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# How many Powerball combinations are there?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.