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Can non-US citizens play? What if a non-US citizen wins?

Yes, non-US citizens can legally play, and non-US citizens are eligible to win any prize offered in the game.

If a non-US citizen wins, they would claim their prize in the same manner that a US citizen would, but the taxes withheld would be different. For example, federal withholding for non-US citizens is a flat 30%.  Also, individual states may have different tax structures for non-US citizens than they do for US citizens.  Depending on which country the person is a legal resident of, there also may be tax treaties between the US and that other country which could be helpful in offsetting whatever the US tax liabilities are.

In short, non-US citizens can play and win Powerball.  If a non-US citizen wins a large prize, they will be responsible for some amount of tax, which in the end will probably be an amount similar to what a US citizen would pay, but there are so many possible variations with international tax codes that you’ll need to consult with a local tax attorney if you need to know a precise amount of tax liability.

PowerPlay

Power Play is a multiplier option. For an extra US $1 per ticket you can add Power Play. You don’t have to choose any extra numbers for this. Rather than improving your chances of a win, Power Play increases the amount of prize money you receive if you do win.

One Power Play number is randomly selected from a pool of 42, marked with multipliers from 2x to 5x. If the jackpot is less than US $150 million, one extra 10x multiplier is added. Whichever multiplier is drawn, non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by that amount, for winning tickets with the Power Play option selected. This excludes the jackpot and any wins for five numbers matched (where the top prize is doubled to US $2 million).

How to Play

USA Powerball draws take place twice a week in Florida. They are held at 22:59 Eastern Time on Wednesdays and Saturdays — see the on this page for the draw schedule according to South Africa local time. To take part, you must select five main numbers between 1 and 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. It costs $2 per board to play.

Playing from South Africa

Tickets are only available to buy from retailers in 45 states in the USA, plus the jurisdictions of Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. However, you can also play online from South Africa and other countries by following the steps below:

  • Go to the Buy Tickets page and select USA Powerball
  • Choose your numbers or select a Quick Pick on as many boards as you want to play
  • Select whether to enter a single draw or multiple draws
  • Select ‘Add To Cart’ and pay for your purchase.

If it is your first time, you will be guided through how to set up an online account. Your numbers will be safely stored online and you will be notified automatically if you are a winner, with prizes paid straight into your account.

Power Play

When you buy a Powerball ticket, you can also add Power Play for an extra $1 per line. If you win any prize except the jackpot, it will be multiplied by 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x its original amount if you have selected the Power Play option. The multiplier is determined by a number that is randomly selected in the Power Play draw that takes place alongside the main game.

The 10x Power Play is not available once the jackpot exceeds $150 million. The second prize of $1 million is always doubled to $2 million regardless of which Power Play multiplier is in play.

The table below shows the odds of each Power Play multiplier being selected. The odds differ slightly depending on whether the 10x multiplier is available.

USA Powerball Power Play Odds
Multiplier Odds with 10x Odds without 10x
10x 1 in 43 N/A
5x 1 in 21.5 1 in 21
4x 1 in 14.33 1 in 14
3x 1 in 3.31 1 in 3.23
2x 1 in 1.79 1 in 1.75

Power Play may not always be available to players entering online from outside the USA.

Aussies Can Play the Powerball

If you thought you couldn’t play the US Powerball because you live in Australia, think again mate! A little known fact about the Powerball lottery is that Aussies, or any non-U.S. citizens for that matter, are allowed to play and collect the prize. So, we’re good to go, right?

One way to buy your Powerball tickets is to get on a plane and fly from Sydney or Melbourne to the nearest lottery retailer in California. That will probably cost quite a lot of money, though.

There’s another way to play. Purchase your Powerball lottery tickets with us and take advantage of our lottery messenger services. Our local agent based in the United States will hold onto your tickets until the day comes that you have won a huge Powerball prize. This is totally legit. You can play the Powerball from Down Under, so what are you waiting for? 

Why is the cash option different than the advertised jackpot?

The Powerball jackpot is an estimated 29-year annuity value, with a total 30 payments (the first payment happens right away, followed by 29 annual payments).  When players choose
the annuity option for their prize, the state lottery pays the prize out over 29 years (30 payments) by
buying U.S. Government Treasury Securities, which earn interest and mature annually over
the 29 years.  That annual return is the amount the winners receive each year for the
29 year period.  With the cash option, the state lottery will take the amount of
money that would have been invested and will pay it directly to the winner in one
payment.  Both payment options have federal and applicable state taxes deducted
from them, although with an annuity option you pay taxes gradually on each annual payout, not all at once like with the cash option.

