Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is POWERBALL ® ? POWERBALL is an exciting, multi-state, multimillion-dollar-jackpot game. It is a product of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) and is offered in 48 lottery jurisdictions (including Florida). All POWERBALL member lotteries contribute a percentage of sales to a shared top-prize pool so jackpots can grow to hundreds of millions of dollars. The game’s starting jackpot is $20 million and is the largest in the world. POWERBALL has nine prize levels with lower-tier prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million – and up to $2 million with Power Play ® . 2. What other lotteries offer POWERBALL? POWERBALL is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For a complete list of states that offer POWERBALL visit www.powerball.com. 3. Will the revenue generated from Florida ticket sales stay in the state? As with all other games offered by the Florida Lottery, all profits from POWERBALL ticket sales in Florida will be transferred to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund to benefit education in the state. 4. When did POWERBALL sales begin in Florida? POWERBALL ticket sales in Florida began on January 4, 2009. 5. When did the first POWERBALL drawing in Florida take place? When the Florida Lottery decided to join POWERBALL, the decision was also made to move the drawings to Florida. Therefore, the first POWERBALL drawing that included Florida players, was also the first POWERBALL drawing conducted in Florida, and it occurred on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. 6. How much do POWERBALL tickets cost? POWERBALL tickets cost $2 per play. POWERBALL with Power Play tickets cost $3 per play. 7. What is the largest POWERBALL jackpot to date? The largest POWERBALL jackpot to date was a whopping $1.5 billion shared by winners in Florida, Tennessee and California on January 13, 2016. 8. Who sets the POWERBALL jackpot and how is it calculated? The advertised POWERBALL jackpot is set by MUSL for each drawing. Jackpots are calculated based on anticipated sales for that drawing, funds rolled over from previous drawings and current interest rates for long-term investments. For every $2 ticket sold, 34.0066% is allocated to the jackpot pool. 9. What is Power Play? POWERBALL players can add Power Play for $1 more per play to multiply their winnings. With Power Play, players can win $2 million for matching the five white balls or multiply their other non-jackpot prizes by 2X, 3X, 4X, or 5X. When the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less a 10X multiplier will also be added. A player must choose the Power Play option on his/her POWERBALL playslip or tell the retailer that he/she wishes to purchase a Power Play ticket. The multiplier number will be selected just before the draw. 10. Where can I view the POWERBALL drawings? You may view the POWERBALL drawings on official Florida Lottery TV carrier stations in major markets throughout Florida. Carrier stations will air the drawings, either live or within minutes of the live drawings, or display on-screen the winning numbers following each drawing. Viewing times will vary by station. POWERBALL drawings may also be viewed via Webcasts on this website.
POWERBALL winning numbers will be available on this website, at Florida Lottery retailers statewide, and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY. Also, you may register on this website to receive POWERBALL winning numbers and other Lottery information by email or text message. 11. How do you play POWERBALL? At any Florida Lottery retail location, you can either mark your selections on a POWERBALL playslip or tell the retailer the numbers you wish to play. On the playslip, select five numbers from 1 to 69 in the upper play area and one Powerball number from 1 to 26 in the lower play area. You may Quick Pick some or all of your numbers by marking the QP box in the upper and/or the lower play areas of the playslip. Make your selections carefully, because POWERBALL TICKETS CANNOT BE CANCELED. 12. How do you play Power Play? Simply mark the Power Play box located on the left side of the POWERBALL playslip. Power Play will apply to all panels and Quick Pick boxes you have marked on the playslip. Power Play will add $1 more per play, so check your selections carefully before giving the playslip to the retailer. If you tell the retailer your POWERBALL selections, make sure to ask for Power Play. 13. How will I know which plays on my POWERBALL ticket include Power Play? Power Play will apply to all plays on a POWERBALL ticket. POWERBALL with Power Play tickets will display “POWER PLAY YES” and POWERBALL tickets with no Power Play will display “POWER PLAY NO.” 14. Can I advance play POWERBALL? If so, how many draws? Yes, you may advance play POWERBALL for up to 52 consecutive draws. If you select Power Play, it will apply to all drawings. 15. How late can I purchase a POWERBALL ticket on a drawing night? On drawing nights, you will be able to purchase POWERBALL tickets until game sales close at 10:00 p.m. ET. MUSL requires adequate time to ensure that the draw data has been securely received from all 47 member lotteries before the POWERBALL drawing is held at 10:59 p.m. ET.
