Why do some states not sell Powerball tickets?
Legislators in Utah and Hawaii have always been opposed to gambling of any kind. Whereas Nevada has state-approved casinos which have left their respective gaming boards reluctant to introduce lotteries. Alaska is so sparsely populated that there has never been a huge demand for a lottery, but it has been a big issue in Alabama as so many residents cross state lines to spend money on tickets elsewhere that politicians regularly debate the merits of bringing in a lottery.
You can also take part in international lottery games from outside the USA, using similar online services to choose numbers online and try to win great prizes.
Odds of Winning
The prize you win depends on how many of the winning numbers you match.
The table below shows what you need to do to win in each tier, the odds of doing so, and the prize amounts before tax.
Your overall chances of winning any Powerball prize are around 1 in 25.
|Match||Odds of Winning||Prize|
|The overall odds of winning are 1 in 25|
|5 plus Powerball||1 in 292,201,338||Jackpot|
|5||1 in 11,688,054||$1 million|
|4 plus Powerball||1 in 913,130||$50,000|
|4||1 in 36,525||$100.00|
|3 plus Powerball||1 in 14,494||$100.00|
|3||1 in 580||$7.00|
|2 plus Powerball||1 in 701||$7.00|
|1 plus Powerball||1 in 92||$4.00|
|Powerball||1 in 38||$4.00|
The jackpot starts at $40 million and increases every time it is not won.
It is regularly worth hundreds of millions of dollars and has even exceeded $1 billion.
Visit the Powerball Winners page for a list of the 10 biggest jackpots in the history of the game.