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POWERBALL Draw Closes In:

  • 2
    Days
  • 09
    Hours
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Draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday after
draw entry closes at 7:00 p.m.

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Estimated for drawing Jul 30, 2014
Estimated Cash Value: $36,300,000
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FAQs

Answers to your POWERBALL questions.

What is POWERBALL®?

POWERBALL® is a multi-state, mega-jackpot lottery game. The California Lottery began selling tickets for Powerball on April 8, 2013. Each play costs $2. The first Powerball draw which included California sales was April 10, 2013. Draws close every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:00 pm Pacific Time (PT) and winning numbers will be drawn at 7:59 pm PT.

Which states sell the POWERBALL® game?

All U.S. states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. are selling $2 POWERBALL®, except: NV, UT, WY, MS, AL, HI, and AK.

How is POWERBALL® played and what are the odds of winning a prize?

Players choose five unique numbers from 1 to 59 (white balls), and one POWERBALL® number from a second field of numbers from 1 to 35 (red balls). There are nine ways to win. The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red POWERBALL®. Each POWERBALL® play costs $2. POWERBALL® tickets cannot be cancelled.

The overall odds of winning any prize in POWERBALL is about 1 in 32 and the odds of winning the jackpot is about 1 in 176 million.

When are the POWERBALL® draws held?

POWERBALL® draws are at 7:59 pm PT every Wednesday and Saturday. Draws close at 7:00 pm PT on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is a five minute draw break from 7:00 pm PT to 7:05 pm PT pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays in order to clearly separate sales between each draw period. No sales or ticket validations can take place during this time.

Tickets sold after 7:05 pm PT are not eligible for that night’s draw, but are eligible for the following draw.

Where are POWERBALL® draws held?

POWERBALL® draws are held primarily in Florida, while “special event draws” can occur “on the road.”

POWERBALL® draws can be viewed from this page (http://www.calottery.com/play/draw-games/powerball).

What is the jackpot for POWERBALL®?

POWERBALL® jackpots start at $40 million. If there are no jackpot winners, the jackpot will increase at a minimum of $10 million.

If there is more than one Grand Prize winner, the jackpot is divided equally among the winners.

How is the POWERBALL® jackpot prize paid out?

The POWERBALL® prize is paid in 30 graduated annual installments unless the winner chooses the POWERBALL® Cash Option.

The Cash Option for a POWERBALL® jackpot must be selected by the jackpot winner within 60 days after the Lottery authorizes payment.

How long do players have to claim prizes?

Players have 180 days from the date of the POWERBALL® draw to claim prizes, other than the jackpot. The jackpot can be claimed for up to a year from the date of the POWERBALL® draw.

What are the other prizes in POWERBALL®?

There are nine ways to win a prize in POWERBALL®. Just like SuperLotto Plus® and MEGA Millions®, all the prizes won in California are pari-mutuel.

POWERBALL Prize % and Odds

Odds 1 In
All 5 of 5 and POWERBALL® 175,223,510
All 5 of 5 5,153,633
Any 4 of 5 and POWERBALL® 648,976
Any 4 of 5 19,088
Any 3 of 5 and POWERBALL® 12,245
Any 3 of 5 360
Any 2 of 5 and POWERBALL® 706
Any 1 of 5 and POWERBALL® 111
NONE of 5, only POWERBALL® 55

Overall Odds: 1 In 31.85

The odds presented here are based on a $2 play. “Odds 1 in” are rounded up from two decimal places. Prize amounts are pari-mutuel and vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners. On any play, only the highest prize won is awarded. The jackpot (Match 5 plus the POWERBALL® number) prize amount will roll to the next draw if not hit, and continue rolling until hit. If there are no winners in any of the other prize categories, all monies in those prize categories roll to the SAME prize category for the next draw.

Does POWERBALL® have an Advance Play option?

Yes. POWERBALL® has Advance Play available for up to 10 draws (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 10 draws). Advance Play is available on the POWERBALL playslip and via keys on Lottery gaming devices.

Does POWERBALL® have the Quick Pick feature?

Yes. 10 Quick Pick plays are available per playslip. Additional Quick Picks are also available via keys on Lottery gaming devices.

NOTE: a maximum of 10 Plays print per ticket.

Is Group Play and Multiple Ownership Claims available for POWERBALL®?

Yes. The maximum number of claimants on a multiple ownership claim is 100, the same as for SuperLotto Plus and MEGA Millions.

How will players find out if they have won?
The winning POWERBALL® numbers can be found at all California Lottery Retail locations, at here, or by calling 1-800-LOTTERY. Many California newspapers and TV stations showcase the winning POWERBALL® numbers, as well as all other Lottery numbers as a convenience to their customers. See videos here.
Can a winning POWERBALL® prize purchased in California be claimed in another state?

No. A POWERBALL® winning ticket must be redeemed in the state in which it was purchased.

How will POWERBALL® players collect prizes?
POWERBALL® winning tickets may be validated the day after the drawing. POWERBALL® prizes less than $600 may be collected at a Lottery retail location. POWERBALL® prizes of more than $600 may be claimed at any California Lottery District Office. A Winner Claim Form (available at Lottery Retail locations, any Lottery District Office or downloaded from here) must be filled out and delivered to the District Office or mailed to Lottery Headquarters. All Claim Forms are processed at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento and a check will be sent in the mail to all valid POWERBALL® winners (within approximately six to eight weeks). A list of District Offices is available here.
Where does the money go from the sale of POWERBALL® tickets?

The sales from POWERBALL® in California help supplement public education funding in the State of California just like the sales from all other California Lottery games.

PowerPlay: Some states offer PowerPlay and California does not – Why?

In California, POWERBALL prize amounts are pari-mutuel, will vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners and will differ from the fixed prizes shown on the POWERBALL website.

Is there a Combo Play Key for POWERBALL like Mega Millions?
  • Yes… the PB/SLP Combo Key will offer 1-$2 Powerball play with 1-$1 SLP play for $3 to facilitate a one button process when buying both games since both have draws on the same night.  (Note: the MM/SLP Combo Key provides 5 $1MM + 5 $1SLP plays for $10)


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