There will be a 5-minute sales break between 10:00 p.m. and 10:05 p.m. ET on the night of the POWERBALL drawings, and sales after 10:05 p.m. ET will be for the next drawing. 16. Will my POWERBALL playslip from another state work in Florida? No, all POWERBALL states use different playslips that work exclusively on their gaming systems. 17. On the POWERBALL ticket, how is it possible to have the same number twice on one line? Since you select five numbers from 1 through 69 and one Powerball number from 1 through 26, it is possible to repeat a number for your Powerball number. The letters “PB” will indicate the Powerball number on your ticket. POWERBALL numbers are drawn from two separate sets of balls in which five white balls and one red Powerball are selected at random. 18. Can I purchase Florida POWERBALL tickets through the Internet or by mail if I live out of the state/country? No. Florida POWERBALL tickets may only be purchased from the Florida Lottery through terminals at authorized Florida Lottery retailers. Although POWERBALL is sold nationally, each state can only sell POWERBALL within their state. 19. How do you win POWERBALL? In the official POWERBALL drawing conducted by MUSL, five white balls (numbered 1 through 69) and one Powerball (numbered 1 through 26) are randomly selected. Players win the jackpot by matching, in any order, the five numbers drawn from the first set of balls and the Powerball drawn from the second set. Players win other great POWERBALL prizes, ranging from $4 up to $1 million, by matching non-jackpot winning combinations.
Prior to the POWERBALL drawing, a Power Play multiplier number is selected and displayed during the draw. Players who added Power Play to their purchase, will increase their winnings on the third through ninth prize levels by the multiplier number selected for that draw. 20. What are the odds of winning a POWERBALL prize or the POWERBALL jackpot? The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.9 and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338. 21. If the red Powerball number is drawn from a set of 26, why are the odds of matching only the Powerball number not 1 in 26? POWERBALL numbers are drawn from two sets of numbers, so the odds of winning are calculated by combining the odds for both sets of numbers for all prize levels. The odds for the ninth prize level (for matching just the Powerball) are calculated by combining the odds of selecting the Powerball and the odds of not selecting any of the five numbers from the first set of numbers drawn. 22. Are POWERBALL prizes shared? POWERBALL jackpots are shared among all jackpot winners in all POWERBALL states. All other prize levels are set prizes. 23. How much can I win with Power Play?
The match 5 prize is $2 million. All other non-jackpot prizes are increased by the multiplier number – 2, 3, 4, or 5 – selected just before each draw. The multiplier number 10 is included when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less. 24. Is the $2 million in the match 5 Power Play prize paid in cash or as an annuity? The $2 million Power Play prize will be a one-time cash payment less applicable taxes. 25. Do I have to claim my Florida POWERBALL jackpot prize at MUSL headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa? No, all Florida POWERBALL prizes including the jackpot are paid in Florida, like all other games offered by the Florida Lottery. 26. Can I claim a Florida POWERBALL winning ticket in another POWERBALL state? No. All prizes must be claimed in the state where the winning ticket was sold. 27. When do Florida POWERBALL tickets expire? Florida POWERBALL tickets expire 180 days from the winning drawing date, just like all other terminal games offered by the Florida Lottery. 28. Does the POWERBALL jackpot have a cash option? Yes. Jackpot winners may choose to receive their portion of a jackpot prize as an annuity payment or a one-time, lump-sum payment (or Cash Option). Jackpot prizes must be claimed within the first 60 days after the winning drawing date to receive the Cash Option. 29. How long will it take to get my POWERBALL jackpot prize payment? MUSL requires two weeks to receive wire transfers of funds from all 47 POWERBALL members, so the earliest you may receive your POWERBALL jackpot prize is on the 15th day after the winning drawing date. 30. What happens to the money if a POWERBALL jackpot ticket is won in Florida but is not claimed? At the end of the winning state’s claim period (180 days in Florida), the funds to pay a jackpot that goes unclaimed will be returned to the lottery members in their proportion of sales for the jackpot rollover series.
In Florida, 80 percent of all unclaimed jackpot prizes are transferred to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund to benefit education in the state. 31. Who gets the unclaimed prize money for non-jackpot POWERBALL prizes? All funds for unclaimed POWERBALL non-jackpot prizes stay in the state where the winning tickets were sold. 32. What happens if a POWERBALL jackpot winner dies before all payments have been made? The POWERBALL annuity prize will go into the deceased winner’s estate. Annual prize payments can continue to be paid to heirs, or the annuity may be cashed out by the winner’s estate.
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Powerball sales cutoff
Sales cut-off times vary by one to two hours before the drawings on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, depending on the selling jurisdiction.
Some lotteries sell Powerball® tickets over the Internet, but the service is only available to residents of that jurisdiction. The sale of Powerball tickets over the Internet or by mail across jurisdictional borders is restricted. Lotteries may refuse to pay out prize money on Powerball tickets purchased on any website other than their own. Please contact your lottery with any further questions.
