Take a shot at winning the biggest prizes in the world
As soon as the Powerball results are in, it’s possible to check your ticket and see if you’ve won a prize! Of course, of all the Powerball prizes, the most famous is the jackpot, which starts at $40 million and can grow to dizzying heights. The biggest Powerball winners have won hundreds of millions of dollars, each. However, look at the table below and you’ll see that Powerball also offers eight additional prize categories, including a second prize worth $1 million! It’s also worth noting that the Power Play can really pay off by multiplying secondary prizes, in some cases up to ten times!
In every state where Powerball is offered the taxes on lottery winnings may be different. Some states tax lottery winnings, some states tax lottery winnings as regular income no different from salary, others states don’t tax winnings at all. If you’re lucky enough to win Powerball, you will need to see what the laws are in the state that your ticket was purchased. However, the US federal government does tax lottery winnings and if you are playing Powerball online from abroad, your country of residence may want a piece, too.
Except for the jackpot, all Powerball prizes are guaranteed. The 2nd prize of $1 million will be paid out to anyone who correctly matches the five main numbers, no matter how many winners there are, and so on. Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and are split by the winning tickets. If two tickets are $100 million jackpot winners, each ticket is entitled to $50 million. The one big exception is the state of California, where all secondary prizes are pari-mutuel. Pari-mutuel prizes are set based on the amount of ticket sales and the winning tickets in a given prize category split the prize.
|Prize Divisions||Match||Prize||Prize w/ Power Play|
|3rd Prize||4+PB||$50,000||$100,000 – $500,000|
|4th Prize||4||$100||$200 – $1000|
|5th Prize||3+PB||$100||$200 – $1000|
|6th Prize||3||$7||$14 – $35|
|7th Prize||2+PB||$7||$14 – $70|
|8th Prize||1+PB||$4||$8 – $40|
|9th Prize||0+PB||$4||$8 – $40|
Different prizes for different states
The odds of winning a prize in Powerball start at 1:38 for the 9th category prize, matching the Powerball. Winning the jackpot takes a little more luck, or you need to increase Powerball winning odds, as the odds are indeed longer at 1:292,201,338. The most important thing to keep in mind is that it is possible to win Powerball, thousands of people win Powerball prizes every year and you can be one of them!
|Prize Divisions||Match||Prize||Winning Odds|
As you can see, Powerball offers amazing prizes from the jackpot all the way down. Fortunately, it is possible to play the US Powerball online from anywhere in the world with a lottery messenger service.