Powerball FAQ

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about powerball.

  • When are the Powerball drawings?
    • Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 pm EST.
  • How can I find out the winning numbers?
    • Watch the drawings every Wednesday and Saturday night on your area’s official lottery drawing station to determine drawing results, or visit the Wyoming Powerball page for results.
  • What is the ticket cost?
    • Starting Jan 15, $2 per play.
  • What is a playslip?
    • A playslip is a paper selection method that allows a player to select their numbers prior to reaching the point of sale at a retailer location. It will produce up to 5 plays per playslip at $2 per play. (See Powerball play page for instructions on completing a playslip. It can be saved and reused for regular weekly purchases.
  • What is the minimum jackpot?
    • $40 million?
  • How does the jackpot rollover?
    • Jackpots will continue to grow from drawing to drawing if no winner is selected. The jackpot increase is based on estimated sales.
  • What are the odds of winning?
    • The overall odds of winning are 1 in 175 million.
  • Do I have to match the numbers in exact order to be a winner?
    • No, as long as you have the numbers drawn listed on your ticket in a single row, it does not matter what order they are drawn. However, you do have to match the Powerball number exactly.
  • Can I get the computer to pick my numbers?
    • Yes. Just ask for a Quick Pick ticket. This gives players the option to have the Lottery computer select any or all of their numbers.
  • Can I buy tickets for more than one drawing at a time?
    • Yes. Players can purchase a multi-draw ticket for as many as 52 consecutive draws, including the current draw.
  • What is an exchange ticket?
    • If a player wins on a multi-draw ticket, and still has draws left on that ticket, when the winning ticket is validated and paid, a new ticket covering the remainder of the draws will be printed in “exchange” for the ticket that is being paid out.
  • How soon after the winning numbers are drawn can I collect my prize?
    • Players can cash their tickets after the drawing is finalized that evening.
  • What is the cut-off time to purchase Powerball tickets before the drawing?
    • The deadline for purchases before the drawing on Wednesday and Saturday is 9:59pm EST.
  • Can Powerball tickets be cancelled?
    • No, so it is imperative that you check your numbers and verify the cost of your ticket prior to purchase.
  • What is Power Play?
    • This Powerball game feature allows a player to multiply their winnings of all set prizes (except the jackpot prize and the Match 5 bonus prize) by a number between 2 and 5 randomly drawn by a wheel spin just before the Powerball drawing. Power Play players who win any of the set prizes are guaranteed to multiply their winnings up to five times.
  • Can I use a playslip from another Powerball state?
    • No. There is a separate Powerball playslip designed for Wyoming. Because each state’s lottery terminals operate differently, you cannot use a playslip from another state.
  • What happens to prize money if the jackpot winner chooses annuity payments and then dies?
    • The right of any person to a prize shall not be assignable. Payment of any prize may be paid to the estate of a deceased prize winner or to a person designated pursuant to a court order.
  • Who operates Powerball?
    • The Multi-State Lottery Association, a non-profit organization entirely owned and operated by member lotteries. The association is based in Des Moines, Iowa, and has a 14-member staff that operates at the direction of its Board of Directors. The board of directors is made up of the executive directors of each member lottery. The association operates several games, one of which is Powerball.
  • How many lotteries participate in Powerball?
    • Wyoming will be the newest lottery to join the Powerball group, bringing the total number of lotteries selling Powerball to 31. For a list of lottery members participating in Powerball visit www.powerball.com.
  • Where does the money go?
    • All proceeds from the sale of Powerball tickets except for a states share of the jackpot remain in, the state where the tickets were sold. Each states share of the jackpot is based on it’s percentage of sales for each drawing.
  • Where are the numbers drawn?
    • The numbers are drawn in Des Moines, Iowa in the presence of multi-state lottery draw officials, an independent auditor and a security official.
  • What is the Match 5 Bonus Prize?
    • Whenever the Powerball jackpot reaches a record level, the amount of the jackpot prize is limited to increases for each draw of no more than $25 million. The prize money collected in excess of the maximum $25 million increase will be placed into the Match 5 Bonus prize pool and will accumulate until there is a jackpot winner. When there is a jackpot winner, the Match 5 Bonus prize pool will be divided equally among all winners of the Match 5 prize. The prize will be paid in one cash lump sum.The Match 5 Bonus prize is in addition to any Power Play prizes that may be won and is not multiplied. Although it is unlikely, it is possible that no Match 5 winner will exist for a drawing where the jackpot is won and in which a Match 5 Bonus Prize pools exists. In this case, the Match 5 Bonus prize pool will be paid out to the Match 4+1 winners.
  • What happens to Unclaimed Prizes?
    • Except for the jackpot (and the Match 5 BONUS prize whenever it is in effect), all unclaimed prizes are kept by the lottery jurisdiction that has the unclaimed winner. The jackpot money and BONUS prize pool are treated differently. If these two prize pools are unclaimed, the money must be returned back to all lotteries, in proportion to their sales for the draw run. The lotteries then distribute the money as they are required by law.