There are 175,223,510 combinations of Powerball numbers. Five numbers are drawn from a pool of 59 white balls, and the final Powerball is drawn from a separate pool of 35 red balls.
When a ball is chosen, that number is removed from the pool. The order of the selections does not matter, as the winning numbers are displayed sequentially regardless of the order in which they were chosen. At $2 a ticket, it would take more than $350 million to purchase enough tickets to have every combination. There are 86,400 seconds in a day, so if one combination were printed every second it would take 5 and a half years to print up all the possible number combinations.Learn More
To win the grand prize, Powerball players must match all five of the white balls drawn plus the red powerball. There are several other ways to win smaller amounts by matching a variety of the numbers drawn each Wednesday and Saturday night.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the multi-state Powerball lottery pays winners of tickets below $600 in cash at any Powerball retail outlet in the same state where the ticket was purchased if the outlet has enough cash on hand, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. Winners of higher amounts are paid by check at state lottery headquarters.Full Answer >
The winning Powerball lottery numbers are posted at the Multi-State Lottery Association website on the Powerball Winning Numbers page. Recent winning numbers are listed by date.Full Answer >