1. Can I Play Powerball from India?
Yes, you can play Powerball from India or anywhere else in the world. Learn more about how to choose your numbers online by visiting the How to Play page.
2. How Do I Play Powerball from India?
Simply visit the Lottery Tickets page and select the ‘Click Here to Play Now’ button. Players must choose five numbers between 1 and 69 followed by one Powerball number from a second pool of numbers between 1 and 26.
3. What is Power Play?
After the main Powerball draw has taken place, a separate Power Play number will be drawn. Every player who has opted to add Power Play to their ticket and has won a prize in the third to ninth prize tiers will see their standard prize multiplied by the number drawn, while winners in the second prize tier will see their winnings doubled to US$2 million whatever the Power Play ball. A Power Play of 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x is available in all draws, while a 10x Power Play multiplier can appear in draws where the jackpot is worth US$150 million or less. The Power Play feature does not apply to jackpot winnings.
4. Can I Play Powerball from Any Indian State?
Yes. Indian lottery laws only apply to lotteries operating within India and do not apply to Indian citizens playing lotteries that operate in other countries.
5. How Do I Collect Powerball Winnings?
When you play Powerball online, winnings are automatically paid into your player account. These winnings can then be used either to buy more lottery tickets or withdrawn via your chosen method of payment.
6. How Long Do I Have to Collect My Powerball Winnings?
7. Is There Any Tax to Pay on Powerball Prizes?
Tax is not withheld from your prize when you win, but you may be liable to income tax depending on the value and your personal circumstances.
8. Do I Need to Pay a Fee to Collect Powerball Winnings?
No. Playing online means you receive 100% of any prize amounts won.
The Powerball jackpot broke the $1 billion barrier for the first time in January 2016 following a series of rollovers and an enormous demand for tickets. It eventually hit $1.58 billion (₹106.9 billion) and was shared by three ticket holders. John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee, Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt of Melbourne Beach, Florida and Marvin and Mae Acosta of Chino Hills, California each claimed a share of the ten-figure prize in the draw on Wednesday 13th January 2016. Previously, the largest jackpot ever won on Powerball was worth US$590.5 million and was scooped by Florida resident Gloria MacKenzie in May 2013, who was the largest single ticket winner at the time.
Winners of the Powerball jackpot have a choice to take their winnings either in one single lump sum amount or in an annuity payout, where the total amount of the jackpot is awarded in 30 payments over 29 years.
Another reason why Powerball is played by so many lottery fans across the world is the fixed second-tier prize of US$1 million, which is awarded for matching the five main numbers drawn. Such a large non-jackpot sum is very rare compared to other lotteries and ultimately makes Powerball an extremely popular lottery to play. Apart from the jackpot, all the other prize tiers are also guaranteed, meaning you will receive the advertised amount no matter how many other players match the same number of balls as you.
Annuity vs. Cash
98% of Powerball jackpot winners chose to take the cash option. Or to put it another way, only 4 winners in the last 13 years (2003 — 2016) chose the annuity option.
If you win the Powerball jackpot, you have the option of taking an annuity — an annual payment over 30 instalments — or a cash lump sum paid to you in full. You’ll see there’s quite a difference between the two. This is because the cash lump sum pays out whatever’s in the jackpot fund, whereas the annuity includes both the cash sum and the interest generated by investing it over the next 29 years. The value of the annuity option also has the added benefit of increasing by 5% annually.