There are nine different ways to win Powerball prizes in every draw, based on how many numbers you match. You can win $4 just for matching the Powerball, while the jackpot is won by matching all five main numbers plus the Powerball. The top prize starts at $20 million ( * During the Coronavirus pandemic, the starting jackpot may be lower than this) and increases every time it is not won.
If there are multiple winners of the jackpot, it will be shared equally between them. The eight prizes below the jackpot are fixed amounts, so for these prizes there is a guaranteed payout regardless of how many winning players there are. Go to the Powerball Numbers page to see the latest prize payouts.
The Powerball payout chart below shows how many numbers you need to match to win the different prizes and the odds of winning each. You can also see statistics about past winners in each division.
Winners Per Draw
|Winners in Last Draw|
|Match 5 + PB||Jackpot||1 in 292,201,338||0||4||0.1||1|
|Match 5||$1,000,000||1 in 1,688,054||0||89||2.6||35|
|Match 4 + PB||$50,000||1 in 913,129||1||827||23.6||38|
|Match 4||$100||1 in 36,525||136||20,544||711.3||1,241|
|Match 3 + PB||$100||1 in 14,494||329||47,685||1,386.3||2,011|
|Match 3||$7||1 in 580||9,160||1,164,124||40,142.7||54,107|
|Match 2 + PB||$7||1 in 701||7,441||895,097||25,842.2||32,965|
|Match 1 + PB||$4||1 in 92||60,368||6,343,237||181,549.6||221,876|
|Match 0 + PB||$4||1 in 38||0||14,595,721||405,688.6||496,927|
|The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are approximately 1 in 24.9|
Figures calculated using results drawn between April 22nd 1992 and January 23rd 2021.View the different Powerball prizes on offer in our comprehensive payout chart, along with Power Play prizes and the odds of winning at each level.
Powerball odds explained: From the big jackpot to 8 smaller prizes
By Jeff Goldman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
The odds of at least getting your money back are about 25 to 1
While the odds of hitting Wednesday’s $700 million Powerball jackpot are astronomical, the chances of winning a considerably more modest prize are not exactly great, either.
The overall odds of winning something after buying a $2 ticket are roughly 1 in 25 — 24.87 to be nearly exact. If you spend an extra $1 to exercise the Powerplay option, you can double, triple, quadruple or on rare occasions quintuple your winnings on non-jackpot winning prizes.
To begin with there are two sets of Powerball balls. Five white balls are drawn out of a drum containing 69 balls. Then one red ball is drawn out of a drum with 26 red balls. The red ball is also known as the Powerball.
The Powerball – $4
Lets’ start with the small prizes.
The odds of your ticket matching only the red Powerball are 38.32 to 1. If you do, you win $4.
1 number plus the Powerball – still $4
Matching one number and the Powerball is more difficult than just having the Powerball (1 in 91.98) but the reward is no greater — it’s still a $4 prize.
2 numbers plus the Powerball – $7
It’s a more than 700 to 1 shot (701.33 to be almost exact) to buy a ticket containing two numbers and the Powerball, but the payout is a measly $7.
3 numbers – still $7
If your ticket matched three of the five white balls, you still win just $7. The odds of hitting three numbers, but not the Powerball are 579.76 to 1.
3 numbers plus the Powerball – $100
The good news is that the prize amount has finally reached triple figues – $100. The bad news is that the odds of buying a ticket that matched three numbers plus the Powerball are 14,494.11 to 1.
4 numbers – still $100
A ticket that matches four numbers from the white ball drawn (but not the Powerball) is tantalizing close to winning serious money, but is also worth only $100. It’s about a 1 in 36,525 shot to get even that lucky, though.
Seabra Food in Kearny sold a a $50,000 ticket for Saturday’s Powerball drawing. It was one of six sold in New Jersey to match four numbers plus the Powerball.
4 numbers plus the Powerball – $50,000
The prize climbs all the way to winning $50,000 if you manage to beat the roughly 913,129 to 1 odds and match four numbers plus the Powerball.
Six people who bought tickets in New Jersey for Saturday’s $541.9 million drawing defied those nearly million-to one-odds.
5 numbers – $1 million
The life-changing money begins at this prize level. All you have to do to win at least $1 million is match the numbers on the five white balls drawn, but not the Powerball. Good luck overcoming the 11,688,053.52 to 1 odds, though.
Pearlie Mae Smith of Trenton and her seven adult children are the most recent New Jerseyans to hit the Powerball jackpot. The Smiths won the $429.6 million drawing held on May 7, 2016. It’s the largest lottery prize won in the Garden State.
Cristina Rojas | For NJ.com
Powerball jackpot – Big money time
The dream for any lottery player is hitting the jackpot. The odds of buying a ticket that matches all five numbers and the Powerball are 292,201,338 to 1.
Wednesday’s $700 million prize offers a cash option of $411.3 million, making it the third-largest prize in U.S. lottery history. The jackpot has overtaken the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot of March 30, 2012 and is the second-largest in lottery history.
Three ticket holders — one each in Kansas, Maryland and Illinois split that Mega Millions fortune.Powerball odds explained: From the big jackpot to 8 smaller prizes By Jeff Goldman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com The odds of at least getting your money back are about 25 to 1 While the ]]>