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Powerball: How much do you win if you get the red ball?

The Powerball draw takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday every week, with nine different ways to win and millions of dollars on offer.

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Powerball is one of the most popular lottery games in the United States and is played right across the country. After the Mega Millions draw soared to a billion-dollar jackpot last week, there has been renewed interest in the lottery.

But aside from the multi-million-dollar top prizes, there are a number of other ways to win. If you correctly select the red ‘Powerball number’ you are guaranteed to get your money back, with a little extra to boot.

Players have to fork out $2 for each ticket they purchase for the chance to win at least $4. The jackpot amount changes for each draw and is bolstered when there are a series of draws without a winner.

Even if you fail to pick all six numbers correctly, you can bank up to $1 million for selecting all but the Powerball.

However there are also special add-on features that players can opt to purchase. Doing so could multiply the base amount of non-jackpot prizes or even get a second chance to win with their numbers.

Powerball is played three times a week

Drawings occur three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 pm ET. Ticket sales cut off either one or two hours before the drawing, depending on the lottery jurisdiction. An initial investment of $2 per ticket gives players a chance to win nine different prize amounts.

Wherever the game is played, punters can chance another dollar on each ticket to increase all winning combinations except the jackpot by up to ten fold while in some lottery jurisdictions, for another dollar per ticket, players can have a second shot at winning up to $10 million.

How to play Powerball

When you play Powerball you need to choose six numbers from two separate pools for the drawing. Players choose five numbers between 1 and 69 for the white balls and one number for a red ball, or Powerball, from 1 to 26.

There are a total of nine ways to win a prize in Powerball, ranging from $4, recovering your initial $2 buy-in plus $2 winnings, to the jackpot. But players have additional options to potentially multiply the prize money they get for a winning combination or even have a second chance at winning.

What are the nine prizes for the Powerball?

All states set the 2nd through 9th prizes at pre-determined amounts, except California, where all prize payouts are based on sales and the number of winners. Typically, the top prize starts at $20 million and accumulates with a rollover every time there is no winner. Should more than one person win the top prize the jackpot will be divided equally between them all.

The nine possible winning combinations are as follows:

  • Match 5 + Powerball: Jackpot (1 in 292,201,338)
  • Match 5: $1,000,000 (1 in 11,688,054)
  • Match 4 + Powerball: $50,000 (1 in 913,129)
  • Match 4: $100 (1 in 36,525)
  • Match 3 + Powerball: $100 (1 in 14,494)
  • Match 3: $7 (1 in 580)
  • Match 2 + Powerball: $7 (1 in 701)
  • Match 1 + Powerball: $4 (1 in 92)
  • Match 0 + Powerball: $4 (1 in 38)

Boost your potential winnings

Players can increase their prize amounts by spending an extra $1 for the “Power Play” option to win two, three, four or five times the corresponding prize, even possibly multiplying the prize by ten if the estimated jackpot is below $150 million. However, the Power Play only applies to non-jackpot prizes below $1 million.

Any Power Play number doubles the $1 million prize. The number is randomly generated before each drawing with each multiplier weighted.

Double Play gives players a second chance at winning a prize based on the numbers they’ve chosen. The winning numbers are draw immediately after the Powerball drawing. Double play is only available in 13 lottery jurisdictions.

Like Powerball, each number combination has a set prize amount starting at $7 and topping out at $10 million, but the Power Play add-on feature does not apply to Double Play drawings.

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