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You Can Win The Powerball With Just One Number

The one thing on everyone’s mind right now is the Powerball — specifically, its grand prize. The odds of hitting all six numbers, including the red Powerball itself, are extraordinarily low. That $1.5 billion grand prize isn’t the only way you can call yourself a winner, however. Set jackpot amounts abound, and technically, you can win the Powerball with just one number. It’s the special red Powerball that holds the key to that prize. Those who correctly match that number win $4, which is double the amount it costs to purchase a ticket. Oddly, matching a regular number as well as the Powerball number yields the same amount.

The prize amount only goes up from there, with the highest non-jackpot set at $1 million for matching all five normal numbers, regardless of order. There are just enough prizes that the odds of winning at least something is one in 24.87, which is a far cry from the one in 292 million chance you have in winning it all through a lone ticket. There are even more ways to win in addition to picking the right numbers, thanks to the Powerball’s Power Play option. For just one extra dollar, lotto hopefuls can at least double their prospective earnings. The Power Play can yield from twice as much to up to 10 times the prize amount, based on what multiplier is drawn. The full option is only available for prizes up to the third highest, so anyone who wins the $1 million or the jackpot itself must be content with their earnings.

Those who play the Power Play and win $1 million can double their money, but nothing more than that. So even if the multiplier is as high as it can go, you will still be left with $2 million at the most. Still, the Power Play certainly makes a difference. It’s the multiplier that can turn a modest prize into something truly impressive. Oregon Powerball player Brandon Bennett turned his $50,000 prize into $150,000 thanks to a three-times multiplier that was picked during the Saturday night drawing.

Because many people aren’t aware of the smaller prizes available, many have gone unclaimed. As of Tuesday, there were at least four unclaimed $50,000 prize winners in Oregon alone. There may very well be dozens of unclaimed $4 prizes from a single correct Powerball number pick alone. Don’t let yourself be one of them if you win. Despite the major difference between the jackpot and the lowest prize, free money is still free money.

The one thing on everyone’s mind right now is the Powerball — specifically, its grand prize. The odds of hitting all six numbers, including the red Powerball itself, are extraordinarily low. That $1.5 billion grand prize isn’t the only way you can…

Powerball Prizes

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.

Payout Chart

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.

Powerball Payout Chart
Prize Level Payout Odds Fewest
Ever Winners
Highest
Ever Winners
Average
Winners Per Draw
Winners in Last Draw
Match 5 + PB Jackpot 1 in 292,201,338 0 4 0.1 0
Match 5 $1,000,000 1 in 1,688,054 0 89 2.6 0
Match 4 + PB $50,000 1 in 913,129 1 827 23.6 11
Match 4 $100 1 in 36,525 136 20,544 710.8 231
Match 3 + PB $100 1 in 14,494 329 47,685 1,385.5 629
Match 3 $7 1 in 580 9,160 1,164,124 40,118.3 16,210
Match 2 + PB $7 1 in 701 7,441 895,097 25,830.1 14,028
Match 1 + PB $4 1 in 92 60,368 6,343,237 181,473.9 107,399
Match 0 + PB $4 1 in 38 0 14,595,721 405,545.0 264,992
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 27th 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. ]]>