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# How many possible combinations exist for Powerball?

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There are 175,223,510 different possible combinations for the Powerball lottery game. Powerball is played by drawing five white balls numbered 1 to 59 from a drum and one red ball numbered 1 to 35 from a separate drum. The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls in any order and the one red ball. Other prizes are available for matching less than five balls.

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In the game drawing, the balls are removed one at a time. Once a ball is drawn, that number cannot be repeated. For the five white balls, there are 5,006,386 combinations that may be drawn. Because there are 35 red balls, the total number of combinations for the white balls is multiplied by 35. Therefore, the total number of possible combinations is 175,223,510. There are eight other ways to win a prize other than matching all five white balls and the one red ball.

Powerball is a shared jackpot lottery game sold by 45 lotteries and coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association. The minimum jackpot is \$40 million, and there is no maximum jackpot. It rolls over until the jackpot is won by matching all the numbers. Drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10:59 p.m. As of 2014, each play costs \$2 or \$3 if the Power Play multiplier is added.

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As of 2015, the prize for matching the red Powerball alone is \$4, while the prize for matching the Powerball with additional white balls depends on the number of white balls matched. Those who match all five white balls and the Powerball win the grand prize, while those who match four white balls plus the Powerball win \$10,000. The prizes are \$100 for three white balls plus the Powerball, \$7 for two white balls and the Powerball and \$4 for one white ball plus the Powerball.

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Some of the most frequently drawn Powerball numbers are 20, 37, 2, 31 and 35, and the most commonly drawn white balls are 42, 16, 35, 26 and 19. These numbers have the highest draw frequency, but getting winning numbers for the Powerball is still very rare.