As one of the most popular and lucrative lottery games in the United States, Powerball has captured the imagination of millions of players with its massive jackpots and exciting gameplay. Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to the world of lotteries, here’s everything you need to know about Powerball.

Powerball’s History

Before the name Powerball came about, the lottery game was known as Lotto America. Since the first Powerball draw in 1992, it has been awarding life changing prizes. There was a winner from the first Powerball jackpot drawing ever! One lucky individual in Indiana took home a whopping $5.9 million jackpot. Similar to Mega Millions, Powerball is also now available in 45 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and an added bonus – Puerto Rico. 

How To Play 

Participants need to select five numbers from a pool ranging from 1 to 69, representing the white balls. Additionally, you choose a Powerball number from a separate pool of 1 to 26. These six chosen numbers constitute a ticket. You can either manually pick the numbers or opt for a quick pick, where the system generates a random selection. 

Power Play Feature 

Power Play is an optional add-on feature offered by the Powerball lottery, allowing players to increase their non-jackpot winnings. Essentially, it multiplies the value of any non-jackpot prize won by a randomly selected multiplier (2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, or 10x), except for the jackpot prize. The 10x multiplier is unique because it is only available to be chosen as the Power Play number when the jackpot is $150 million or less. But, If the advertised jackpot is greater than $150 millions, then the available multipliers are 2x, 3x, 4x, and 5x.

Ticket Price

A normal Powerball ticket costs $2 before any add-ons. The Power Play is an additional $1 per play. In total, a single Powerball ticket with Power Play is $3. To opt-in for Power Play, players simply need to mark the Power Play option on their payslip or inform the retailer before purchasing their ticket. If you are playing online with TuLotero, simply click “Add Power Play” after selecting your numbers and that’s it! 

Draw Schedule 

Powerball drawings are held three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings, with the specific time varying by location. The drawings are held at the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee. See below what time the drawings start in each time zone. 

Time Zone Time of Drawing
Eastern Time 10:59 p.m.
Central Time 9:59 p.m.
Mountain Time 8:59 p.m.
Pacific Time 7:59 p.m.


To win the jackpot, you must match all 5 numbers plus the red Powerball. Don’t worry if you do not match everything! There are prizes up for grabs still if you match numbers. Take a look below at the prize levels and your odds of winning. 

Match Combination Prize Odds of Winning
5 + Powerball Jackpot 1 in 292,201,338
5 of 5 $1,000,000 1 in 11,688,054
4 + Powerball $50,000 1 in 913,130
4 of 5 $100 1 in 36,526
3 + Powerball $100 1 in 14,495
3 of 5 $7 1 in 580
2 + Powerball $7 1 in 702
1 + Powerball $4 1 in 92
Powerball $4 1 in 39

Claiming Prizes

All prizes, no matter the amount, must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing date it was won on. The prize must also be claimed in the state that it was sold in, so this is important to keep in mind if you are traveling and playing. If you are to be the lucky one that wins the jackpot prize, you may receive the prize as a lump sum cash payment (reduced amount) or 30 annual payments. 

New Era – Playing Powerball Online 

Playing the lottery has never been more convenient, thanks to TuLotero. With a simple tap on your smartphone or click on your computer, lottery enthusiasts can access TuLotero and choose their lucky numbers, purchase tickets, and participate in draws with ease. The app also provides the advantage of real-time notifications, ensuring players never miss a draw or a potential win. There are of course secure payment options to purchase tickets and collect prizes. Try it for yourself at the next Powerball draw! 


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