PowerPlay Odds

Jackpot is over US $150m — Without 10x multiplier (42 multipliers in pool)
Power Play Multiplier 2x 3x 4x 5x
5-ball prize: US $2 million. All other prizes multiplied by the number on the selected multiplier.
Odds 1 in 1.75 1 in 3.23 1 in 14 1 in 21
Jackpot is under US $150m — With 10x multiplier (43 multipliers in pool)
Power Play Multiplier 2x 3x 4x 5x 10x
5-ball prize: US $2 million. All other prizes multiplied by the number on the selected multiplier.
Odds 1 in 1.79 1 in 3.31 1 in 14.33 1 in 21.5 1 in 43

Annuity vs. Cash

98% of Powerball jackpot winners chose to take the cash option. Or to put it another way, only 4 winners in the last 13 years (2003 — 2016) chose the annuity option.

If you win the Powerball jackpot, you have the option of taking an annuity — an annual payment over 30 instalments — or a cash lump sum paid to you in full. You’ll see there’s quite a difference between the two. This is because the cash lump sum pays out whatever’s in the jackpot fund, whereas the annuity includes both the cash sum and the interest generated by investing it over the next 29 years. The value of the annuity option also has the added benefit of increasing by 5% annually.

The cash option is taxed in full when it is paid out — and taking the annuity option can also mean that more of the prize money is taxed at a lower rate over time. You can also leave the annuity to your family if you die, so there’s no risk of losing out on your prize money if you’re not expecting to live another 30 years.

Powerball Jackpot Winners — Cash or Annuity

This table illustrates the number of Powerball jackpot winners who took the cash or annuity option from 2003 to 2016.

Year Jackpot Winners Cash Option Annuity Option
TOTAL 192 186 4
2016 9 9
2015 14 14
2014 11 10 1
2013 1 18 17
2012 16 16
2011 1 13 12
2010 17 17
2009 13 13
2008 11 11
2007 16 15 1
2006 2 11 11
2005 14 12 2
2004 13 13
2003 16 16

1 Year contains one or more unclaimed jackpots.

2 Mixed cash and annuity option taken by one or more winners.

FAQ

If there’s anything else you need to know about USA Powerball, you may be able to find the answer below.

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+ What time do Powerball draws take place?

Powerball draws occur every Wednesday and Saturday at 22:59 Eastern Time. Because much of the USA observes Daylight Saving Time and South Africa doesn’t, the draw time according to South Africa local time changes at certain points in the year. The table below shows exactly when draws occur throughout the year:

USA Powerball Draw Schedule
Start Date End Date Draw Time In USA Draw Time In South Africa
Second Sunday in March First Sunday in November 22:59 EDT 04:59 SAST
First Sunday in November Second Sunday in March 22:59 EST 05:59 SAST

+ When did Powerball start?

The first USA Powerball draw took place on 22 April 1992, with just 15 states taking part and players required to select five main numbers from 1 to 45, plus a Powerball number from a separate set of 1 to 45.

+ Is there a maximum jackpot?

No. The jackpot starts at $40 million and will keep growing until it is won.

+ What is the biggest prize ever won?

The largest lottery jackpot in history came when three ticket holders – from the states of California, Florida and Tennessee – shared a record $1.58 billion Powerball prize.

+ What is an annuity?

Jackpot winners in the USA have the choice between receiving the prize money in one big upfront payment, or spread out in regular ‘annuity’ payments over 29 years. The cash payout is always less than the annuity, as the interest generated over the 29 years of the annuity is also paid out to the player.

+ Can you win the jackpot from outside the USA?

Yes, third-party lottery betting and concierge websites allow you to participate in Powerball from outside the USA and in both cases you would be eligible to win all the prizes available, including the jackpot. For more information on how it works, visit the page.

+ Is USA Powerball the same as South Africa PowerBall?

No. Although the two games share a common name, they are completely unrelated to each other. The rules of playing, prizes, and odds of winning in both games are different.

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