You do not have to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident to play Powerball®. Players from jurisdictions where Powerball tickets are not sold, either in the United States or outside the country, when visiting a selling jurisdiction, can purchase Powerball tickets from a retailer licensed or authorized by the selling jurisdiction, if they meet the legal age requirement in the jurisdiction of purchase. Federal and jurisdictional income taxes may apply to any claimed prize money.
The 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less.
Powerball® tickets print the white ball numbers in numerical order of a given play. You can match the white ball numbers in any order of a given play to win a prize. The red Powerball number of a given play on your ticket must match the red Powerball drawn. Each play on a ticket is separately determined; players cannot crisscross play lines on a ticket or combine numbers from other tickets.
While there are many factors that determine the advertised Grand Prize estimate in the Powerball® game; two important ones are games sales and the annuity factor.
A number of variables can affect game sales, such as seasonality or a big Mega Millions jackpot. Traditionally, game sales are stronger for a Saturday drawing versus a Wednesday drawing.
The annuity factor, or the cost to fund an annuity prize, is another key component. The annuity factor is made up of interest rates for securities purchased to fund prize payments. The higher the interest rates, the higher the advertised Grand Prize. You might not realize that an economic reality like interest rates impact even the Powerball jackpot, but they do!
Most players think the odds of matching the Powerball to win a prize are 1 in 26, since the Powerball is drawn from a field of numbers from 1 to 26.
But consider this…
The odds of matching the Powerball ALONE are harder than 1 in 26, because there is also the chance you could match one or more white balls, in addition to the Powerball, to win another prize.
Powerball numbers are drawn from two sets of numbers, so the odds of winning a prize are calculated by combining the odds for both sets of numbers for all prize levels. The odds for matching just the Powerball are calculated by combining the odds of selecting the Powerball and the odds of not selecting any of the five numbers from the first set of numbers drawn.
Prizes must be claimed in the jurisdiction where the winning ticket was purchased. Players can generally claim a prize up to $600 at any licensed lottery retailer in the jurisdiction where they bought the ticket. Prizes over $600 can be claimed at some lottery offices, depending on the amount, and also at lottery headquarters. Please contact your lottery with any further questions.
Ticket expiration dates typically vary from 90 days to one year depending on the selling jurisdiction. The expiration date is often listed on the back of your ticket. If the expiration date is not listed, check with your lottery.
Unclaimed prizes are kept by the lottery jurisdiction. If a Grand Prize goes unclaimed, the money must be returned to all lotteries in proportion to their sales for the draw run. The lotteries then distribute the money, based on their own jurisdiction’s laws, to other lottery games or to their jurisdiction’s general fund, or otherwise as required by law.
Every jurisdiction has its own law on winners remaining anonymous. Some jurisdictions are required by law to provide the winner’s name, city of residence, game won and prize amount to any third party that requests the information. Other jurisdictions allow winners to create trusts to shield their names from the public, or otherwise claim prizes anonymously. Check with your lottery to see if taking a photo of the winner is required and what its rules are on prize claims. Even if you keep your identity secret from the media and the public, you will have to be known to the lottery so officials can confirm you are eligible to play and win, as well as other legal requirements.
A Powerball jackpot winner may choose to receive their prize as an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump-sum payment (cash option). For the annuity, the annual payments increase by 5%. The cash value option, in general, is the amount of money required to be in the jackpot prize pool, on the day of the drawing, to fund the estimated jackpot annuity prize. The advertised jackpot annuity and cash value are estimates until ticket sales are final, and for the annuity, until the Multi-State Lottery Association takes bids on the purchase of securities.
Federal and jurisdictional income taxes apply to both jackpot prize options.
Check with your lottery for its rules on how to claim a jackpot prize and the correct procedure for selecting the annuity or cash value option.
If a jackpot winner dies before receiving all annual installments, the balance of the prize will be paid to the winner’s estate. Upon receipt of a court order, annual prize payments will continue to be paid to the winner’s heirs. Other provisions may also apply depending on the laws of the lottery paying the prize.
A United States $100 bill is .0043 inches thick.
Ten thousand $100 bills equals $1 million (10,000 x $100 = $1,000,000).
Therefore, a $1 million stack of $100 bills is 43 inches tall (10,000 x .0043 inches = 43 inches).
43 inches = 3.5833 feet
A stack of one hundred dollar bills equaling $40,000,000 is 143.33 feet tall (40 x 3.5833 feet = 143.33 feet).Powerball sales cutoff Sales cut-off times vary by one to two hours before the drawings on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, depending on the selling jurisdiction. Some lotteries sell ]]>