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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.

Prize Draw Information:

Last Jackpot

The last jackpot drawn on Saturday October 21st, 2017 for Powerball was $156,100,000

The next estimated Powerball jackpot is $191,000,000
which will be drawn on Wednesday October 25th, 2017.

Powerball Numbers (Last 10 Draws):

Draw Date: Winning Numbers: Draw Detail:
Saturday October 21st, 2017
14
41
42
45
69
4
2
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Wednesday October 18th, 2017
30
49
54
66
69
8
2
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Saturday October 14th, 2017
32
37
56
66
69
11
3
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Wednesday October 11th, 2017
1
3
13
19
69
23
2
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Saturday October 7th, 2017
10
49
61
63
65
7
2
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Wednesday October 4th, 2017
22
23
62
63
66
24
2
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Saturday September 30th, 2017
8
12
25
41
64
15
3
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Wednesday September 27th, 2017
8
10
21
23
25
22
3
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Saturday September 23rd, 2017
24
45
55
56
57
19
2
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Wednesday September 20th, 2017
39
48
53
67
68
26
3
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Powerball Odds & Prize Draw Breakdown

Lottery Odds

Players must pick 5 balls from a pool of 69 and 1 Powerball from a separate pool of 26.

Power Play Ball Odds of Winning Prize
5 Main Numbers + Powerball (Jackpot) 1 in 292,201,338 Jackpot
5 Main Numbers 1 in 11,688,054 $1 million
4 Main Numbers + Powerball 1 in 913,129 $50,000
4 Main Numbers 1 in 36,525 $100.00
3 Main Numbers + Powerball 1 in 14,494 $100.00
3 Main Numbers 1 in 580 $7
2 Main Numbers + Powerball 1 in 701 $7
1 Main Numbers + Powerball 1 in 92 $4
Powerball Only 1 in 38 $4

Power Play

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.

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. The following table shows the odds on each Power Play ball being drawn when the 10x multiplier is on offer:

Power Play Ball Odds of Winning
10x 1 in 43
5x 1 in 21.5
4x 1 in 14.33
3x 1 in 3.23
2x 1 in 7.9

The table below shows the odds on each Power Play ball being drawn when the jackpot is higher than $150 million.

Power Play Ball Odds of Winning
5x 1 in 21
4x 1 in 14
3x 1 in 3.23
2x 1 in 1.75

Powerball History

  • The multi-jurisdictional Powerball game was first launched in 1988 as Lotto*America before being renamed to Powerball in April 1992. Players have always had to select five main numbers and one Powerball number but there have been several changes to the number matrix since the launch.
  • Wednesday 22nd April 1992 ? Saturday 1st November 1997 ? Players had to choose five main numbers from a choice of 45 and one Powerball from a choice of 45 ? Matrix of 5/45 + 1/45.
  • Wednesday 5th 1997 ? Saturday 5th October 2002 ? Number matrix of 5/49 and 1/42
  • Wednesday 9th October 2002 ? Saturday 27th August 2005 ? Number matrix of 5/53 and 1/42
  • Wednesday 31st August 2005 ? Saturday 3rd January 2009 ? Number matrix of 5/55 and 1/42
  • Wednesday 7th January 2009 ? Saturday 14th January 2012 ? Number matrix of 5/59 and 1/39
  • Wednesday 18th January 2012 ? Saturday 3rd October 2015 ? Number matrix of 5/59 and 1/35
  • Wednesday 7th October 2015 ? Number matrix of 5/69 and 1/26
  • Another key change to the game has been the introduction of Power Play in 2001, while the price of a ticket has gone up to $2 to help pay for even greater rewards. The prizes have been altered across the various tiers over the years to drive up excitement, and the jackpots have kept getting bigger.

Biggest Jackpot

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.

Related: Mega Millions


Page Last Updated: 22nd October 2017 4:10 AM

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