Powerball USA FAQ

Question: Are US Powerball, Powerball USA and American Powerball all the same lottery game?
Yes. In the United States, the game is simply known as ‘Powerball’, but as South Africa and other countries offer their own separate games which are also called ‘Powerball’, players often refer to the US version of the game as ‘US Powerball’, ‘American Powerball’ or ‘Powerball USA’.

Question: When do Powerball USA draws take place?
Powerball USA draws are held twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm EST in Tallahassee, Florida.

Question: What time do ticket sales for Powerball USA close?
Cut-off times for Powerball USA ticket sales vary between participating states, but in general sales will close across all participating states about an hour before the draw is held. You should check the information provided by your local lottery authority if you are playing in the US.

Question: Does Powerball USA have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?
Yes - the minimum guaranteed jackpot is US$40 million.

Question: What was the value of the largest-ever Powerball USA jackpot?
The largest-ever Powerball jackpot was worth $1.58 billion and was won by John and Lisa Robinson of Tennessee, Marvin and Mae Acosta from California and the Nickel 95 Trust from Florida on Wednesday 13th January 2016, breaking all previous lottery records.

Question: How can I win a prize playing Powerball USA?
There are nine different prize tiers in every Powerball USA draw and to win the jackpot a player must match all five main numbers plus the Powerball number drawn. In the event that two or more players correctly match the five main numbers and the Powerball number drawn, the jackpot will be equally divided between the winning ticket holders.

Question: Can I play Powerball USA if I live in South Africa?
Yes, you can play Powerball USA regardless of your geographical location.

Question: Do Powerball USA prizes expire?
The deadline for claiming Powerball USA prizes varies from state to state with tickets being valid for a minimum of 90 days and a maximum of 365 days. Players holding a winning ticket should immediately check the rules of the state where the ticket was purchased as it is not possible to claim a prize if the ticket has expired.

People playing online will automatically have their winnings paid into their account.

Question: How old do I have to be to play Powerball USA?
The minimum age for purchasing tickets from a retailer varies between 18 and 21 depending on the state. You must be at least 18 years old to play Powerball online.

Question: Are Powerball USA winnings taxed?
Powerball USA prizes worth more than $5,000 are subject to federal, and in some cases state, withholdings. Lottery prizes worth $600 or more are typically reported to the IRS as income. Non-residents who win Powerball prizes are advised to consult with an accountant who specialises in international tax law.

Question: Does Powerball USA have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?
No. USA Powerball doesn't have a rollover limit or jackpot cap and will roll over until a player matches the five main numbers and one Powerball number drawn, which means that the the top prize can rapidly reach a mind-blowing value!