Powerball is a multi-state game that gives players nine ways to win cash prizes. In addition to the jackpot, the game offers second-level prizes of $1 million and third-level prizes of $50,000.
Jackpots start at $20 million and increase by a minimum of $2 million based on current game sales and interest rates.
The game is operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) in Des Moines, Iowa.
General Rules That Apply to All Draw Games
- It is the player's responsibility to check his or her ticket to make sure it represents the correct game, draw date, numbers requested and has a visible bar code or serial number.
- Winning tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the last winning draw date on the ticket.
- Purchased tickets are only valid for the dates shown on the ticket.
- The ticket, not the playslip, is the only valid proof of your number selection, and it is the only valid receipt to claim a prize.
- All tickets, transactions and winners are subject to the directives of the executive director of the Missouri Lottery, the rules and regulations of the Missouri Lottery and the Missouri Statutes, and tickets are only offered for sale in accordance with the same.
- Upon purchasing a ticket, the player agrees to abide by the Missouri Statutes and all rules and regulations of the Missouri Lottery.
- A ticket is a bearer instrument. It is recommended that the ticket be signed at the time of purchase.
- The Missouri Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Tickets are void and will not be paid if determined stolen, unissued, illegible, mutilated, altered in whole or part, misregistered, defective, incomplete, printed or produced in error, multiply-printed, or if the ticket fails any of the Missouri Lottery's confidential validation tests. Liability for void tickets is limited to replacement of the ticket or refund of sales price.
- Tickets may not be sold to or redeemed by minors under the age of 18.
- The holder of a winning ticket may win in only one prize category per play board and shall be paid the prize in the highest category won.
Powerball Game Rules
A player must select five numbers between 1 and 69 and then select one number (the Powerball) between 1 and 26. The cost for one play is $2. A player may select each set in one of three ways: by verbally communicating the numbers to the retailer, by completing a playslip or by requesting a "Quick Pick." A Quick Pick is a computerized randomly-selected set of numbers available through the Draw Games terminal. Powerball is drawn three times a week – Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – at approximately 9:59 p.m. The more numbers the player matches to those drawn, the more he or she wins.
How to play Powerball using a playslip
- The playslip has five play boards (“PLAY 1” through “PLAY 5”) with two sections on each board. Numbers 1 to 69 are in the top section and numbers 1 through 26 are in the bottom section. You may play just 1 board, or play up to all 5 boards. Cost per board is $2. Double Play and Power Play are available to select as optional add-ons for an additional $1 each, per Powerball play. See below for Double Play and Power Play details.
- Select five numbers in the top portion and one number (the Powerball) in the bottom portion by placing a heavy mark in each circle, beginning in board “PLAY 1”. To have the terminal to select the numbers randomly, mark the circle next to “QP” for “Quick Pick”. If you make a mistake, mark the “VOID” circle on that board and select your numbers on the next board.
- To play your numbers for more than one drawing at a time, mark the appropriate circle on the playslip next to “MULTI-DRAW”. You can play Powerball for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12 or 15 drawings.
- Use only a blue or black pen or use a pencil for marking selections. The terminal will not accept red ink.
How to play Powerball verbally
At the discretion of the retailer, Powerball may be played by making a verbal request for a ticket. The player must provide the clerk with all of the following information:
- The dollar amount to be played
- The numbers to be played - either player-selected or "Quick Pick"
- The number of draws to be played.
Powerball tickets CANNOT be canceled.
Jackpot winners have 60 days from the claiming date to declare whether they would like their payments in CASH (equal to approximately 50 percent of the estimated, advertised jackpot) or ANNUITY (the advertised jackpot amount paid in 30 graduated annual payments). The set prize amounts are based on an expected number of winners. In some cases, these prizes may be paid on a pari-mutuel basis, which will be lower than the published prize levels.
Prizes are approximately 50 percent of sales. Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.87 for each $2 ticket played.
Power Play® - General Rules
Power Play is a multiplier feature that allows a winner to increase their original prize amount by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 TIMES! If you choose the Power Play option and win anywhere from $4 to $50,000, your winnings will be multiplied by 2 to 10 times, depending on the multiplier number drawn at the beginning of each Powerball drawing! Power Play does not apply to jackpot prize winnings. Matching five of five white-ball numbers and not the Powerball will automatically award a $2 million prize when Power Play is chosen! Power Play costs an additional $1 per play and can be chosen by marking "POWER PLAY - YES" on the Powerball playslip or asking the retailer to enter it through the terminal.
Double Play® - General Rules
The Double Play feature allows Powerball players to play their same numbers in a second drawing with a chance to win up to $10 million! Double Play drawings are held immediately following the main Powerball drawing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball tickets with Double Play are eligible to win any prize in the main Powerball drawing as well as the Double Play drawing, or both. See the prize structure table for Double Play on the main Powerball Game Details page. Double Play costs an additional $1 per play and can be chosen by marking “DOUBLE PLAY –YES” on the Powerball playslip or asking the retailer to enter it through the terminal.
All Draw Games are available for purchase from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Club Keno until 1:52 a.m.) seven days a week at any Draw Games retailer, except during Draw Breaks.
The process of selecting winning numbers for each game is referred to as a "Drawing" or "Draw." A "Draw Break" is when sales are suspended for a particular game so that the wagers for that "Drawing" may be balanced and the winning numbers drawn. The draw breaks for each game are listed below:
|Pick 3, Pick 4||12:45 p.m. – 12:59 p.m. & 8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. daily|
|Cash4Life||7:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. daily|
|Show Me Cash||8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. daily|
|Lotto||8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday|
|Powerball||8:59 p.m. – 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday|
|Mega Millions||8:59 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday and Friday|
How to Check Your Numbers
- Watch for the numbers on TV stations, local newspapers or radio stations.
- Check with your Lottery retailer for the winning numbers. Request a winning numbers report or check tickets at a Check-A-Ticket machine.
- Visiting the Winning Numbers page on this website.
- Subscribe to the Lottery's FREE daily Winning Numbers email newsletter.
- Call the Lottery hotline nearest you to hear a recorded message of the current winning numbers:
Jefferson City – (573) 751-1111
Kansas City – (816) 795-0203
Springfield – (417) 888-4271
St. Louis – (314) 340-5805
- Request numbers by postal mail or e-mail.
Send appropriate return postage to:
P.O. Box 1603
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1603
Comprehensive list: 11 first-class postage stamps
Current-year List: One first-class postage stamp
Request an email attachment of these lists at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Claim Your Prize
Claim winning tickets up to and including $600 at any Draw Games retail location.
Claim winning tickets of more than $600 at Missouri Lottery redemption centers by making an appointment or by mailing in your ticket with a completed claim form. A claim form must accompany winning tickets of more than $600. A claim form is available at any Lottery retailer or here on our website.
- The claimant's name, address, telephone number and signature must be on the back of the ticket.
- The Lottery suggests that the claimant makes and retains a photocopy of both the front and back of the ticket for their personal records.
- If the prize is more than $600, a completed claim form, which is available from a Lottery retailer, at Lottery regional offices or through the Lottery's website, must accompany the ticket. A copy of the completed claim form should be made and retained by the claimant.
- The claim form and original ticket should be mailed to:
P.O. Box 7777
Jefferson City, MO 65102-7777