Powerball prizes must be claimed in the state where the tickets were purchased. Each state has its own rules about when prizes must be claimed and it is the responsibility of the player to come forward in time. Visit the How to Claim page for more information. Winning tickets must be checked and validated by the lottery operator in the state where the ticket was bought, or by an agent of the operator, such as an authorized retailer, before prizes can be paid out.
Anyone who wins a large Powerball prize must pay federal taxes in the US, regardless of whether or not they are a resident. This is set at a rate depending on your total annual income (including money from lottery winnings). The lottery makes an immediate 25 percent federal withholding on prizes of more than $5,000, and most states levy a local withholding, although Tennessee and South Dakota do not.
Below are the tax withholdings by state, although certain other factors – such as residency – could affect these. For further advice, consult a professional financial advisor.
|U.S. Virgin Islands||0.0%|
Find out more about PowerBall in the frequently asked questions below. Visit the general FAQs page for more information about playing lotteries in South Africa.
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+ What time does the draw take place?
The winning PowerBall numbers are drawn at approximately 21:00 every Tuesday and Friday.
+ How much does it cost to play?
PowerBall costs R5 per board and PowerBall Plus costs an additional R2.50 to play.
+ When was the first PowerBall draw?
PowerBall was introduced in 2009 by then-lottery operator Gidani as another opportunity for players to win multi-million rand prizes. The first draw took place on 23rd October that year, with a R30 million jackpot on offer – which was won that very draw.
+ What is the biggest ever jackpot?
The record for the highest ever PowerBall jackpot was set in February 2019, when a man from Capetown matched all five main numbers and the PowerBall to win R232 million. He chose to remain anonymous; the only information revealed about the winner was that he was a man in his fifties who worked in a blue collar job.
Power Play Prizes
The Power Play is an add-on that you can opt in to when you enter Powerball. For an additional stake, the Power Play increases any non-jackpot prizes won by up to 10 times their original value.
Alongside each main Powerball draw, a Power Play number – either 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 – is also selected. If you opt in to Power Play, any non-jackpot prizes you win are multiplied by this number. The Power Play number is the same for all players, and is available in all territories that offer Powerball, with the exception of California. The following conditions apply for the Power Play add-on:
- You must opt in to play Power Play at the point you purchase a Powerball ticket. You cannot elect to play at a later date.
- The jackpot prize is not included in Power Play, so will retain its original value regardless of which Power Play number is selected.
- The Match 5 prize will only be multiplied by a maximum of 2x its original value, regardless of which Power Play number is selected.
- The 10x Power Play is only available when the jackpot value is less than $150 million.
The table below shows the prizes on offer when you play Power Play:
5 + Powerball
|$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million|
4 + Powerball
3 + Powerball
2 + Powerball
1 + Powerball
USA Powerball Results
You can find the latest USA Powerball result below, including the winning numbers and how much prize money was won. For more results, please visit Powerball.net.
