Winning Powerball would be amazing, would not it? Ya, of course it would because it would make you rich. The Powerball lottery offers jackpots worth tens of millions of dollars and, often, even hundreds of millions of dollars. It is no wonder you want to win it, then. Now the simple question is, How many numbers do you need to win Powerball?
The answer to the question is 6. You need six numbers to win the Powerball jackpot. The way it works is that you have to choose five numbers between one and 59. Then you also have to choose one number between one and thirty-nine – This is what they call the Powerball number. You have to match all of the numbers that you chose to win the big prize.
Sounds simple enough, right? Yes, it’s simple. That’s, it is simple to play, but not simple to win. It is extremely difficult to win the jackpot in this game.
The next exciting detail about this matter. Let’s break it down and look at the odds. Take the first five numbers. There are 5,006,386 different combinations of numbers that you could create when choosing five out of fifty-nine numbers. That means that the odds of any one set of numbers showing up are exactly 1-in-5,006,386.
Those are bad odds. But that does not even include the Powerball number. That’s the 6th number that you choose. Since there are thirty-nine possible choices, your odds of picking the correct number are exactly 1-in-39. 1-in-39 isn’t that bad, but now you we to add both of your odds together to get the true odds of matching all of the numbers.
When we add both numbers together, we find that there are 195,249,054 possible combinations of numbers to choose. That means that if you buy one Powerball ticket, the odds of matching all six of the numbers that you chose are exactly 1-in-195,249,054. Those are awful odds.
Now you know that you need six numbers to win Powerball and you know what the odds of it happening are. But the game also offers other prizes. You need to match just the Powerball number to win the smallest prize, which is 3. There are also other combinations of numbers that can win you more prizes, all the way up to a prize of 200,000 if you match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball number.
Now that you know how many numbers you need to win Powerball, be sure to buy your ticket. You never know, one day you might be the big winner.
Winning Powerball may be difficult and against the odds. With that said, many people across the United States have already done so. That includes Don Damon, who won a ninety-six dollars million jackpot in November of 2009.