How to Win Powerball Lottery Jackpot Money

  • The biggest Powerball prize ever was up for grabs in 2022 after months without a jackpot winner.
  • One lucky winner became $2.04 billion richer after the November draw.
  • But even if you don’t hit the jackpot, there are a number of ways you can come out victorious and a little richer.

A lucky winner grabbed a winning ticket in the record-breaking $2.04 billion Powerball lottery jackpot in an unprecedented November 2022 drawing.

Lottery officials announced that a winning ticket for the November 8 drawing was purchased in Los Angeles County, California.

The jackpot is the largest pool in the game’s 30-year history after more than three months of consecutive draws have gone without a winner since early August 2022.

But even if the billion-dollar jackpot eluded you then, there are plenty of other ways to come out richer in future games. For the uninitiated Powerball players who decide to impulsively buy a ticket, we’re here to break down all the possible ways you can win. You know, just in case.

First, the basics: The Powerball lottery consists of six total numbers that are randomly selected three times a week. Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EST, a live drawing takes place. All numbers are printed on white or red balls and placed into an automated machine, which spits out the winning digits.

The first five numbers (white) are between 1 and 69. The final number (red) is called the Powerball. It can be between 1 and 26.

When purchasing a ticket, players can choose all six numbers themselves, or do a “quick pick” and receive a randomly generated set of numbers. Tickets are $2 each, but you can pay an additional $1 at the time of purchase to upgrade your ticket to “Power Play.”

The ‘Power Play’ add-on means your prize money will be at least doubled if you have a winning ticket for anything other than the grand prize jackpot.

So, what exactly are the winning tickets (besides the jackpot)? The possible winning tickets and their prize money are as follows:

  • Match all 5 blank numbers alone — $1 million
  • Match 4 of 5 white numbers + Powerball — $50,000
  • Match only 4 white numbers — $100
  • Match 3 White Numbers + Powerball — $100
  • Match only 3 white numbers — $7
  • Match 2 White Numbers + Powerball — $7
  • Match 1 White Number + Powerball — $4
  • Powerball only — $4

The “Power Play” bonus is announced at the time of the draw and does not apply to jackpot winnings. If you’ve matched all five white numbers and selected “Power Play” at the time of purchasing your ticket, you’ll win $2 million (instead of the standard $1 million). For all other prizes, the “Power Play” bonus will be either 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x your winnings.

The total chance of winning any of the prizes starting at $4 is 1 in 24.87. But the chance of walking away with the jackpot is much smaller: 1 in 292 million. In case you take home a lump sum, don’t forget to hire a lawyer. Most states give players at least 180 days to appear.

Editor’s note: This story was first published in January 2016 and has been updated to reflect recent developments.

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