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How to play Powerball

Think of how to play Powerball in terms of colors and numbers. You must select numbers for five white balls and one red ball (the Powerball) for a total of six numbers. Click for a closer view of the playslip to learn more.

Here are the ways to play Powerball:

  • Choose your own numbers on a playslip. Pick five different numbers from 1 through 69; then, select one Powerball number from 1 through 26.
  • Or you can choose Easy Pick and let the computer choose your numbers
  • You can also use a combination of these play methods: Pick some of your favorite numbers, and let the computer fill in the rest.
  • Each play (six numbers) costs $2.
  • Powerball draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 11 p.m.

PowerPlay

PowerPlay is your chance to boost any non-jackpot prizes you win and it only costs an extra US $1 per ticket. The Power Play is drawn using a random number generator (RNG). One selection is made from a pool of 42 balls, each marked with a multiplier amount: 24 marked 2x, 13 marked 3x, three marked 4x, two marked 5x, and a single 10x multiplier which is added as well if the jackpot for that draw is below US $150 million.

If you win a non-jackpot prize in the main draw, and have selected the Power Play option on your ticket, then you are guaranteed to have your prize increased according to the multiple on the ball drawn — up to an impressive 10x. The only exception to this is if you match five numbers, when the increased prize is fixed at US $2 million.

Power Play Prizes

The table below shows how much your prize could be multiplied by in the additional Power Play game, which can be entered for an extra US$1:

Prize Tier Base Prize Amount Power Play x2 Power Play x3 Power Play x4 Power Play x5 Power Play x10
Match 5 + Power Play Jackpot
Match 4 + Powerball + Power Play $1 million $2 million $2 million $2 million $2 million $2 million
Match 4 + Power Play $50,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $500,000
Match 3 + Powerball + Power Play $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
Match 3 + Power Play $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
Match 2 + Powerball + Power Play $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
Match 1 + Powerball + Power Play $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
Match Powerball + Power Play $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
Match Powerball $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
*A Power Play Match 5 prize will be set at $2,000,000 regardless of the Power Play number drawn.

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

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

Big Lottery Service Winners

There are plenty of examples of people winning lotteries from different countries having used an online lottery service.

In May 2016 Matthias from Berlin won a staggering €22 million after betting on the outcome of Germany’s 6aus49 lottery. The 39-year-old IT consultant didn’t tell anyone for weeks as he couldn’t believe how much he had won. He’s now happily retired.

In February 2016, a winner from Cornwall, Ontario won US $1 million on Powerball using The Lotter, an online lottery messenger service. ‘P’ as he is known, was out watching his son play hockey when the draw happened only checking his numbers later that night to find out he was a winner. ‘P’ took the first flight out to New Jersey to collect his prize in person.

Back in 2012, two overseas players shared US $1.25 million won in the US, and in 2015, a player from Iraq claimed US $6.4 million on the Oregon Lottery. All three played using online lottery messenger services, and all three received the prize money they were entitled to — along with anonymity for the men from Iraq and Ontario.

Power Play

Power Play is an add-on feature that allows players to multiply their non-jackpot prizes, for just $1 more per play! With Power Play, players can win $2 million for matching the five white balls or multiply his/her other non-jackpot prizes two to five times when the advertised jackpot is over $150 million, and up to 10 times when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less. A player must choose the Power Play option on his/her POWERBALL playslip or tell the retailer that he/she wishes to purchase a Power Play ticket. The multiplier number will be selected just before the draw.

($2) POWERBALL

($1) POWER PLAY

On Jackpots upto $150 million

Match Base Game Odds X2 X3 X4 X5 X10
5 of 5 + PB *$20,000,000 1:292,201,338
5 of 5 $1,000,000 1:11,688,053.52 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000
4 of 5 + PB $50,000 1:913,129.18 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $500,000
4 of 5 $100 1:36,525.17 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
3 of 5 + PB $100 1:14,494.11 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
3 of 5 $7 1:579.76 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
2 of 5 + PB $7 1:701.33 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
1 of 5 + PB $4 1:91.98 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
Powerball $4 1:38.32 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
Overall 1:24.87

*Jackpots start at $20 million and roll over until won. The jackpot prize will be shared among jackpot winners in all POWERBALL states. All non-jackpot prizes are set payouts. If funds are insufficient to pay set prizes, non-jackpot prizes maybe paid on a pari-mutuel basis and could be lower than the amount shown.

How to Win

Prior to the official POWERBALL drawing conducted by MUSL, a Power Play multiplier number (between 2 and 5; 10 is included when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less) is selected and will be displayed during the draw, in which five out of 69 numbers (white balls) and a Powerball number between 1 and 26 (red ball) will be drawn at random. There are nine ways to win POWERBALL prizes by matching the winning numbers drawn in the official drawing for the date played. Match all five numbers plus the Powerball to win the jackpot or match any of the non-jackpot-winning combinations to win other great cash prizes!

All POWERBALL prizes are set payouts, except the jackpot. The jackpot prize will be shared among winners in all POWERBALL states. The jackpot will be paid in 30 annual payments or a one-time cash payment of a reduced amount. If there is no jackpot winner, the money in the jackpot pool rolls over to the next POWERBALL drawing.

All POWERBALL prizes must be claimed in the state where the ticket was purchased. POWERBALL prizes must be claimed within 180 days after the winning drawing date. Federal income taxes will be withheld from POWERBALL prizes as required by the Internal Revenue Code at the time payments are made. Any additional federal, state and/or local taxes shall be the responsibility of the winner. Prizes of up to $1 million may be claimed at a Florida Lottery district office. Prizes of more than $1 million must be claimed at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. Read more about claiming Lottery prizes.

