How to Play Powerball
You’ve decided to play one of the biggest lotteries in the US, but aren’t sure how to go about getting started. We’ll help guide you step-by-step through the process of picking your numbers, buying your tickets and collecting your prize money without any hassle in this convenient resource.
Step 1: Solo or Multiplayer
While traditionally most people think of a single person buying lottery tickets at a retail location or online, there is actually another option available called a syndicate, which allows multiple individuals to pool money and tickets together with the intent of splitting the prize money in the event of receiving a winning draw. Selecting a syndicate option will come up again when it is time to purchase your tickets.
The choice is up to you, play the lotto game of your choice solo or find other players with whom to pool resources. Once you’ve decided, you’re ready to move onto the next step.
Step 2: Picking Your Numbers
The US Powerball is a six-ball lottery chosen from a field of number ranging from 1-59. Five regular numbers are chosen by the player with the addition of one Powerball number from 1-35.
Players are allowed to select their own numbers or make use of a Quick-Pick feature that will automatically and randomly select the ticket’s numbers using random number generation (RNG) software. Your numbers do not have to match the numbers drawn in any exact order.
After selecting your numbers you’ll be ready to move on to the next step of purchasing tickets.
Step 3: Purchasing Tickets
Players can purchase tickets in several different denominations when ready to play the Powerball. Each ticket costs $2.00 to play with an additional service fee or minimum purchase imposed if purchased online. The Power Play feature can be added to purchases for an additional $1.00 per ticket. Power Play tickets have the potential to multiply non-jackpot winnings up to five times, depending on the Power Play number drawn.
Players may buy tickets by line in several increments. Meaning, Players are able to purchase three-line, five-line or syndicate tickets to suit their needs. Tickets can be purchased in advance of draws up to months in advance.
Ticket sales are cut off 59 minutes before each draw. Check with local retailers or online ticket services for other cut-off times.
Step 4: The Draw
The Powerball Lottery draw takes place twice a week, with numbers being drawn every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 10:59pm EST. The five regular numbers will be drawn from a drum of 59 numbers at random, with the single Powerball being drawn from a drum of red balls numbered 1-35.
The draw event is televised on several channels throughout the US and is covered online, through YouTube and the official Powerball Lottery website.
Step 5: What to do When You’ve Won
There are a total of nine ways to win in the Powerball Lottery. Each of which comes with a condition of matching a certain amount of drawn numbers to a players ticket. All prizes except for the grand prize amount are fixed values. The exception to this rule lies in California, where prize amounts are considered pari-mutuel and are determined by sales and number of winners.
Small cash awards can be claimed from any retailer in the state where the winning ticket was purchased. Larger sum prizes must be claimed at the state’s lottery headquarters or by mail. Players are able to take up to a given time period before claiming their prize, after that deadline has been reached the amount is considered forfeit and will be either re-invested into another draw or turned over to a state’s general fund. Check with the official lottery website for the Powerball prize claim condition.
Jackpot winning players will be given the choice to receive their prize in the form of structured annual payments over a period of several years, or receive a reduced lump sum, immediately.
The Powerball Lottery
The Powerball is one of the largest in the US and has awarded more than half a billion dollars in a single jackpot on more than one occasion. It pools ticket sales from a majority of the states, resulting in some of the largest lottery jackpots worldwide.
Buy tickets online before the next draw and see if you’ll become the next multimillionaire made by the Powerball.