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Jackpot for this draw: $22,000,000
Display Balls in Drawn OrderShow USA Powerball Winners 08-19
|Prize Division||Prize Amount||Winners||Total Prize Fund|
|Match 5 plus Powerball||$22,000,000.00||Rollover 0||$0.00|
|Match 4 plus Powerball||$50,000.00||5||$250,000.00|
|Match 3 plus Powerball||$100.00||482||$48,200.00|
|Match 2 plus Powerball||$7.00||9,354||$65,478.00|
|Match 1 plus Powerball||$4.00||72,661||$290,644.00|
|Match 0 plus Powerball||$4.00||174,927||$699,708.00|
|Match 5 (with Power Play)||$2,000,000.00||1||$2,000,000.00|
|Match 4 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$500,000.00||1||$500,000.00|
|Match 4 (with Power Play)||$1,000.00||67||$67,000.00|
|Match 3 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$1,000.00||173||$173,000.00|
|Match 3 (with Power Play)||$70.00||3,767||$263,690.00|
|Match 2 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$70.00||3,300||$231,000.00|
|Match 1 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$40.00||25,297||$1,011,880.00|
|Match 0 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$40.00||59,545||$2,381,800.00|
Tonight’s USA Powerball Jackpot
$29 MillionSaturday, 22 August 2020
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Prizes and Odds of Winning
You must match all five numbers and the PowerBall to win the jackpot, but you can win a prize even for just matching the PowerBall on its own. The table below shows how many numbers you need to match to win in each prize division, as well as the odds of winning:
|Prize Division||Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning*||Percentage of Prize Pool||Average Prizefor the past 365 days’ draws|
|1||5 + PowerBall||1 in 42,375,200||70.73%||R46,809,045.67|
|2||5||1 in 2,230,274||5.19%||R193,461.71|
|3||4 + PowerBall||1 in 188,334||3.25%||R19,632.81|
|4||4||1 in 9,912||5.51%||R1,068.65|
|5||3 + PowerBall||1 in 4,280||6.23%||R515.65|
|6||3||1 in 225||5.19%||R22.18|
|7||2 + PowerBall||1 in 299||3.9%||R22.01|
|8||1 + PowerBall||1 in 57||Fixed R15||R15.00|
|9||PowerBall Only||1 in 35||Fixed R10||R10.00|
The prizes in the eighth and ninth division are fixed at R15 and R10 respectively. The prizes in the upper seven divisions are pari-mutuel, meaning each division receives a percentage of the total Prize Pool. Fixed prizes are paid out first, with the remainder of the Prize Pool divided between the seven other divisions according to the percentages in the table. The value of a prize in these divisions can vary, depending on how many winners there are and how much money is in the Prize Pool.
Do you think you’ve won a PowerBall prize? Visit the How to Claim page to find out more about claiming prizes, whether you played online, with your bank or through a retailer.
Aussies Can Play the Powerball
If you thought you couldn’t play the US Powerball because you live in Australia, think again mate! A little known fact about the Powerball lottery is that Aussies, or any non-U.S. citizens for that matter, are allowed to play and collect the prize. So, we’re good to go, right?
One way to buy your Powerball tickets is to get on a plane and fly from Sydney or Melbourne to the nearest lottery retailer in California. That will probably cost quite a lot of money, though.
There’s another way to play. Purchase your Powerball lottery tickets with us and take advantage of our lottery messenger services. Our local agent based in the United States will hold onto your tickets until the day comes that you have won a huge Powerball prize. This is totally legit. You can play the Powerball from Down Under, so what are you waiting for?
Prizes and Odds of Winning
You win prizes by matching the numbers you picked to the winning ones drawn. There are fixed prizes in eight of the nine divisions, so you know exactly how much you will receive. The only prize that changes is the jackpot, which starts at a minimum of $40 million (approximately R560 million) and rolls over to the next draw when it is not won. The jackpot is shared if there are multiple winners.
The following table shows the prizes you can win, what they’re worth with each of the Power Play multipliers, and the odds of winning:
|Prize Division||Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning||Prize||With 2x Power Play||With 3x Power Play||With 4x Power Play||With 5x Power Play||With 10x Power Play|
|1||5 + Powerball||1 in 292,201,338||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot|
|2||5||1 in 11,688,054||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million|
|3||4 + Powerball||1 in 913,129||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|4||4||1 in 36,525||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|5||3 + Powerball||1 in 14,494||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|6||3||1 in 580||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|7||2 + Powerball||1 in 701||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|8||1 + Powerball||1 in 92||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|9||0 + Powerball||1 in 38||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
USA Powerball prizes are subject to differing levels of tax depending on where you play the game. For players in the USA, a federal tax of at least 24 percent is withheld on any prize greater than $5,000, while some states also withhold their own tax on winnings. If you play the game from South Africa, you could also be taxed on Powerball prizes. Go to the Taxes page for more information.