What Are the Odds of Winning US Powerball?

The US Powerball is known the world over for its record-breaking jackpots When it comes to lotteries, it makes sense that the biggest jackpots tend to come with the lowest odds, but do you actually know what the odds of winning US Powerball are? Why not hazard a guess, and then keep on reading to see how right - or wrong - you were.

What are the chances of winning US Powerball?

There's more to the US Powerball than its jackpot. In fact, the jackpot makes up only one of Powerball's nine prize divisions. The overall chances of winning Powerball prizes are 1 in 24.87, and the odds only go down from there, starting with the 9th division prize's 1:38 odds. While they may seem daunting, your chances of matching US Powerball prizes are still slightly better than the odds of winning Mega Millions.

US Powerball odds breakdown

You can see the full Powerball odds breakdown for every prize in the table below:

Prize Category Match Winning Odds




2nd Prize



3rd Prize



4th Prize



5th Prize



6th Prize



7th Prize



8th Prize



9th Prize



Of course, besides the regular numbers and the Powerball number, there's also the drawing of the Power Play number which has its own odds and chances. To find out more, check out our guide on the Power Play prize multiplier.

What are the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot?

odds of winning powerball

As you can see in the table above, the odds of winning US Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, but one slightly unintuitive thing to keep in mind is that the chances of matching winning numbers remain identical for every draw. This goes for all prize divisions, so the odds of winning a non-jackpot prize are the same in every draw regardless of the amount of people playing, or the amount of players who win a non-jackpot prize. When it comes to the jackpot, however, the winnings are split between all players who match the five regular numbers plus the Powerball number. That means that the odds winning the full jackpot amount vary draw by draw since more people playing increases the odds of a split first prize.

May the odds be in your favour!

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