Powerball is the super lottery from the States that was once known as ‘Lotto America’, it was launched in 1988 and is one of the longest running lottery games available in America. The lottery went through the rebranding process in 1992 to become Powerball lottery, and there are currently 43 states, along with Washington D.C and the US Virgin Islands that all participate in the Powerball. These participating states and jurisdictions all form the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) which is a non-profit organisation that runs and oversees this American lottery.

To play the Powerball select five white numbers, which are the main numbers from a selection of 1 – 59, then one red number, known as the Powerball, from a choice of 1 – 35. Altogether there are nine prizes available to win in the Powerball all of which, except the jackpot, are fixed amounts. The Powerball jackpots start at a minimum of $40 million and increase every time there is no top prize winner. This rollover facility allows the top prize to reach impressive amounts, and the largest amount ever won in this game was in May 2013, when one ticket won a massive $590.5 million.

Powerball Odds

Match Prize Odds
Match five main balls and Powerball Jackpot 1 in 175,223,510
Match five main balls $1 million 1 in 5,153,632.64
Match four main balls and Powerball $10,000 1 in 648,975.96
Match four main balls $100 1 in 19,087.52
Match three main balls and Powerball $100 1 in 12,244.82
Match three main balls $7 1 in 360.14
Match two main balls and Powerball $7 1 in 706.43
Match one main ball and Powerball $4 1 in 110.81
Match Powerball only $4 1 in 55.40
Overall Odds of Winning are 1 in 31.84

Powerball Power Play

The Power Play is can an additional game that can be played alongside the main Powerball game for an extra fee. The Power Play is drawn after the main numbers from a separate pool ranging from 2 to 5. All non-jackpot and Match 5 winning prizes will be multiplied by that number. For example, if you have opted to play the Power Play and the number drawn is 4, you will win US$400 instead of the standard US$100 prize. In the Match 5 tier players opting for the Power Play, and who go on to match all five main numbers drawn, will win a set $2 million instead of the prize being multiplied by the Power Play number.

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