Lottery Results

Powerball Lottery

Powerball is a multi-state lottery game with large jackpots. The lottery operates in 27 states, Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands. The game is administered by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).

To play Powerball lottery you begin by purchasing a $1 ticket and then selecting five numbers plus the Powerball. Fill out a selection slip at a participating Powerball retailer and choose five white numbers, each between 1-53. Then choose a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of numbers that range from 1- 42. Powerball players may also choose to have the numbers generated randomly by the computer - called a Quick Pick. You can also select either the five white lottery numbers or the red Powerball number and have the computer generate a Quick Pick for the other number(s).

Unlike some other lotteries, you can't cancel a Powerball ticket after you purchase it. To eliminate any chance of entry error by the sales clerk, it is best to fill out an official Powerball betting slip that is read by the lottery machine.

Powerball lottery drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday evenings at the MUSL's headquarters in Urbandale, Iowa, normally at 10:59 p.m. pm Eastern Time. They are occasionally scheduled at remote locations. When this occurs, the time may be adjusted, but the day remains the same. The tickets can be bought until 8:00 p.m.

For each drawing, five white balls are picked out of a lottery drum containing 53 balls and one red ball out of another drum containing 42 red balls. The Powerball lottery jackpot, won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball, is either an annuitized prize paid out in 30 equal installments over 29 years or a lump sum payment. The jackpot is always at least $10 million. You can also use a cash option, which is about 50% of the advertised jackpot amount before any applicable taxes. You no longer have to select the lottery payment option at the time of purchase. The tax law has changed to give you up to 60 days after you claim the lottery prize to decide whether you want cash or the annuity option. Annuity payments are guaranteed upon death to a designated beneficiary or trust.

If there is no jackpot winner for a drawing the amount increases for the next draw. The second lottery prize, won by matching five white balls in any order, is $100,000 paid in cash. Any time you match the red Powerball, you win. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game is approximately 1 in 36.

Powerball prize

  • 5 white + Powerball = Powerball jackpot prize (Odds of winning 1 in 120 million)
  • 5 white = $100,000 prize (Odds of winning 1 in 3 million)
  • 4 white + Powerball = $5,000 prize (Odds of winning 1 in 500,000)
  • 4 white = $100 prize (Odds of winning 1 in 12,000)
  • 3 white + Powerball = $100 prize (Odds of winning 1 in 10,000)
  • 3 white = $7 prize (Odds of winning 1 in 260)
  • 2 white + Powerball = $7 prize (Odds of winning 1 in 700)
  • 1 white + Powerball = $4 prize (Odds of winning 1 in 125)
  • Powerball only = $3 prize (Odds of winning 1 in 70)

Lotteries providing Powerball (29)

The lotteries that sell the Powerball lottery game are: Arizona Lottery, Colorado Lottery, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board, Delaware State Lottery, Hoosier Lottery, Idaho Lottery, Iowa Lottery, Kansas Lottery, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Louisiana Lottery Corporation, Maine Lottery, Minnesota State Lottery, Missouri Lottery, Montana Lottery, Nebraska Lottery, New Hampshire Sweepstakes Commission, New Mexico Lottery, North Dakota Lottery, Oregon Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, South Carolina Lottery, South Dakota Lottery, Tennessee Lottery, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont Lottery, Wisconsin Lottery and the West Virginia Lottery.