How To Play Powerball®

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The $2 Powerball is bigger and better than ever! Overall odds are 1:24.9. Choose five (5) numbers plus one (1) Powerball number to have a chance to win. You can increase your non-Grand Prize winnings by choosing the Power Play® feature for $1 more per play.

  • Powerball jackpots start at $40 million!
  • Second tier (Match 5+0) prize amount is $1 Million! If you choose Power Play, you can increase this prize tier to $2 Million!
  • There are 9 ways to win!
  • You can always ask your Texas Lottery® retailer for a "Quick Pick" and the terminal will pick all your numbers for you!
  • Drawings are broadcast each Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 p.m. CT. Ticket sales are not available during Draw Break, from 9:00 - 10:15 p.m.

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  1. Pick 5 Numbers
    Select 5 numbers from 1 to 69 in the upper play area of the playboard, or mark the “QP” box and the terminal will pick your numbers for you.
  2. Pick Your Powerball Number
    Select 1 Powerball number from 1 to 26 in the lower play area of the playboard, or mark the “QP” box and the terminal will select your Powerball number.
  3. Power your play with Power Play*!
    Choose the Power Play feature for an extra $1 per play and you could increase your non-Grand Prize winnings by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times**! Mark the “YES” box under “Power Play” to select this feature for all playboards on the playslip. The Power Play number will be chosen according to the following frequency: 1- 10X, 2 - 5X, 3 – 4X, 13-3X, 24 – 2X. Click here to see the Power Play prize chart.
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    A Power Play Match Five (5+0) is set at $2,000,000 regardless of the Power Play number selected. All other non-grand prizes will be multiplied by the Power Play number selected.
    **The 10X Power Play multiplier will be available for drawings in which the initially advertised annuitized Grand Prize amount is $150 million or less.
  4. Multi-Draw Option
    For added convenience, you can play your numbers for up to 10 drawings. Mark the appropriate box under “Multi-Draw” and this will play your numbers indicated on playboards “A through E” for the number of drawings you select. Each playboard costs $2 per drawing.
  5. Grand Prize*** Payment Options

You must select at the time of purchase how you want to be paid if you win the Grand Prize.

ANNUAL PAYMENTS: Mark the “30 Annual Payments” box for payment of a Grand/Jackpot Prize in 30 annual graduated installments. Annual payments for Powerball are not equal. Each payment will be greater than the previous year’s payment

CASH VALUE: Mark the “Cash Value Option” box for a single payment of the net present value of a Grand/Jackpot Prize. This amount will be less than the advertised jackpot which is based on 30 annual graduated payments. You may not change the payment option at a later date. If you do not select a payment option your playslip will be rejected.

***The Grand Prize is pari-mutuel and will be divided equally by the number of Grand Prize winners. The Powerball Grand Prize amount that is advertised is not always a guaranteed amount. It is an estimated amount. A Grand Prize winner may receive less than the advertised amount based on actual Powerball game sales and interest rates for long-term investments.  

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Note: Jackpot and Grand Prize are used interchangeably.
 

DID YOU WIN?

Find out if you’ve won:

  • Watch the drawings broadcast every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 p.m. CT
  • Watch the live webcasts on the Drawings page on this website
  • Visit the Check Your Numbers pages on this website
  • Check the "Winning Numbers and Jackpots" screen on the Texas Lottery App
  • Check your local newspaper
  • Visit your local Texas Lottery retail location
  • Call 800-375-6886, listen for results options
  • Find winning numbers on all Texas Lottery self-service terminals under “GAME INFO”

Claiming Your Prize

Only tickets purchased in Texas from a licensed Texas Lottery retailer can be claimed in Texas.

Sign ticket before claiming. Anyone who possesses an unsigned ticket may be able to claim a prize.

Tickets for prizes up to and including $599 may be presented to any licensed Texas Lottery retailer for validation and payment of prize.

Prizes up to and including $2,500,000 may be claimed at a Texas Lottery Claim Center with a completed Texas Lottery claim form. Prizes up to and including $2,500,000 may also be claimed by mail by sending the signed ticket and completed Texas Lottery claim form (for prizes of $25 or more) to: Texas Lottery Commission, P.O. Box 16600, Austin, TX 78761-6600. The Texas Lottery Commission is not responsible for tickets lost in the mail. Texas Lottery claim forms are available at lottery retailers, all claim centers, at www.txlottery.org, or by calling 800-37-LOTTO.

Tickets for prizes over $2,500,000 must be claimed in person at the Texas Lottery Commission Headquarters in Austin. All Lotto Texas®, Powerball®, and Mega Millions® jackpot prizes and all prizes that are paid out in annuity payments must be claimed at the Texas Lottery Commission Headquarters in Austin regardless of the prize amount. Please call 800-37-LOTTO if you believe you are a holder of such a ticket.

Prizes must be claimed no later than 180 days after the draw date.

Claims subject to applicable laws, rules, procedures and final decisions of the Executive Director.

To find the Texas Lottery Claim Center nearest you, please click here or call us at 800-375-6886 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT, Monday - Friday.

How To Find Out If You're a Winner…

The easiest way is right here on our website. The results of the most recent drawings appear on the home page. For results from previous drawings, click here.

You can also check your numbers by watching live or past drawings for your favorite game at our Web Cast page. Drawings are broadcast at the following days and times:

Game Days Time
Powerball® Wednesday/Saturday 10:12 p.m. CT
Mega Millions® Tuesday/Friday 10:12 p.m. CT
Lotto Texas® Wednesday/Saturday 10:12 p.m. CT
Texas Two Step® Monday/Thursday 10:12 p.m. CT
All or Nothing™ Four Daily, except Sunday 10:00 a.m., 12:27 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:12 p.m. CT
Pick 3™ with Sum It Up!® Four Daily, except Sunday 10:00 a.m., 12:27 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:12 p.m. CT
Daily 4™ with Sum It Up!® Four Daily, except Sunday 10:00 a.m., 12:27 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:12 p.m. CT
Cash Five® Monday - Saturday 10:12 p.m. CT

Winning numbers are also available at www.txlottery.org, Texas Lottery retailers, or in many daily newspapers.

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