Powerball FAQs

Answers

1. When do Powerball drawings take place?

Powerball drawings take place every Wednesday and Saturday at approximately 22:59 EST in Tallahassee, Florida.

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2. How do I win a Powerball prize?

In order to win the Powerball jackpot, you must match all five main numbers and the Powerball. There are eight additional prize tiers that allow you to win a prize by matching fewer numbers in the drawing. Rewards start from $4 for matching just the Powerball.

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3. Powerball tickets aren’t available in my state, can I still play?

Yes. You can play Powerball by visiting a participating state and purchasing a ticket. Please note, you will need to collect any prize money from the state in which you originally bought your ticket.

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4. When do Powerball prizes expire?

The deadline for claiming a Powerball prize differs from state-to-state. Visit the How to Claim page for more information.

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5. Is there a minimum age limit to play Powerball?

Yes. Most states require Powerball players to be 18 or older, however, there are some exceptions. Consult the Powerball Rules page to find out more.

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6. If I win a Powerball prize will I pay tax?

Yes. As Powerball prizes are classified as income, you must declare any winnings on your income tax form. Should you win a prize in excess of $5,000, a federal tax of 25 percent will be withheld. Certain areas will also exercise a state tax, with different states charging their own set tariff. For more information, head to the Powerball Rules page.

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7. What are the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot?

Your chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, while the odds of winning any prize stand at 1 in 24.9.

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8. Is there a minimum Powerball jackpot?

Powerball jackpots begin at $40 million.

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9. Does Powerball have a jackpot cap or rollover limit?

No, the Powerball jackpot will continue growing until it is won. The largest Powerball jackpot in history occurred in January 2016 when the prize total reached a staggering $1.58 billion.

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