U.S. - Powerball Lottery Information

Guess Range 5/69 + PB 1/26
Multiplier Prizes Add Power Play, double the 2nd place prize to $2,000,000, and multiply other prize categories by up to 10 times, depending on draw and jackpot size.
Hosted in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, U.S., Puerto Rico, USA
(Local draw time)
Jackpot Type CASH
Tax Requirement Lottery prizes are subject to taxation at source. There are three tax bands. Tax Band 1: Tax-free up to $599.99. Tax Band 2: Any prize between $600 and $1,499.99 is subject to a tax rate of 30% for non-residents. Tax Band 3: Any prize above $1,500 is subject to a tax rate of 38% for non-residents. Check the tax laws in your country of residence for any further local taxation you may be subject to.

Chances to win U.S. - Powerball

Divisions Match Winning Odds
1 Prize 5+PB 1:292,201,338
2 Prize 5 1:11,688,053
3 Prize 4+PB 1:913,129
4 Prize 4 1:36,525
5 Prize 3+PB 1:14,494
6 Prize 3 1:579
7 Prize 2+PB 1:701
8 Prize 1+PB 1:92
9 Prize 0+PB 1:38

U.S. - Powerball Information

The US Powerball lottery has proudly offered some of the largest jackpots in lottery history. The lotto has become a household name and a source of inspiration for similar Powerball lottery games around the world, such as the New Zealand Powerball and the Australian Powerball.

USA Powerball History

The USA Powerball was originally known as the “Lotto America” when it was started in 1988 by the MUSL (Multi-State Lottery Association). It has since come to embody the ultimate American lottery experience. In April 1992, the name was changed to the U.S. Powerball and the game’s first drawing officially took place three days later. The Power Play option (which currently allows players to increase secondary prizes by 2-10 times) was added on 7th March 2001.

Originally, the US Powerball could only be sold in US states where the Mega Millions lottery was not sold. As a result, until 2009, the USA Powerball was only sold in 23 states. A compromise was reached to allow states to sell both lotteries, and today Powerball tickets are on sale in 45 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Proceeds from the USA Powerball are shared between the cooperating states, with each state then distributing its fund allocation as it sees fit. Most states use the lottery proceeds for government funded programs that further educational initiatives or community efforts.

On 15th January 2012, the US Powerball updated its prizes and winning odds in honor of its 20th anniversary. One of the most important changes was the reduction of the Powerball guess range from 39 to 35 balls, allowing more players to win the jackpot and other prizes. Although Powerball officials doubled ticket prices, they also doubled the starting jackpot amount from $20 million to $40 million. The Power Play was changed to a fixed multiplier, doubling the second place prize to $2 million and multiplying all other secondary prizes by 2-4 times.

Starting from the 22nd January 2014 draw, Power Play is no longer a fixed multiplier. It continues to double the amount of the second prize to $2 million, but multiplies all the other secondary prizes by up to 10 times, depending on the Power Play number and jackpot total for the respective draw. The 10x Power Play is only available when the jackpot is below $150 million.

The California Lottery Commission unanimously approved the addition of Powerball to the state’s lottery offerings on November 29th, 2012, following the lottery’s record-breaking $587.5 million jackpot, which was broken once again just six months later! California joined the majority of US states that already participated in Powerball and became an official member on April 8, 2013. Californians should be aware that prizes are paid differently than other states; the California Powerball uses a parimutuel system to determine the size of each prize, such that prize values are not fixed, but depend on sales and the number of winning tickets. Another important difference is that California Powerball does not support the Power Play feature.

Wyoming was added as a Powerball state in August 2014 and Puerto Rico came aboard on 28 September 2014.

On 4 October 2015, Powerball updated its rules. The guess range for the main numbers were increased from 59 to 69 and the Powerball guess range was reduced from 35 to 26. The 10x Power Play option for the seven secondary prizes was also added at this time.

2015 came and went and the rollovers never ended. By January 2016, it was clear that we were witnessing something extraordinary. Powerball obliterated the previous world lottery jackpot record, reaching nearly $1.6 billion on 13 January 2016. The jackpot was split by three winners in California, Tennessee, and Florida.

