Powerball is the biggest lottery played across the USA and offers the biggest payouts in the world, regularly featuring a jackpot over $100 million and setting the record for the biggest lottery jackpot ever at $1.6billion in January 2016. Mississippi is not one of the 44 jurisdictions that currently play Powerball, but recent legislature that approved a state lotto game could mean that Powerball is on its way to the Magnolia state.
Powerball drawings take place twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 22:59 EST (21:59 CDT) in Tallahassee, Florida, 430 miles away from Jackson, Mississippi. Ticket sales close an hour before the draw time on the night of each draw, then reopen after the balls have been drawn and the number of winners has been calculated.
Playing Powerball in Mississippi
Currently, Powerball cannot be played in the state of Mississippi as no lotteries of any kind are allowed in the state, although a recent bill allowing a state lotto to be run could reverse that. If you want to play Powerball and are a resident in Mississippi you will currently need to cross over into neighbouring states and play from an official retailer there.
If you have travelled out of Mississippi to play Powerball and your ticket has won a payout then you will need to travel back to the same state that you purchased the ticket from in order to claim your prize.
If you find yourself at an official retailer out of state, then you must choose five main numbers from a pool of 69 along with one Powerball number from a pool of 26 for each line entered into a drawing. You can either choose your own numbers or have a Quick-Pick ticket created for you, which randomly chooses the five main numbers and Powerball. Tickets cost $2 per line.
Tickets must be purchased by 21:59 EST (20:59 CDT) on the draw nights of Wednesday and Saturday. To avoid potential disappointment, it is suggested that you buy your ticket well in advance of the ticket cut-off time if the jackpot is high or on draw nights as the mad dash for tickets often sees queues out the doors of retailers and players missing out on buying their tickets.
The Powerball jackpot starts at a minimum of $40million for the draw after there is a jackpot winner. As there is no cap on what the jackpot can reach, it will keep rising after each draw until someone matches all five main numbers and the Powerball.
If Powerball were to come to Mississippi then it would join Vermont, Maine, North Dakota and Wyoming as the states yet to have a jackpot win.
Each draw offers a total of nine prize tiers, starting at winning $4 for matching just the Powerball. See the table below for the prize tiers, along with the odds of winning in that tier.
|Numbers Matched||Prize Payout||Odds|
|5 + Powerball||Jackpot||1 in 292,201,338|
|5||$1 million||1 in 11,688,054|
|4 + Powerball||$50,000||1 in 913,129|
|4||$100||1 in 36,525|
|3 + Powerball||$100||1 in 14,494|
|3||$7||1 in 580|
|2 + Powerball||$7||1 in 701|
|1 + Powerball||$4||1 in 92|
|Powerball Only||$4||1 in 38|
|The overall odds of winning a prize in any tier are 1 in 25.|
You can also opt for the Power Play option which multiplies any non-jackpot prizes by 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or even 10x. All you have to do is indicate on your playslip that you want to add the Power Play option and any payouts will be multiplied by the Power Play number drawn. This option costs an additional $1 per line.
The 10x multiplier is only available when the jackpot is below $150 million, and Match 5 winnings can only be doubled to a maximum of $2million regardless of which Power Play number is drawn.
The table below shows the payouts for Power Play prizes:
|Power Play Number|
|5||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million||$2 million|
|4 + Powerball||$100,000||$150,000||$200,00||$250,000||$500,000|
|3 + Powerball||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1,000|
|2 + Powerball||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|1 + Powerball||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|0 + Powerball||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
The Power Play is drawn in a similar fashion to the main balls. One ball numbered between 2 and 10 will be drawn from a pool of 42, or 43 when the jackpot is below $150 million. The chosen ball will represent either a 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x multiplier, with the lower multipliers representing a higher proportion of the potential ball pool.
The below table shows the odds of each Power Play multiplier being selected and how many times each one features in the total ball pool:
|Power Play||Number of balls in Pool||Odds without 10x||Odds including 10x|
|2×||24||1 in 1.75||1 in 1.79|
|3×||13||1 in 3.23||1 in 3.31|
|4×||3||1 in 14||1 in 14.33|
|5×||2||1 in 21||1 in 21.5|
|10×||1*||-||1 in 43|
|*only included when the jackpot is below $150 million|