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Tonight winning Lottery numbers

Having initially played ‘little sister’ in the US to Mega Millions, changes made in preparation for the draw on Wednesday January 18, 2012 meant that Powerball now consistently awards the biggest lottery jackpots in the world. In the year after the changes were made, just under one in two (actual amount: 50 out of 104) Powerball draw jackpots were more than $100, 000, 000. Throw into the mix the $40, 000, 000 starting jackpot and you have the worlds most exciting and rewarding lottery.

The jackpot increase wasn’t the only change made in 2012, as the $200, 000 prize for matching five numbers multiplied by five to $1, 000, 000, meaning that more Powerball millionaires could be made just by matching five numbers. But it isn’t just the big winners that were affected by these changes, even the minimum prize win increased to $4.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are now just 1 in 31.85, while the chances of winning the jackpot are a little over 1 in 175, 000, 000.

Quick Guide to Playing

  • Buy tickets for online or from your local Powerball retailer.
  • Pick five regular numbers from 1–59 and the Powerball from 1–35.
  • Draws take place on Wednesday and Saturday evenings as 10.59 p.m. ET.
  • Check the Powerball and other winning numbers.
  • Odds of winning a payout stand at 1 in 31.85.
  • Win huge jackpots of more than $40, 000, 000.
  • Claim prizes by within 180 days or online the next day.

Choose five numbers from between 1 and 59. Like nearly all lotteries, none of these five numbers can be the same and the order doesn't matter. You'll also choose a bonus number between 1 and 35 – this is the Powerball. We recommend you spend a little more and take the Power Play option; we explain why in more detail below. Once you’ve bought a ticket, then you’re going to have to wait for the drawings to take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. ET. It’s that simple and will take you one step closer to hunting down that big win.

Powerball Payouts

Every time a Powerball ticket is bought, a massive 50% goes towards prizes with 20% going directly into the jackpot pool, while the other 30% goes towards the other prizes. So whenever you buy Powerball tickets, 20% of what you spend goes straight to the jackpot. The remaining 50% goes to the state where the ticket was bought to cover operating cost, retailer costs and of course good causes.

Payouts are awarded according to how many numbers you have matched. The golden rule is that the more numbers matched the bigger the prize. The biggest decision you’ll need to make is your Powerball number, as matching this alone will win you $4, match just two more regular numbers and you’re on your way!

Numbers Matched Prize Odds of Winning
5 + Powerball Jackpot 1 in 175, 223, 510
$1, 000, 000 1 in 5, 153, 632
4 + Powerball $10, 000 1 in 648, 975
$100 1 in 19, 087
3 + Powerball 1 in 12, 244
$7 1 in 360
2 + Powerball 1 in 706
1 + Powerball $4 1 in 110
Powerball only 1 in 55

The Power Play

On top of the cost of a regular ticket, you can pay extra for the Power Play option which acts as a multiplier of prizes in a similar way to how Mega Millions’ Megaplier does. Taking the Power Play option multiplies winnings earned by matching just one number right through to matching five numbers - turning the $1, 000, 000 prize into a $2, 000, 000 prize.

For example, the basic $4 prize for getting just the Powerball in the regular game becomes a $12 prize with the Power Play option. There is no multiplier for the jackpot prize if you use the Power Play but if you’ve won the jackpot then you we’re sure you won’t be complaining.

The table below illustrates how the Power Play option affects each prize.

Power Play (Multiplier) Power Play Prize
2x $2, 000, 000
4x $40, 000
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