Powerball Frequently Asked Questions

Powerball is one of the biggest lotto games in the world and often creates nine-figure wins for those who are fortunate enough to snap up the grand prize. You can take part in this fantastic game by clicking on the Lotto Tickets tab. If you have any queries about Powerball, take a look through these frequently asked questions to satisfy your curiosity!

Question: When are Powerball draws held?

Answer: Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Tallahassee, Florida at 10:59pm EST.

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Question: When is the cut-off time for buying Powerball tickets?

Answer: Closing time for ticket sales varies between states, but generally tend to stop an hour or two hours before the draw takes place. If you play Powerball via an online concierge service, then you may need to buy your tickets a little earlier. It is always best to check with the retailer and make sure that you buy Powerball tickets in plenty of time - no one wants to miss out on the chance to snap up a huge cash prize!

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Question: What is the Power Play option in Powerball?

Answer: Power Play allows ticket holders to increase their non-jackpot prizes for an additional $1 on top of their Powerball ticket. A Power Play number is drawn at random before the main game and, whilst the second tier prize will only ever double to $2 million, any prize won in the tiers below that will be multiplied by the number on the Power Play ball, with 2x, 3x, 4x and 5x Power Play options available in all draws. As part of changes to Powerball in 2015, a 10x Power Play option was introduced for when the jackpot is worth $150 million or less. Power Play is not available in California.

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Question: How can I win a prize on Powerball?

Answer: Powerball has nine prize tiers, with cash amounts awarded for matching anything from just the Powerball all the way up to the jackpot, which is claimed by matching all five main numbers and the Powerball. There is information on each of the nine ways in which you can win on Powerball at the Powerball Prizes page.

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Question: How do I play Powerball from outside of the USA?

Answer: Tickets for Powerball can be bought via an online lottery concierge service from anywhere in the world. The service will send a local agent to purchase the ticket and ensure that a scan is uploaded to your lottery account, with any winnings paid directly into that account, ready for you to withdraw! To play Powerball now, visit the Lotto Tickets page.

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Question: Will my Powerball prize expire?

Answer: Each state has their own rules on how long winners have to claim their prizes, and they range from 90 days up to a year after the relevant draw, so it is worth checking with local lottery officials to find out when your ticket will expire. If you play through a concierge service, you will be informed of the win straight away so you can instantly put in your claim.

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Question: Is there an age limit for playing Powerball?

Answer: If you want to use a concierge service to buy Powerball tickets online, then you will need to be at least 18. For physical sales within the United States, you should check with the lottery operator in your area, as laws vary between jurisdictions.

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Question: Will I pay taxes on my Powerball prize?

Answer: U.S. citizens will be liable for federal taxes to be taken from prizes of more than $5,000, with most states also withholding their own taxes from the total prize amount. In most states, a prize worth $600 or more is reported to the IRS as taxable income. Non-U.S. residents will also have a portion of their winnings withheld.

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Question: What are my chances of winning a prize on Powerball?

Answer: You have a 1 in 24.87 chance of winning any Powerball prize, with the odds of snapping up the jackpot standing at 1 in 292,201,338.

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Question: Is there a minimum Powerball jackpot?

Answer: The minimum Powerball jackpot is $40 million, but it often rises quickly and hits nine figures on a regular basis due to rollovers. This means that there’s even more to win as time goes on!

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Question: Is the Powerball jackpot capped?

Answer: There is no limit to the Powerball jackpot - it will continue to roll over up until the point that someone matches all five main numbers and the Powerball, which often creates some of the largest jackpots ever seen!

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Question: How much was the largest-ever Powerball jackpot worth?

Answer: The largest jackpot in the history of Powerball was won on 13th January 2016. The top prize was worth $1.58 billion and was split three ways after winning tickets were sold in Califiornia, Florida and Tennessee. Each ticket holder won $528.5 million.

Gloria MacKenzie of Florida is the largest single winner of a Powerball jackpot. She won $590.5 million in May 2013 and chose to take the cash option of $370.8 million before taxes.

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Question: When will the next Powerball drawing be held?

Answer: Wednesday 18th January 2017.

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Question: What is the current Powerball jackpot?

Answer: The jackpot for the next Powerball draw is estimated at $135,000,000.

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Question: How much does it cost to buy a Powerball ticket?

Answer: A single ticket costs $2, adding the Power Play option costs an extra $1. Please note that a small handling fee will also be required if you buy your ticket using an online concierge service.

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