In Powerball, five white balls are drawn out of a drum holding 55 balls, and one red ball is drawn out of a drum holding 42.
Players buy a $1 ticket and win in one of nine ways. The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red PowerBall. The jackpot is paid out annually over 29 years or in a lump sum.
Any player who matches the red PowerBall is a winner. An additional feature of the game is Power Play, which allows a winner to multiply the original prize amount by paying an extra $1. Powerball players can multiply their prizes by two, three, four or five times. For example, if someone won $200,000 and had opted to pay the extra $1, and the Power Play number was 5, he would win $1 million. The feature does not apply to the jackpot. A player must purchase the Power Play option when buying a Powerball ticket.
ODDS OF WINNING
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GRAND PRIZE: Match 5 white balls and the red PowerBall. Odds: 1 in 146,107,962.
$200,000: Match 5 white balls. Odds: 1 in 3,563,608.83.
$10,000: Match 4 white balls and the red PowerBall. Odds: 1 in 584,431.85.
$100: Match 4 white balls. Odds: 1 in 14,254.44.
$100: Match 3 white balls and the red PowerBall. Odds: 1 in 11,927.18.
$7: Match 3 white balls. Odds: 1 in 290.91.
$7: Match 2 white balls and the red PowerBall. Odds: 1 in 745.45.
$4: Match 1 white ball and the red PowerBall. Odds: 1 in 126.88.
$3: Match the red PowerBall. Odds: 1 in 68.96.
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 36.61. The odds presented here are based on a $1 play.
(MULTI-STATE LOTTERY ASSOCIATION)