Powerball is an American interstate lottery game played on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 10.59pm EST. Known for generating huge jackpots that can sometimes run into ten figures, 44 states and three jurisdictions across the United States participate in Powerball, with winners coming from every corner of the country.
Players select five main numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26. To win the jackpot, players must match all five main numbers and the Powerball drawn on the night. Another eight prize tiers are available in each draw, including a prize for matching the Powerball alone. The minimum jackpot is worth $40 million.
For an additional fee, players can add the supplementary Power Play game to their ticket, which could increase the value of any non-jackpot prizes won. A 2x, 3x, 4x and 5x multiplier can be drawn at random in all games, while a 10x multiplier can come into play when the jackpot is worth $150 million or less.
This Powerball data includes all draws up to and including Saturday December 3rd, 2016.
Related: Mega Millions
Prize Draw Information:
The last jackpot drawn on Saturday December 3rd, 2016 for Powerball was $55,200,000
The next estimated Powerball jackpot is
Powerball Numbers (Last 10 Draws):
Powerball Odds & Prize Draw Breakdown
Players must pick 5 balls from a pool of 69 and 1 Powerball from a separate pool of 26.
|Numbers Matched||Odds (Rounded)|
|5 Main Numbers + Powerball (Jackpot)||1 in 292,201,338|
|5 Main Numbers||1 in 11,688,054|
|4 Main Numbers + Powerball||1 in 913,129|
|4 Main Numbers||1 in 36,525|
|3 Main Numbers + Powerball||1 in 14,494|
|3 Main Numbers||1 in 580|
|2 Main Numbers + Powerball||1 in 701|
|1 Main Numbers + Powerball||1 in 92|
|Powerball Only||1 in 38|
Approx. Overall Odds: 1 in 25
Powerball Draw Details:
The multi-jurisdictional Powerball game was first launched in 1988 as Lotto*America before being renamed to Powerball in April 1992. At the launch, the number matrix required players to match five white numbers from a pool of 55 and one red number from a pool of 43.
In March 2001 an optional multiplier called Power Play was introduced, giving players the chance to multiply non-jackpot winnings by up to five times their value. The Power Play number is drawn from a third drum following the main game.
In November 2009 the number matrix was changed, requiring players to match five white numbers from 59, and one red number from 39.
In January 2012 Powerball underwent a series of format changes, reducing the Powerball pool to 35 numbers and increasing the price of a ticket to $2. Other changes included raising the value of the minimum jackpot and increasing the value of the second-tier prize. The Power Play option was amended to offer fixed prize amounts for matching the Power Play number in lieu of the multiplier format.
In January 2014 Power Play returned to a multiplier format, once again offering players the chance to boost the value of prizes, apart from the jackpot or the second-tier prize, depending on the Power Play number. Players who match five main numbers as well as the Power Play number receive a fixed prize of $2 million, regardless of the Power Play number drawn.
A number of changes were introduced to Powerball in October 2015, with players having to select five main numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball from 1 to 26. The prize for matching four main numbers and the Powerball increased to $50,000, while a 10x Power Play feature was added to all draws where the jackpot is worth $150 million or less.
The Powerball jackpot broke through the $1 billion barrier for the first time in early 2016, setting a new record for the biggest world lottery prize ever offered. It was finally won on 13th January 2016, when three ticket holders – Marvin and Mae Acosta from California, the Florida-based Nickel 95 Trust and Lisa and John Robinson of Tennessee - split $1.58 billion, winning $528.8 million each.
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