# How to play Powerball?

The bare minimum to wager on Powerball is \$2. In each game, players choose five numbers from a set of 69 white balls and one number from a set of 26 red Powerballs; the number chosen from the red Powerballs may be the same as one of the white ball numbers. There is no significance to the order in which the five white balls are drawn since the numbers of the white balls are always shown on the tickets in ascending order. The drawn Powerball cannot be used by players to match one of their white numbers, and vice versa is also not allowed. Players have the option of picking their own numbers or letting the machine choose them in a manner that is similar to randomness (the name for this varies by state, but most are called some variation of “quick pick”, “easy pick”, etc.).

At each and every drawing, the winning numbers are chosen by utilizing two different ball machines: one machine has the white balls, while the other machine contains the red Powerballs. From the first machine, one white ball and one red ball are pulled, and from the second machine, one red ball is drawn. Winners are determined by whether their game matched at least three white balls or the red Powerball.

Each drawing uses two machines that are exactly the same, with the machines being chosen at random from one of four different sets. The machine in question is a Halogen, which was produced by Smartplay International of Edgewater Park, New Jersey, and is the model that was utilized. There are eight different ball sets, with four of each color. Prior to each drawing, one set of each colors will be chosen at random. A turntable located at the base of the machine is responsible for mixing the balls by moving them around the chamber in a circular motion. The turntable will slow down to capture the ball when the machine chooses it, then it will send the ball up the shaft, and finally, it will send it down the rail to the display. (The Florida Lottery was contemplating using a random number generator for its in-state draws in 2019, however, it is still uncertain whether or not this would have an impact on the Powerball jackpot.) In the event that the machine at the actual location is unavailable, as was the situation during Hurricane Michael, MUSL’s headquarters in Iowa is equipped with a backup machine. Carol & Company, CPA is in charge of providing oversight for the designs.

## What is the Powerplay option?

When Power Play first started in 2001, the winners were selected using a unique wheel. During the years 2006 and 2007, MUSL switched out one of the five-cent places on the Power Play wheel for a ten-dollar position. MUSL ensured that there would be at least one drawing with a 10x multiplier for any promotion that lasted a full month. In 2008, the promotion was brought back, and there were two times when the ball fell in the 10 slot. Throughout May of 2010, the 10-cent multiplier made a comeback after being missing in 2009. (after the Power Play drawing was changed to RNG.) Due to the fact that the 10-cent multiplier was not won until June 12, 2010, the offer was extended for the one and only time. The guarantee for the second prize of 5 cents was maintained, and the multiplier of 10 cents was applied to all prizes that were not the jackpot, just as it was in earlier campaigns.

A player may engage the Power Play option for an extra one dollar every game if they so want. When it is activated, it increases lower-tier prizes (base prize of \$50,000 or less) by a factor of up to 5, or by a factor of 10 when the jackpot is less than \$150 million. The Power Play number is selected independently from the other six numbers. If the Power Play feature is used, the 5+0 reward will immediately be increased to a value of \$2 million.

The popularity of Power Play has led to the creation of comparable multipliers in other games, the most notable of which being Megaplier, which is accessible to all Mega Millions of members outside of the state of California. Because of the adjustments that were made to Powerball in 2012, all eight of the lower-tier levels now have “fixed” Power Play rewards.

## Play Two at Once

13 states and Puerto Rico have the option of selecting the Double Play package.

[a] For an extra buck, players have the option of entering their Powerball numbers into a secondary drawing that takes place around half an hour after the main drawing and has a separate set of prizes. A Powerball ticket with the Double Play option costs \$3, and the total cost of the ticket increases to \$4 if both the Power Play and Double Play choices are selected.

## The odds and the prizes

If the liability for any game member exceeds the funds in the prize pool, the non-jackpot prizes may be reduced and paid out on a parimutuel basis, which means that different members will pay different amounts for the same prize tier. The exception to this rule is California, where non-jackpot prizes are always a fixed amount.