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Powerball jackpot hits record $1.9 billion. Here’s how to play and 10 other things to know

Powerball jackpot hits record $1.9 billion. Here’s how to play and 10 other things to know

The saying “you can’t win if you don’t play” has people who have never played Powerbspanll considering buying a ticket for a chance to win a record $1.9 billion jackpot.

There were no jackpot winners in Saturday’s Powerball drawing for $1.6 billion, with nobody selecting all six numbers. 

The jackpot is now $1.9 billion, with a cash payout option of $929.1 million. The next drawing is tonight.

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If you’ve never played before, here’s what you should know:

How much does a Powerball ticket cost?

Powerball tickets cost $2 each. A Powerball with Power Play ticket costs $3. A Powerball with Double Play ticket costs $3. A Powerball with Power Play and Double Play ticket costs $4.

Where do you buy a Powerball ticket?

Tickets are available at authorized lottery retailers — including drugstores, gas stations, grocery stores and convenience stores — in 45 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

How do you play Powerball?

Florida Powerball playslip

How to fill out your Florida Powerball “playslip”

The Florida playslip allows you to play five games at the same time, if you want. In each section: 

  1. Select a number from one to 69 in the top panel or mark QP to let the terminal randomly select your numbers.
  2. Select a number from one to 26 in the bottom panel or mark QP to let the terminal randomly select your numbers.
  3. For a chance to win cash prizes in an additional drawing held after the Powerball drawing using the same numbers on your Powerball ticket, select the Double Play box for an additional $1 per play.
  4. To multiply non-jackpot prizes, select the Power Play box. Power Play costs an additional $1 more per play. Selecting the Power Play box applies to all panels and Quick Picks played on the playslip. Power Play does not apply to Double Play prizes.
  5. To play the same numbers for more than one drawing, select the number of draws you want to play under the Advance Play section.
  6. Mark the Jackpot Combo box to receive a $2 Powerball, $2 Florida Lotto and a $2 Mega Millions Quick Pick ticket for the next drawings.
  7. Give your completed playslip to the retailer. You’ll get a printed ticket with your numbers, draw date or dates and confirmation if you selected add-on features such as Power Play or Double Play.

Players can choose their numbers by filling out a paper playslip at the retail location, a digital playslip via the Florida Lottery mobile app, or by telling the retailer the numbers they wish to play.

On the playslip, select five numbers from 1 to 69 in the upper play area and one Powerball number from 1 to 26 in the lower play area.

Players also have the option of requesting Quick Pick to have the terminal randomly select numbers for you. 

What is Powerball Power Play and Double Play?

The game’s starting jackpot is $20 million. Powerball has nine prize levels, with lower-tier prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million, and up to $2 million with Power Play and $10 million with Double Play.

Power Play is an add-on feature that allows players to multiply their winnings. With Power Play, players can win $2 million for matching the five white balls or multiply other non-jackpot prizes by 2X, 3X, 4X, or 5X.

When the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less, a 10X multiplier will also be added. The multiplier number will be selected just before the draw. Power Play tickets cost an additional $1 per play.

Double Play is another add-on feature that gives players the chance to win up to $10 million in an additional drawing held following the Powerball drawing, using the same numbers played on their Powerball ticket. Double Play tickets cost an additional $1 per play.

When are Powerball drawings?

Drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Tickets may be purchased until 10 p.m. on the night of the drawing. Tickets purchased after that time will be applicable for the next drawing.

How do you win at Powerball?

Five white balls (numbered 1 through 69) and one Powerball (numbered 1 through 26) are randomly selected.

Players win the jackpot by matching, in any order, the five numbers drawn from the first set of balls and the Powerball drawn from the second set.

Players win other Powerball prizes, ranging from $4 up to $1 million, by matching non-jackpot winning combinations.

There are seven additional ways to win — with smaller payouts — by matching fewer numbers.

How is the Powerball jackpot calculated?

The advertised Powerball jackpot is set by the Multi-State Lottery Association for each drawing.

Jackpots are calculated based on anticipated sales for that drawing, funds rolled over from previous drawings and current interest rates for long-term investments.

For every $2 ticket sold, 34.0066% is allocated to the jackpot pool.

What are the odds of winning Powerball?

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The odds of winning any individual Powerball or Powerball with Double Play prize are 1 in 24.9. 

These odds are the same in every Powerball drawing, according to Powerbspanll’s website. Even if there are more tickets sold in a particular drawing, the odds of winning a prize are the same. 

When do Florida Powerball tickets expire?

As with all games offered by the Florida Lottery, Florida Powerball tickets expire 180 days from the winning drawing date.

Does the Powerball jackpot have a cash option?

Yes. Jackpot winners may choose to receive their portion of a jackpot prize as an annuity payment or a one-time, lump-sum payment. Jackpot prizes must be claimed within the first 60 days after the winning drawing date to receive the cash option, according to the Floridspan Lottery.

Jackpot winners can select to receive 30 graduated payments over 29 years. The annual payments increase by 5% until the 30th and final payment. The 30 payments added up equal the value of the annuity. 

What are the top 5 Powerball jackpots?

Here are the top five Powerball jackpots as of Nov. 3, 2022:

1. $1.6 billion — Nov. 4, 2022

2. $1.586 billion — Jan. 13, 2016; California, Florida and Tennessee

3. $768.4 million — Mar. 27, 2019; Wisconsin

4. $758.7 million — Aug. 23, 2017; Massachusetts

5. $731.1 million — Jan. 20, 2021; Maryland


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