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How To Play Powerball

Updated on June 26, 2013

How To Play Powerball!

The Powerball Lottery! A national lottery with two draws weekly is the hottest lottery in the United States. A recent winner in Ohio took home a whopping $260 million! Wow!

What is Powerball? Powerball is a lottery where anyone over the age of 18 can purchase a game play form from a licensed Powerball vendor, pick possible winning numbers and pay a small fee to play. Powerball is played in several states across the United States and play forms are sold in thousands of retail locations.

But here's the question - Do you know HOW to play Poweball?

Find out now how to play Powerball and maybe someday you will win the big Powerball prize!

powerball play slip
powerball play slip

How to play Powerball

Part One

Powerball is very simple to learn and play.

Using the Powerball payslip, players pick five numbers from the "White Ball" section. There are 59 numbers to choose from and each number can only be played once for each play card.

Next, players pick one number from the "Red Powerball" section. There are 39 numbers to choose from in the Red Powerball section.

At the Powerball draw, the winner will be the player who matches the five White Balls and one Powerball.

There are only two more steps neccessary to complete the play slip for Powerball. Read on.

Pick numbers or quick pick?

When playing Powerball, should you use your own carefully selected numbers or quick pick, that is, let the system automatically choose your numbers at random?

Experts say you have the same chances of winning either way!


How To Play Powerball

Part Two

After choosing five white ball numbers and one red Powerball number, there are two more steps players need to take.

First, choose how you wish to get paid if you win! There is the annuity, where the winner receives 30 annual payments over the next 29 years or the Cash Value Option. The Cash Value Option is usually about 50-60% of the original prize. For instance, a recent winner of $260 million received a Cash Value Option prize of about $135 million.

Second, consider playing the Powerplay option. Powerplay increases the winnings of players who get any winning combination of winning numbers short of the jackpot. For instance, if a player correctly picks the five white ball numbers but NOT the red Powerball, they automatically win $200,000.00. Not too shabby, but if they played the additional Powerplay option. that prize amount would have been multiplied by 2,3,4 or 5 times depending upon the multiplier chosen at drawing time. That means the same winner could have won up to $1 million dollars.

Please note, the Powerplay option costs an additional $1 at time of play.

Lots O Lotto Links!

Now you know how to play the Powerball Lottery, how about a couple of more lenses?

Top Powerball Prizes of all Time!

Wonder if playing the Powerball Lottery is worth it? Consider the following top prizes in the game's history.

$590.5 million jackpot - won 18 May 2013

$587.5 million jackpot - won 28 November 2012

$365 million jackpot - won 18 February 2006

$340 million jackpot - won 19 October 2005

$338 million jackpot - won 23 March 2013

$337 million jackpot - won on 15 August 2012

$336.4 million jackpot - won 11 February 2012

$314.9 million jackpot - won on 25 December 2002

$314.3 million jackpot - won on 25 August 2007

Yeah, that's a lotta dough and most of it won in just the past ten years. I'd buy some tickets today!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sounds interesting! Never played powerball before though...

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      I find it to be a fun game, maybe one day........

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I've played powerball before, but I obviously don't know how to play, because I didn't win.

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      404notfound 7 years ago

      woo hoo! I want to win powerball! Money can't buy love, but it sure helps pay the bills!