Jackpot games: powerball
It’s Easy to Play
Ask a clerk for a play slip and pick your 5 unique numbers between 1 and 59 (White). Then, pick 1 additional number between 1 and 35 (Red Powerball). You can also ask the clerk for a Quick Pick and have your numbers automatically selected for you.
If you want to play Powerball right now, buy your online tickets online here. You can pick your numbers yourself, or select Quick Pick to have your numbers randomly generated. The minimum purchase online is $5.
The base Powerball game is $2. You can multiply your winnings by adding Power Play® for an additional $1 per game. Powerball tickets may be purchased until 9:00pm on the night of the drawing. Tickets purchased after that time will be eligible for the next drawing.
Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and grow quickly with each roll. There are nine ways to win and you can win up to $2,000,000 with Power Play®!
How to Win
If your numbers match, you could be a winner! Reference the chart below to see the various game payouts and to understand how you can win more with Power Play®!
|Prize||Chances||Prize||Power Play®** Prize|
Match 5 white balls and the red "Powerball"
Match 5 white balls only
Match 4 white balls and the red "Powerball"
Match 4 white balls only
Match 3 white balls and the red "Powerball"
Match 3 white balls only
Match 2 white balls and the red "Powerball"
Match 1 white ball and the red "Powerball"
Match the "Powerball" only
*In some cases these prizes may be paid on a pari-mutuel basis, and will be lower than these published prize levels. If two or more people match all six winning numbers, that jackpot is shared equally among the winners. Jackpot winner(s) will receive their prize in annual installments over a 29-year period unless, within 60 days from the date they claim their prize, they request the Cash Option method of payment. Power Play® multiplies non-jackpot prizes only. For a current estimate on the cash amount for Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto, contact the Illinois Lottery.
**Power Play® is a special feature that increases the value of prize levels 2 through 9. The Match 5+0 prize doubles to $2,000,000 with Power Play®! Note that any set prizes or Power Play® prizes, including the Match 5+0 prizes, may be reduced if wins exceed the available prize fund. A player must choose the Power Play® option when they buy their Powerball ticket to qualify for the Power Play® benefits.
Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday evenings (9:59 p.m. Central Time) in Orlando, Florida. Occasionally, the multi-state lottery games go on the road and are drawn during special events around the nation, but most of the time the numbers are drawn at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Powerball currently uses a 5/59 (white balls) + 1/35 (the Powerball) matrix to select its winning numbers. Draw sales cut off at least 59 minutes before the draw.
All profits from the games are kept by the state that sells the ticket. The association conducts drawings, performs central game administration (including game development and research), and manages central accounting and the purchase of government securities to fund annuitized prizes. You can also watch the next drawing on WGN-TV (Wednesday or Saturday at 9:59pm CST). Winning Numbers are published in most local newspapers and online.
The prize payout information for Powerball will be updated by Thursday and Sunday mornings at 12:30AM CST, following scheduled drawings.
Note: Illinois Lottery only reports the payout information for Illinois winners. For payout information of all participating Powerball states, please visit www.powerball.com.