Powerball Lottery

Played in 44 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Powerball draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday evening in the USA and give ticket holders the opportunity to win magnificent prizes. Jackpots begin at a minimum of US$40 million (approximately RMB255 million) but regularly climb to astonishing amounts due to the frequency of rollovers. The largest jackpot in Powerball history is US$ US$1.58 billion (RMB10.3 billion) and was won by 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 three ticket holders from California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016.

Latest Powerball Winning Numbers

Wednesday - 20th September 2017
39 48 53 67 68 26 3
  • $53,000,000
  • ¥349.2 Million!
  • Saturday 23rd September
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How to Play Powerball from China

Players must match five main numbers plus the Powerball to win the jackpot. The five main balls are selected from a pool between 1 and 69, while the Powerball is drawn from a separate pool numbered from 1 to 26. There are eight other prize tiers and ticket holders are guaranteed to win a prize just for matching the Powerball.

There is also an option to use the Power Play for a small additional fee, which increases non-jackpot winnings. The Power Play number is drawn separately and will multiply prizes by between two and five times for anyone in the third tier down to the ninth, while anyone in the second tier will have their US$1 million (about RMB6.4 million) doubled to US$2 million (RMB12.8 million) if they use the Power Play. There is also a 10x Power Play multiplier, but this may only be drawn when the jackpot is US$150 million (approximately RMB959 million) or less.

Powerball appeals to players around the world due to its fantastic prizes. It is now possible to take part without living in the USA or going there on holiday, thanks to online lottery messenger services. Go to the How to Play International Lotteries page to find out more about playing Powerball from China.


Prize Lowest Value
($)
Lowest Value
(RMB)
Highest Value
($)*
Highest Value
(RMB) *
Odds of Winning

Match 5
+ Powerball

40 million
(minimum)

255 million
(minimum)

1.58 billion

10.3 billion

1 in 292,201,338

Match 5

1 million

6.4 million

2 million

12.8 million

1 in 11,688,053.52

Match 4
+ Powerball

50,000

320,000

500,000

640,000

1 in 913,129.18

Match 4

100

640

1,000

6,400

1 in 36,525.16

Match 3
+ Powerball

100

640

1,000

6,400

1 in 14,494.11

Match 3

7

44.8

70

448

1 in 579.76

Match 2
+ Powerball

7

44.8

70

448

1 in 701.32

Match 1
+ Powerball

4

25.6

40

256

1 in 91.97

Match Powerball

4

25.6

40

256

1 in 38.32

*The highest value column shows the record jackpot and then the amount that can be won in the other winning tiers when the Power Play option is applied. The second tier prize is doubled regardless of the Power Play number, while the remaining tiers can be multiplied by as many as ten times when the jackpot is US$150 million (approximately RMB959 million) or less.

Powerball Lottery FAQs

  1. Can I play Powerball from China?
  2. How do I play Powerball?
  3. What is Power Play and can I select it from China?
  4. How do I collect any Powerball prizes I might win?
  1. How long do I have to claim a prize?
  2. Do I have to pay tax if I win a Powerball prize?
  3. Will I have to pay a fee on any prizes?

Can I play Powerball from China?

Yes. You can play Powerball from wherever you are in the world by using a lottery messenger service. Chinese lottery laws only apply to games operated in China and not to Chinese citizens playing international lotteries such as Powerball.

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How do I play Powerball?

Draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday night in the USA and players must pick five main balls from 1 to 69, plus a Powerball from 1 to 26. There are nine prize tiers in total and players can also add the Power Play option to their game for a small additional cost.

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What is Power Play and can I select it from China?

Players from China can add the Power Play option to their Powerball entries in the same way as anyone else, giving them the chance to multiply the value of non-jackpot prizes won. Anyone in the second tier will have their prize doubled from US$1 million (about RMB6.4 million) to US$2 million (RMB12.8 million), while prizes in the third to ninth tier will be increased by two, three, four or five times depending on which Power Play number is drawn separately to the rest of the game. When the jackpot is US$150 (approximately RMB959 million) or less, a 10x Power Play ball could also be drawn.

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How do I collect any Powerball prizes I might win?

Smaller, non-jackpot prize winnings will be paid automatically into your online lottery messenger service account. For bigger prizes such as the jackpot, players are required to claim their prizes in person. A member of the lottery messenger service will be in contact to facilitate the process, so that you can receive your ticket in the presence of a local office manager and receive assistance from legal staff before collecting the prize.

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How long do I have to claim a prize?

Different states have their own deadlines for when a prize must be claimed so it depends on where the ticket was purchased, but by using a lottery messenger service it means there is no chance of missing out on any winnings. Smaller prizes will be paid automatically, while you will be given assistance if required to come and claim bigger prizes.

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Do I have to pay tax if I win a Powerball prize?

Powerball players who win a prize of more than US$5,000 (approximately RMB32,000) are required to pay tax due to federal and state laws. The jackpot figure advertised is also the total annuity paid over 30 years, with the cash equivalent having a lower value. An individual’s circumstances and location can also affect taxes, so it is recommended that you seek independent advice from an international tax specialist.

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Will I have to pay a fee on any prizes?

No. The lottery messenger service adds a small fee onto the cost of tickets to cover operating costs, allowing you to receive winnings in full (subject to any applicable taxes).

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