The Powerball jackpot keeps growing every week.
After no one matched the winning six numbers drawn for Saturday’s $1.6 billion jackpot, the grand prize rolled over to the next drawing on Monday and ballooned to a record $1.9 billion, with a cash payout option of $929.1 million.
More than a dozen players came close to winning it all Saturday, matching five out of the six winner numbers. But they didn’t leave empty-handed, they each took home $1 million prizes. One lucky winner in Kentucky nabbed a $2 million prize, according to Powerball.
But how do you play? And where do you buy a ticket? Here’s what you need to know.
How to play Powerball
Tickets are $2 a pop. You select five white ball numbers from 1-69 and one red “powerball” number from 1-26, according to Oregon Lottery. You can also opt for a “quick pick” that randomly selects the numbers for you.
For an extra $1, you can opt into “Powerplay,” which multiplies non-jackpot winning prizes by a factor of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10.
To win the grand prize, you have to match all six numbers, which includes five white ball numbers and one red ‘powerball’ number.
But you only need to match one number to win some kind of prize. Here is a simple guide:
- 1 matching number that is the Powerball number: $4
- 1 matching number + the Powerball number: $4
- 2 matching numbers + the Powerball number: $7
- 3 matching numbers: $7
- 3 matching numbers + the Powerball number: $100
- 4 matching numbers: $100
- 4 matching numbers + the Powerball numbers: $50,000
- 5 matching numbers: $1 million
- 5 matching numbers + the Powerball number: Grand prize
When is the next drawing?
The next Powerball drawing is Monday at 10:59 p.m. ET. It will be livestreamed at Powerball.com.
No one won Saturday’s Powerball drawing: Now the jackpot grows to a record $1.9 billion.
How much is the next Jackpot?
Monday’s jackpot sits at $1.9 billion, the largest ever. Winners can opt for a lump sum payout of $929.1 million or take the full $1.9 billion paid over 30 graduated payments over 29 years, according to Powerball. The payments increase by 5% each year.
Where can I buy a ticket?
Powerball is played in 45 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. State lottery pages provide a map with ticket vending locations. Links to most state lottery pages can be found here.
Powerball jackpot still up for grabs:Here’s what to do if you win
If you’re miffed that you missed out on the $160 million Powerball recently (there were three division 1 winners), then you might want to set your sights on the US Powerball lottery being drawn this week.
The jackpot is an estimated… wait for it… $A2.9 billion. Yes, that’s BILLION.
And Australians can enter, but you need to be quick! Entries close on Tuesday 8th November at 10am AEST time.
It’s the largest lottery prize ever offered, and if you win, it’s an almost incomprehensible amount of money to wrap your head around. How would you ever spend it?
You can opt to receive your winnings as 30 payments over 29 years, or go for a lump sum cash payment. Either way, you’ll be taxed, but there’ll be plenty left over to live a cashed-up life.
What are the odds of winning?
To win the US Powerball, you have to choose all six lucky numbers, which includes the final Powerball. You choose 5 numbers from 69 and 1 number from 26.
Lottery officials say the odds of winning the US Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. And you’ve got a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning a smaller prize.
But that won’t put you off, will it?
How to enter
Head to the Lottery Office (based here in Australia) to buy tickets, which start at $A7.
Originally posted 2022-12-15 10:30:40.