Powerball Help & Information
Powerball is one of two multi-state lotteries available in the USA. It was only in October 2009 that the Megamillions consortium agreed that US lotteries could sell tickets for both the Mega Millions and Powerball games. 10 states who previously only sold Mega Millions tickets started selling Powerball tickets in January 2010. Currently Powerball lottery tickets are sold in more jurisdictions than Megamillions, but only by one state.
Latest Powerball Lottery Numbers & Results
Of course the whole reason people participate in lotteries like Powerball is to win life changing amounts of money and it's always exciting checking your tickets after a lottery draw. We have provided a Powerball Lottery results page to help you check your numbers and you will find the last 10 draw results. Should you have purchased a ticket prior to the date of the oldest result shown on this page then you can use the archive results feature available.
Alternatively you might want to download the free Powerball iPhone app that will bring all the latest results to your smartphone. Results appear shortly after they have been drawn and for you this means you can check your results and find out if you're a winner absolutely anywhere!
Participating players have nine chances to be a winner on the current matrix of 5/59 and 1/35. To win the jackpot players need to match 5 "white" balls and the "red" Powerball. Powerball also offers the Powerplay option for an extra charge where winning tickets can see any prize multiplied by matching the drawn Power Play number.
Draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday and can be seen on a multitude of television stations dependent on the state you are viewing from. Each draw takes place at 10.59 pm (EST) and two drums are used to store the balls; one for the white main balls and the other for the red Powerball numbers.
Winning players have two options when claiming a jackpot prize for Powerball; cash or a graduated annuity paid in yearly instalments for 30 years. If the latter option is chosen then the annual payment increases each year by 4%. The choice has to be made at different times dependent on the state the Powerball ticket has been purchased in. For example with the exception of Florida and Missouri, players have to make the choice within 60 days of winning a jackpot. In New Jersey and Texas this decision has to be made when purchasing your ticket whilst in Idaho you have 30 days to make a decision.
Powerball replaced the Lotto America game on April 19th, 1992 with the first ever draw made just three days later on April 22nd, 1992. The states below were the only ones involved in Powerball at inception:
Below are the dates when other states joined the Powerball Lottery:
- 1994 - Arizona and Nebraska
- 1995 - Connecticut, Louisiana and New Hampshire
- 1996 -New Mexico
- 2001 -Colorado
- 2002 - Pennsylvania and South Carolina
- 2003 -Vermont
- 2004 -Maine, North Dakota and Tennessee
- 2006 -North Carolina and Oklahoma
- 2009 - Arkansas and Florida
- January 2010 - Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington
- April 2010 - Ohio
- October 2010 - US Virgin Islands
How To Play Powerball Lottery Online
Playing the Powerball Lottery online gives you the chance to buy tickets for a lottery usually restricted to players in participating states and with record breaking jackpots created quite often, Powerball is one of the most popular lotteries available around the world.
Register with the concierge service by completing a few personal details and then you can start buying Powerball tickets immediately. There are a number of options when you buy online; you can play for just one draw or multiple draws with a maximum purchase of 52 draws, the choice is entirely yours. There is also a "Quick Pick" option available if you prefer the system to randomly generate your numbers for you.
Should you choose to pick your own numbers then you need to choose five main draw numbers from between one and fifty nine and then a Powerball number from between one and thirty five.
Purchasing your Powerball Lottery tickets online is both safe and secure. The tickets that you purchase are available to view in your account as a scan copy within 24 hours of your purchase and as they are allocated to your account, with your registered details, there is no risk of losing your ticket or missing a claim if your numbers prove to be winners.
|Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning (approx.)|
|5 Main Numbers + Powerball (Jackpot)||1 in 175,223,510|
|5 Main Numbers||1 in 5,153,632.64|
|4 Main Numbers + Powerball||1 in 648,975.96|
|4 Main Numbers||1 in 19,087.52|
|3 Main Numbers + Powerball||1 in 12,244.82|
|3 Main Numbers||1 in 360.14|
|2 Main Numbers + Powerball||1 in 706.43|
|1 Main Numbers + Powerball||1 in 110.81|
|Powerball Only||1 in 55.40|
The overall odds of winning any prize in the Powerball lottery are 1 in 31.84.
Match 5 Bonus Prize
On occasion, when the Powerball jackpot reaches a jackpot level that produces a "new" record then the increase to the jackpot for each draw can be limited to no more than $25 million. If this happens then an prize money exceeding the $25 million limit is added into a new prize tier, the Match 5 Bonus prize. This prize is paid out in one cash lump sum.
Should the Match 5 Bonus Prize come into play then it is worth noting that this is in addition to any Power Play prizes on offer. However this new prize tier cannot be multiplied. Should no winners fall into the Match 5 category, which is highly unlikely, then the bonus prize pool will fall to the next tier of winners, Match 4 + Powerball.
- The current matrix for the Powerball lottery is 5/59 and 1/35
- The minimum jackpot amount for this lottery is $40 million
- The largest jackpot win to date was in February 2006 for a staggering $365 million! A single ticket won but was a lottery syndicate of 8 people who chose to take the cash option of $177,270,519.67 (before taxes)
- The Powerball lottery was the first ever to use two separate drums for draws.