Following the April 8 drawing, Powerball's starting jackpot and the rate at which the advertised jackpot grows will be determined by game sales and interest rates. Guaranteed starting jackpot amounts and minimum jackpot increases will be eliminated. Previously, Powerball® jackpots started at $40 million (annuity) and increased by a minimum of $10 million (annuity) between drawings.
The PowerBall draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday evening in the US, which equates to approximately 4am on Thursday and Sunday mornings this side of the pond.
For an extra $1 per game, you can expand your non-jackpot winnings* 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times based on the Power Play randomly chosen at draw time. Any player who purchases the Power Play option and matches all 5 of the white ball numbers will automatically win $2,000,000. The 10 times multiplier will only be available on advertised annuity jackpot** levels of $150 million and below.
Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:59 PM Mountain Time. Tickets can be purchased until 8:00 PM Mountain Time for that night's drawing. Sales for the next draw resume at 8:10 PM.
After the drawing, winning numbers are posted on this website. They are also available at all Lottery retailers and on our player hotline at (505) 342-PLAY (7529).
The Power Play feature is introduced, giving players the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times their original value. A random number – 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – is drawn as the Power Play multiplier and any prizes apart from the jackpot are boosted by this amount.
Tickets cost $2 per play per drawing.
Powerball is simple to play but there are a number of rules that you need to keep in mind to ensure that you buy tickets on time and can claim prizes without any problems. Use this page to find out about all the guidelines you need to know to make sure that your playing experience runs as smoothly as possible. Powerball rules can vary between jurisdictions, so it is important that you also check with your state lottery before you start playing. Powerball Jackpot winning numbers are being drawn on each Wednesday and Saturday
Unless otherwise stated by the selling lottery, the maximum number of consecutive drawings you can enter on a single playslip is 52.
It is your responsibility to ensure you are legally eligible to purchase lottery tickets and claim prizes in the relevant state. If you are under the minimum age to buy tickets, you will be ineligible to claim prizes.
It is also your responsibility to check the accuracy of your entry. The selling lottery and its agents will not accept liability for any losses that occur due to errors you make when you fill out your playslip.
You may win only one prize per line of Powerball numbers and only the maximum eligible prize will be paid out.
You must present a valid winning ticket to be able to claim a prize. For an entry to be valid, the ticket must be intact and the data must correspond with the selling lottery’s computer records. The ticket cannot be tampered with, counterfeit or mutilated.
It could be possible to earn a return that is larger than the annuity amount by investing the cash sum. There are varying degrees of risk involved in investing money, so this should only be undertaken after seeking expert financial advice. In addition, you will be investing an after-tax sum, while the graduated increases in the annuity payments are applied pre-tax.
On Wednesday March 27th 2019, the Powerball jackpot reached $768 million, and was won by a single ticket bought in New Berlin, WI. This the largest single-ticket jackpot win in Powerball history.
Your state lottery will offer the same level of support after your win regardless of which route you go down. However, it is always a good idea to seek expert financial advice before deciding whether to take the cash lump sum or the annuity, as your personal circumstances may make one option more beneficial than the other.
A player from Massachusetts banked an incredible $758.7 million in August 2017, the biggest jackpot ever won on a single ticket at the time. Mavis Wanczyk came forward the next day to claim the prize, revealing that she had already quit her job in a hospital and would celebrate by going to ‘hide in bed’.
If you are lucky enough to win the jackpot you have two options. Get the whole jackpot in one lump sum or get it paid out over 30 years. You would receive one payment annually.
The downside of taking it all in one lump sum is that the jackpot is counted if it were paid in a 30-year plan. This means that if you take it as a cash lump sum a portion of the jackpot will be deducted.