USA Powerball Rules

To play the USA Powerball, players select five balls from a guess range of 1-69 and an additional number (Powerball) from a separate number matrix with a guess range of 1-26. Compare the U.S. Powerball lottery with Powerball lottos from around the world.

Winning the USA Powerball

A Powerball ticket that matches the five numbers of the regular guess set as well as the Powerball additional number wins the Powerball jackpot (or a share of the jackpot if there are other winning tickets). Wins are taxed at differing rates depending on residency and state laws.

The most amazing US Powerball jackpots include: $1.586 billion won in January 2016; $768.4 million won by a single ticket in March 2019; $758.7 million won by a single ticket in August 2017; and $590.5 million won by a single winner in May 2013.

When you wonder which lottery to play, you may choose Powerball because of its huge jackpots. Worried about the cost of a ticket? Don’t be. We charge an extremely reasonable price on US Powerball tickets so that all of our international players can enjoy participating in this U.S. favourite!

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USA Powerball on theLotter

If you're wondering can foreigners play Powerball?, read about our players from all over the world who have won big prizes in the game without ever going to the US to purchase tickets!

theLotter’s First $1 Million Powerball Winner - B.U. from London claimed a $1 million second division prize in the U.S. Powerball’s 2012/32 draw in April 2012 with five correct guesses. Inspired by the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot from March, B.U. had been playing for less than a month when he won the $1 million prize. The British winner was flown to Florida to claim the impressive sum from theLotter's local office. Had B.U. chosen to add the "Power Play" on purchasing his ticket, he would have doubled his win to take home $2 million.

theLotter’s Second $1 Million Powerball Winner – While H. from El Salvador did not win the record Powerball jackpot of $1.5 billion in January 2016, he did win a $1 million second division prize! The 73-year-old, who had been living and working in the United States for quite some time, decided to use his winnings to move back to his home country and retire in style.

theLotter’s Third $1 Million Powerball Winner - P. from Quebec purchased his Powerball ticket while on the way to a hockey game in Montreal. The next morning, during breakfast, he discovered that he had become a millionaire overnight - he won the $1 million second prize in the US Powerball draw on 27 February 2016. The big win was only the second time that P. had purchased lottery tickets at theLotter. He chose his numbers randomly with the Quick Pick option.

theLotter’s Fourth $1 Million Powerball Winner - G. from Melbourne had been purchasing online lottery tickets with theLotter since 2003 with more than 450 wins over the years. After entering the 19 October 2016 draw, he received a call informing him that he had won a $1 million prize. G. prefers to play random numbers although he sometimes plays his lucky numbers. The draw came up very lucky for G. and he is our latest Powerball millionaire

USA Powerball Anecdotes

A Mother's Day to Remember -  In May 2019, $768 million Powerball winner Manuel Franco decided to surprise some very lucky women on Mother's Day! The former Target employee from Wisconsin went back to his roots by going to a Target and gifting  female shoppers with gift cards. One of the women who accepted Franco's $200 gift wrote a post on Facebook about the positive experience saying “This may not have been a big deal to someone who now has hundreds of millions of dollars, but it’s truly priceless, and so precious to me!”

Fortune Cookie Win - In 2005, 110 people won second place prizes in the USA Powerball. Some, who added the Power Play, received as much as $500,000 with the prize multiplier feature. Eventually, it became known that all 110 had used numbers suggested by their fortune cookies. The fortune cookie company, Wonton, Inc., had mass produced fortune cookies with the same recommended lucky number selection.

Players who enjoy the US Powerball might also enjoy the Mega Millions, or wish to play Europe's #1 lottery EuroMillions, which offers sensational tax-free jackpots.

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The US Powerball lottery produces some of the biggest jackpots offered at theLotter. With a top prize that starts at $40 million, this American lotto always generates interest across the globe! The US Powerball's popularity has been copied in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa - they all set up their own versions of the famous lottery format. With jackpots that have reacheed as high as $1.58 billion, the US Powerball lottery offers prizes that few world lotteries even come close to matching. Check the US Powerball Lottery results page to see if you're a winner!