Power Play Prizes
The Power Play is an add-on that you can opt in to when you enter Powerball. For an additional stake, the Power Play increases any non-jackpot prizes won by up to 10 times their original value.
Alongside each main Powerball draw, a Power Play number – either 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 – is also selected. If you opt in to Power Play, any non-jackpot prizes you win are multiplied by this number. The Power Play number is the same for all players, and is available in all territories that offer Powerball, with the exception of California. The following conditions apply for the Power Play add-on:
- You must opt in to play Power Play at the point you purchase a Powerball ticket. You cannot elect to play at a later date.
- The jackpot prize is not included in Power Play, so will retain its original value regardless of which Power Play number is selected.
- The Match 5 prize will only be multiplied by a maximum of 2x its original value, regardless of which Power Play number is selected.
- The 10x Power Play is only available when the jackpot value is less than $150 million.
The table below shows the prizes on offer when you play Power Play:
5 + Powerball
|$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million|
4 + Powerball
3 + Powerball
2 + Powerball
1 + Powerball
Power Play is a multiplier option. For an extra US $1 per ticket you can add Power Play. You don’t have to choose any extra numbers for this. Rather than improving your chances of a win, Power Play increases the amount of prize money you receive if you do win.
One Power Play number is randomly selected from a pool of 42, marked with multipliers from 2x to 5x. If the jackpot is less than US $150 million, one extra 10x multiplier is added. Whichever multiplier is drawn, non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by that amount, for winning tickets with the Power Play option selected. This excludes the jackpot and any wins for five numbers matched (where the top prize is doubled to US $2 million).
If there’s anything else you need to know about USA Powerball, you may be able to find the answer below.
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+ What time do Powerball draws take place?
Powerball draws occur every Wednesday and Saturday at 22:59 Eastern Time. Because much of the USA observes Daylight Saving Time and South Africa doesn’t, the draw time according to South Africa local time changes at certain points in the year. The table below shows exactly when draws occur throughout the year:
|Start Date||End Date||Draw Time In USA||Draw Time In South Africa|
|Second Sunday in March||First Sunday in November||22:59 EDT||04:59 SAST|
|First Sunday in November||Second Sunday in March||22:59 EST||05:59 SAST|
+ When did Powerball start?
The first USA Powerball draw took place on 22 April 1992, with just 15 states taking part and players required to select five main numbers from 1 to 45, plus a Powerball number from a separate set of 1 to 45.
+ Is there a maximum jackpot?
No. The jackpot starts at $40 million and will keep growing until it is won.
+ What is the biggest prize ever won?
The largest lottery jackpot in history came when three ticket holders – from the states of California, Florida and Tennessee – shared a record $1.58 billion Powerball prize.
+ What is an annuity?
Jackpot winners in the USA have the choice between receiving the prize money in one big upfront payment, or spread out in regular ‘annuity’ payments over 29 years. The cash payout is always less than the annuity, as the interest generated over the 29 years of the annuity is also paid out to the player.
+ Can you win the jackpot from outside the USA?
Yes, third-party lottery betting and concierge websites allow you to participate in Powerball from outside the USA and in both cases you would be eligible to win all the prizes available, including the jackpot. For more information on how it works, visit the page.
+ Is USA Powerball the same as South Africa PowerBall?
No. Although the two games share a common name, they are completely unrelated to each other. The rules of playing, prizes, and odds of winning in both games are different.
Prizes and Odds of Winning
You win prizes by matching the numbers you picked to the winning ones drawn. There are fixed prizes in eight of the nine divisions, so you know exactly how much you will receive. The only prize that changes is the jackpot, which starts at a minimum of $40 million (approximately R560 million) and rolls over to the next draw when it is not won. The jackpot is shared if there are multiple winners.
The following table shows the prizes you can win, what they’re worth with each of the Power Play multipliers, and the odds of winning:
|Prize Division||Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning||Prize||With 2x Power Play||With 3x Power Play||With 4x Power Play||With 5x Power Play||With 10x Power Play|
|1||5 + Powerball||1 in 292,201,338||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot|
|2||5||1 in 11,688,054||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million|
|3||4 + Powerball||1 in 913,129||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|4||4||1 in 36,525||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|5||3 + Powerball||1 in 14,494||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|6||3||1 in 580||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|7||2 + Powerball||1 in 701||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|8||1 + Powerball||1 in 92||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|9||0 + Powerball||1 in 38||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
USA Powerball prizes are subject to differing levels of tax depending on where you play the game. For players in the USA, a federal tax of at least 24 percent is withheld on any prize greater than $5,000, while some states also withhold their own tax on winnings. If you play the game from South Africa, you could also be taxed on Powerball prizes. Go to the Taxes page for more information.