize with Power Play option grows to $2,000,000. The Power Play option costs $1 and must be selected when you buy your Powerball ticket. As with any lottery prize, if an extremely popular number is drawn and there is not enough money in the prize pools or reserves to cover it, we may need to reduce the prize.
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