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Understand the Play Types and Payouts with Examples!

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## The Powerball Payouts

With the purchase of each Powerball ticket, a massive 50% goes towards prizes (20% into the jackpot pool, the other 30% towards other prizes). The leftover 50%, goes to the state where the ticket was bought to cover operating costs, retailer costs and, of course, good causes.

The Payouts are awarded on the basis of how many numbers you have matched. The golden rule that prevails here is that the more numbers matched the bigger is the prize. The biggest decision you have to make in the lottery is to choose your Powerball number. Matching a Powerball along with two regular numbers will pave you to the path of winning tiers. The prize structure of Powerball below can help you calculate the odds of winning the lottery:

Match Prize 2X 3X 4X 5X 10X Odds (1 in) Payback Rates
5+1 \$835,000,000 \$835,000,000 \$835,000,000 \$835,000,000 \$835,000,000 \$835,000,000 292,201,338 143%
5 \$1,000,000 \$2 million \$2 million \$2 million \$2 million \$2 million 11688053.52 4%
4+1 \$50,000 \$100,000 \$150,000 \$200,000 \$250,000 \$500,000 913129.18 3%
4 \$100 \$200 \$300 \$400 \$500 \$1,000 36525.17 0%
3+1 \$100 \$200 \$300 \$400 \$500 \$1,000 14494.11 0%
3 \$7 \$14 \$21 \$28 \$35 \$70 579.76 1%
2+1 \$7 \$14 \$21 \$28 \$35 \$70 701.33 0%
1+1 \$4 \$8 \$12 \$16 \$20 \$40 91.98 2%
1 (Red Ball) \$4 \$8 \$12 \$16 \$20 \$40 38.32 5%

## The Power Play

You can opt for the Power Play option for an additional \$1 per play. The Power Play acts as a multiplier of prizes in a similar way to Megaplier of the Mega Millions. This add-on wager multiplies winnings earned by matching just one number right through to matching five numbers - turning the \$1,000,000 prize into a \$2,000,000 prize. Players who play with the Power Play option can see their prize money multiplied by two, three, four, five or even ten times the normal amount, depending on the multiplier for that draw. The 10x multiplier of the Power Play will multiply your prize only when the jackpot is below \$150 million and for prizes that are \$50,000 or less.

For example, you have won \$100 with the Power Play - 5x, then your winnings will be multiplied by 5 and you will receive \$500.

The table below demonstrates how the Power Play option affects each prize.

Match Base Prize 2x (1 in 3) 3x (1 in 2.5) 4x (1 in 5) 5x (1 in 15)
5 Numbers \$1 million \$2 million \$3 million \$4 million \$5 million
4 Numbers + Mega Ball \$10,000 \$20,000 \$30,000 \$40,000 \$50,000
4 Numbers \$500 \$1,000 \$1,500 \$2,000 \$2,500
3 Numbers + Mega Ball \$100 \$200 \$300 \$400 \$500
3 Numbers \$10 \$20 \$30 \$40 \$50
2 Numbers + Mega Ball \$10 \$20 \$30 \$40 \$50
1 Numbers + Mega Ball \$4 \$8 \$12 \$16 \$20
Mega Ball Only \$2 \$4 \$6 \$8 \$10
Numbers Matched Prize Prize With Multiplier
2x 3x 4x 5x 10x
5 + Powerball \$835 Million \$835 Million \$835 Million \$835 Million \$835 Million \$835 Million
5 \$1,000,000 \$2,000,000 \$2,000,000 \$2,000,000 \$2,000,000 \$2,000,000
4 + Powerball \$50,000 \$100,000 \$150,000 \$200,000 \$250,000 \$500,000
4 \$100 \$200 \$300 \$400 \$500 \$1,000
3 + Powerball \$100 \$200 \$300 \$400 \$500 \$1,000
3 \$7 \$14 \$21 \$28 \$35 \$70
3 \$7 \$14 \$21 \$28 \$35 \$70
2 + Powerball \$7 \$14 \$21 \$28 \$35 \$70
1 + Powerball \$4 \$8 \$12 \$16 \$20 \$40
Powerball only \$4 \$8 \$12 \$16 \$20 \$40

The following table exhibits the odds of each Power Play multiplier, being randomly selected when the 10x multiplier is in play (jackpot worth \$150 million or less):

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

The following table exhibits the odds of each Power Play multiplier, being randomly selected when the 10x multiplier is not in play (jackpot worth more than \$150 million):

Power Play odds without 10x multiplier
Power Play Multiplier Odds
Match 5x 1 in 21
Match 4x 1 in 14
Match 3x 1 in 3.23
Match 2x 1 in 1.75