Powerball Number Generator
Should I choose Power Play?
Power Play adds 50% to the price of your ticket but, if you win, boosts your prize by at least 2x and potentially up to 5x or 10x. Overall this increases the average amount you're likely to win per $1 staked, making it statistically the sensible option, but it depends on how much you're willing to risk.
Should I choose my numbers from a fortune cookie?
In March 2005, by pure random chance a mass-produced fortune cookie correctly predicted five of the six main draw balls and 110 players won at least $100,000 each, with 21 who had chosen Power Play getting $500,000 instead. It's not likely to happen again, but it could - but remember if you win the main jackpot in this way, you'll probably end up sharing it with a lot of other winners.
How long is the claim period?
It varies from state to state, but winning tickets will expire after anywhere from 90 days to one year. If you win the jackpot, you may have to wait two weeks to claim your prize, as it takes this long for all the cash stakes to be collected from ticket sellers. Smaller prizes (up to $600) can usually be claimed from any participating retailer in the state where the ticket was bought, and there are also some 'super retailers' where you can claim prizes up to $25,000 immediately.
Do I pay taxes on my winnings?
Yes, 25% Federal tax applies to all Powerball prizes over $5,000, and state income tax applies to most states - even if you buy your ticket as a tourist or non-resident. Some states have specific rules to make sure they can collect the tax from your prize, even if you do not have a US Social Security number. Taxes are paid both on lump sum prizes and if you take the jackpot annuity option, although as the annuity pays smaller annual instalments in different tax years, overall this should mean more of your winnings fall into a lower tax band.
What happens to my annuity if I die?
The annuity option is treated as part of your estate like any other asset, meaning it can be passed on to your descendants if you die during the 29 years of instalments. If your beneficiaries can't pay the Federal estate/inheritance taxes on this, then the annuity can be sold off at an appropriate market price, the tax deducted from the sale price, and the remainder paid over to your beneficiaries as a lump sum.
If you have a question that isn’t about the Powerball game but about lotteries in general, head over to the FAQs page for answers to commonly asked questions.