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Powerball

HOW MANY STATES PARTICIPATE IN POWERBALL®?

Powerball is played in 43 states, D.C. and U.S. Virgin Islands.  To learn more about the participating jurisdictions, go to: www.powerball.com

WHAT IS THE COST OF A POWERBALL® TICKET?

The cost for a single play is $2. If a player chooses the Power Play option, there is an additional $1 charge per play.

What is Power Play®?

For an extra $1 per play, add Power Play to increase your non-jackpot prizes.  To add Power Play, simply mark the Power Play option on your play slip or ask your retailer to add it to your Powerball play. 

MATCH 5:
If you MATCH 5 (five white balls), you win $1 million. If you MATCH 5 (five white balls) with Power Play, you win $2 million!

When are the drawings held?

Drawings are held each Wednesday and Saturday night at 9:59 p.m. CST.  To be eligible on the nights of the drawing, you must purchase your Powerball tickets before 8:58 p.m. CST.

What are the odds of winning a prize?

The odds of winning any prize on a $2 play are 1 in 31.85. More detailed information on odds and prizes is available at: Powerball Information

How many ways can a player win?

There are nine different ways to win (including the jackpot)! Powerball Information

Can a player purchase one ticket that is good for more than one draw?

Yes. A player may buy a Powerball ticket for up to nine consecutive draws (current draw plus the next eight draws). This is a "multiple draw ticket." A player may also choose to purchase a subscription for Powerball. A subscription is good for 26 draws (3 months), 52 draws (6 months), or 104 draws (1 year).

Why is the Cash Option amount different than the advertised jackpot for Powerball®?

A jackpot prize winner may choose to receive the prize money in annual payments over a period of thirty years, or as a single lump sum payment.

The advertised Powerball jackpot is based on 29-year future value. If the winner chooses annual payments, the jackpot is annuitized and the prize money paid out in 30 graduated payments increasing each year at a rate of four percent.

When a player chooses the Cash Option, the Lottery pays the money that would have been invested over 30 years directly to the player in one payment.

Both payment options are subject to income taxes. A player automatically receives the annuity option unless the player chooses the Cash Option within 60 days of claiming the jackpot prize.

What happens if I win the jackpot and pass away before I receive all the payments?

If a winning player passes away during the annuity payment period of a prize that is paid on an annuitized basis, the Multi-State Lottery Association's game group, in its discretion, may accelerate the payment of all of the remaining proceeds to the player's estate.

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