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How to play Powerball

Think of how to play Powerball in terms of colors and numbers. You must select numbers for five white balls and one red ball (the Powerball) for a total of six numbers. Click for a closer view of the playslip to learn more.

Here are the ways to play Powerball:

  • Choose your own numbers on a playslip. Pick five different numbers from 1 through 69; then, select one Powerball number from 1 through 26.
  • Or you can choose Easy Pick and let the computer choose your numbers
  • You can also use a combination of these play methods: Pick some of your favorite numbers, and let the computer fill in the rest.
  • Each play (six numbers) costs $2.
  • Powerball draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 11 p.m.

So How do You Win Powerball Prizes Consistently?

The key to winning on any game that is based on probability, such as any lottery game, is to devise a system that gives you the maximum number of chances of winning by using the laws of probability instead of letting them work against you.

Sounds pretty obvious I know but bear with me while I get a little technical and fully explain this concept (when it comes to actually playing using the system I am showing you don’t actually need to know the Math but it is good to understand how it works so you aren’t just relying on faith but can see the science at work).

The lottery, contrary to popular belief, is not really a game of luck. At least it is not just based purely on luck. You see the lotto is really a game that has a very solid foundation within the mathematics of probability.

Although the concept of probability is straight-forward and fairly easy to understand it can be a stretch and difficult for some people to understand the mechanics used to manipulate it. There is good news though.

The good news is that if you want to know how to win powerball prizes, or learn how to win the lottery in general, you do not need to understand the mechanics of manipulating probability – you just need to know how to use the mathematics of probability to your advantage!

Play options

It’s always great to have options, so mark the OPTIONAL PLAYS box on your playslip for any of the following.

  • Want to play the same numbers for more than one draw on a single ticket? A Multi-Draw ticket lets you play up to 26 consecutive draws on one ticket. Please keep in mind that the ticket price increases for each draw you add.
  • Thinking ahead to a special date? You can buy a ticket for one future draw date. It’s called a Future draw. Mark the Optional Plays box on your playslip, and let the clerk know which future draw date you have in mind.
  • Love those numbers so much you want them on more than one ticket? You can Repeat your play and have the same numbers printed on more than one ticket up to 20 times.
  • Tell your clerk which option you want when you present your playslip. Keep in mind that playing in more than one draw increases the ticket price by the number of draws you choose.

You can find different VA Lottery Powerball retail locations in the Virginia Lottery app or by using the Find a Retailer tool. Download the app to scan your non-winning tickets and check out our newest Scratchers too!

PowerPlay

PowerPlay is your chance to boost any non-jackpot prizes you win and it only costs an extra US $1 per ticket. The Power Play is drawn using a random number generator (RNG). One selection is made from a pool of 42 balls, each marked with a multiplier amount: 24 marked 2x, 13 marked 3x, three marked 4x, two marked 5x, and a single 10x multiplier which is added as well if the jackpot for that draw is below US $150 million.

If you win a non-jackpot prize in the main draw, and have selected the Power Play option on your ticket, then you are guaranteed to have your prize increased according to the multiple on the ball drawn — up to an impressive 10x. The only exception to this is if you match five numbers, when the increased prize is fixed at US $2 million.

How to Play Powerball

Powerball is easy to play — simply pick five main numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26. There are nine different prize tiers available in the main game, with the overall odds of winning any Powerball prize set at 1 in 24.87. All non-jackpot prizes have a fixed value.

For an additional US$1 per line, you can add the Power Play multiplier to your ticket, which could increase the value of any non-jackpot prize you might win. A separate Power Play number is drawn alongside the main balls in every game. The second-tier prize for matching five main Powerball numbers is typically US$1 million (DKK6.6 million), but if you match the Power Play number on the same ticket, your prize will increase to US$2 million (DKK13.3 million). With lower-tier prizes, your winnings could be multiplied by as much as five times if the 5x Power Play is drawn and you match it. However, the 10x feature is only an option when the advertised jackpot is worth US$150 million or less.

How to Play Powerball from Denmark

You can play Powerball from Denmark, with or without Power Play, by joining a syndicate of international players. When more people group together to buy tickets, they can better their odds of winning a Powerball prize. A syndicate of international players will link you to people across the globe in the hopes of landing a huge prize or even the coveted jackpot!

Powerball Prizes and Odds of Winning

There are a number of different prizes to be won on Powerball, starting with a fixed prize of US$4 for matching just the Powerball number itself and climbing all the way to the jackpot, which can easily reach nine figures in USD. Here are the different prize tiers, the odds of winning and the prizes available:

Prize Tier Odds of Winning Prize
Match 5 + Powerball 1:292,201,338 Jackpot
Match 5 1:11,688,053.52 $1 million
Match 4 + Powerball 1:913,129.18 $50,000
Match 4 $1:36,525.16 $100
Match 3 + Powerball $1:14,494.11 $100
Match 3 1:579.76 $7
Match 2 + Powerball 1:701.32 $7
Match 1 + Powerball 1:91.97 $4
Match Powerball 1:38.32 $4

Power Play Prizes

The table below shows how much your prize could be multiplied by in the additional Power Play game, which can be entered for an extra US$1:

Prize Tier Base Prize Amount Power Play x2 Power Play x3 Power Play x4 Power Play x5 Power Play x10
Match 5 + Power Play Jackpot
Match 4 + Powerball + Power Play $1 million $2 million $2 million $2 million $2 million $2 million
Match 4 + Power Play $50,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $500,000
Match 3 + Powerball + Power Play $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
Match 3 + Power Play $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
Match 2 + Powerball + Power Play $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
Match 1 + Powerball + Power Play $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
Match Powerball + Power Play $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
Match Powerball $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
*A Power Play Match 5 prize will be set at $2,000,000 regardless of the Power Play number drawn.

Power Play odds when 10x Multiplier is in Place (Jackpot Worth US$150 Million or Less):

Power Play Multiplier Odds
10x 1 in 43
5x 1 in 21.5
4x 1 in 14.33
3x 1 in 3.31
2x 1 in 1.79

Power Play odds when 10x Multiplier is not in Place (Jackpot Worth More than US$150 Million):

Power Play Multiplier Odds
5x 1 in 21
4x 1 in 14
3x 1 in 3.23
2x 1 in 1.75

Lucky Numbers

What about using lucky numbers?

Well let’s get one thing straight, there are no such thing as “lucky powerball numbers” or lucky numbers at all for that matter.

The closest thing you can get to powerball lucky numbers are “hot numbers” which are not really the same thing.

Hot numbers are those numbers that seem to occur in winning lines more frequently than others – at least statistically speaking.

Many professional lottery players will incorporate hot numbers into their “wheels” to give them a slight extra edge in the game though many others totally ignore them claiming it is pseudo-science .

Conversely there are “cold numbers” that are rarely drawn in winning lines and so many professional lotto players avoid using those numbers.

I personally believe that you can marginally increase your odds of winning a lottery prize if you choose hot numbers for your pick and avoid using cold numbers. It can’t hurt and giving yourself every possible advantage can only help in my opinion. So why not choose hot numbers.

You can usually find hot numbers on the official website of your specific state or national lottery or by “googling” it.

However hot numbers are only ever useful when you combine them with the special wheeling techniques outlined below. On their own they will give you no real advantage.

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