Whether you’re a new Powerball player or a seasoned professional, reviewing the basics of this popular draw game is always beneficial.
Read on to learn 8 things you need to know about Powerball!
1) When was Powerball first introduced?
According to the California Lottery website, Powerball tickets were introduced to California lottery players for the first time on April 8, 2013. The very first Powerball draw in California took place on April 10, 2013. It has quickly become one of the most popular lottery games in the State!
2) How much is the Powerball jackpot?
The Powerball jackpot starts at $40 million. If there are no jackpot winners, the jackpot will increase by at least $10 million. The largest lottery jackpot prize in U.S. history came in January 2016, when the Powerball jackpot rose to a record $1.586 billion!
3) How do you play Powerball?
To play Powerball, players choose 5 regular numbers from 1 to 69 and 1 Powerball number from 1 to 26. The jackpot is won by matching all five regular numbers (in any order) and the Powerball number.
4) How much does it cost to play Powerball?
Each Powerball ticket costs $2. Purchase your ticket here!
5) When are the Powerball draw days?
Powerball draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday. Draws close at 4:00pm Pacific Time, so make sure to purchase your lottery tickets before then!
6) What are the odds of winning a prize?
According to the California Lottery, the odds of winning any prize in Powerball is about 1 in 25 and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 293 million.
7) How much money do you win if you get less than all 6 matching numbers in Powerball?
Even if you haven’t matched all 6 winning numbers, that doesn’t mean you won’t go away empty handed! There are 9 different match combinations that can earn you a prize in Powerball. While this multi-state lottery has set prizes in other states for partial matches, prizes vary in California according to ticket sales and the number of winners.
Generally, matching just the Powerball number likely means that you’ll win around $4. Matching all 5 regular numbers could yield a 6-figure prize, while matching 4 regular numbers plus the Powerball number could land you a 5-figure prize.
8) How long do players have to claim prizes?
Don’t forget to check your Powerball tickets every Wednesday and Saturday to see if you won! Players have 180 days from the draw date to claim their prizes, other than the jackpot. The jackpot can be claimed for up to a year from the date of the Powerball draw.