How to Win Powerball

Now that you have your tickets, it’s time to wait for the twice-weekly drawings to see if your Powerball numbers come up. How do you win Powerball?

If you’ve matched all five numbers plus the Powerball number, you win the current jackpot. Congratulations! It’s important to note, however, that the Power Play multiplier doesn’t apply to jackpot wins.

According to Powerball rules, if you match five numbers but miss the Powerball, you can win $1 million (if you do not purchase Power Play) or $2 million (if you do purchase Power Play). Note that the Power Play multipliers do not apply here. Selecting Power Play just increases your win from $1 million to $2 million.

Without Power Play, four numbers plus the Powerball number wins $50,000. With Power Play, you can win between $100,000 and $250,000. Without the Powerball, matching four numbers wins between $100 and $500 — the same amount you’ll win if you match three balls and the Powerball.

Three balls by themselves, or two balls and the Powerball, wins between $7 and $35. One ball plus the Powerball or the Powerball by itself wins between $4 and $20.

If the annuity jackpot is equal to or more than $150 million, the 10x Power Play ball is removed from the drawing.

Go For Medium & Small Wins

When you wheel numbers in any lottery draw you give yourself multiple chances of winning multiple prizes. For example, if you are fortunate enough to pick all the correct numbers then you will win much more than just the 1 jackpot prize. Because the winning numbers you chose will come up on multiple lines (because you wheeled your numbers) you will have multiple entries with different combinations of those numbers on it. Thus you will win the jackpot, plus additional prizes.

For example, if you wheel 8 numbers and 6 of your numbers are in the winning numbers in a 6 from 49 game you will win 1 jackpot prize, plus at least 1 match 5 prize, multiple match 4 prizes and multiple match 3 prizes – thus increasing your overall winnings.

Obviously you will be more likely to only pick 5, 4 or 3 correct numbers but the principle remains the same; you will win multiple prizes and not just 1 when you have enough winning numbers in your wheel that would win only one prize for someone who is not wheeling their numbers.

This is where the power of wheeling truly lies because you can win multiple small and medium prizes by matching only a few correct numbers. And, when you can do this consistently over many games you can build up your profits nicely. If you reinvest a portion of your winnings so you can wheel even more numbers you can quickly start earning good regular money from your lotto plays.

This is how to win the lottery powerball prizes that can make you rich in the long-term rather than relying on just 1 jackpot win. Rather than winning one massive prize you can win multiple smaller prizes and win them consistently over weeks, months and even years.

So How do You Win Powerball Prizes Consistently?

The key to winning on any game that is based on probability, such as any lottery game, is to devise a system that gives you the maximum number of chances of winning by using the laws of probability instead of letting them work against you.

Sounds pretty obvious I know but bear with me while I get a little technical and fully explain this concept (when it comes to actually playing using the system I am showing you don’t actually need to know the Math but it is good to understand how it works so you aren’t just relying on faith but can see the science at work).

The lottery, contrary to popular belief, is not really a game of luck. At least it is not just based purely on luck. You see the lotto is really a game that has a very solid foundation within the mathematics of probability.

Although the concept of probability is straight-forward and fairly easy to understand it can be a stretch and difficult for some people to understand the mechanics used to manipulate it. There is good news though.

The good news is that if you want to know how to win powerball prizes, or learn how to win the lottery in general, you do not need to understand the mechanics of manipulating probability – you just need to know how to use the mathematics of probability to your advantage!

How to Play Powerball

Powerball is easy to play — simply pick five main numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26. There are nine different prize tiers available in the main game, with the overall odds of winning any Powerball prize set at 1 in 24.87. All non-jackpot prizes have a fixed value.

For an additional US$1 per line, you can add the Power Play multiplier to your ticket, which could increase the value of any non-jackpot prize you might win. A separate Power Play number is drawn alongside the main balls in every game. The second-tier prize for matching five main Powerball numbers is typically US$1 million (DKK6.6 million), but if you match the Power Play number on the same ticket, your prize will increase to US$2 million (DKK13.3 million). With lower-tier prizes, your winnings could be multiplied by as much as five times if the 5x Power Play is drawn and you match it. However, the 10x feature is only an option when the advertised jackpot is worth US$150 million or less.

How to Play Powerball from Denmark

You can play Powerball from Denmark, with or without Power Play, by joining a syndicate of international players. When more people group together to buy tickets, they can better their odds of winning a Powerball prize. A syndicate of international players will link you to people across the globe in the hopes of landing a huge prize or even the coveted jackpot!

Powerball Prizes and Odds of Winning

There are a number of different prizes to be won on Powerball, starting with a fixed prize of US$4 for matching just the Powerball number itself and climbing all the way to the jackpot, which can easily reach nine figures in USD. Here are the different prize tiers, the odds of winning and the prizes available:

Prize Tier Odds of Winning Prize
Match 5 + Powerball 1:292,201,338 Jackpot
Match 5 1:11,688,053.52 $1 million
Match 4 + Powerball 1:913,129.18 $50,000
Match 4 $1:36,525.16 $100
Match 3 + Powerball $1:14,494.11 $100
Match 3 1:579.76 $7
Match 2 + Powerball 1:701.32 $7
Match 1 + Powerball 1:91.97 $4
Match Powerball 1:38.32 $4
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