How to Play Powerball

how to play powerball

Here’s how and where to play Powerball. (Getty)

The Powerball jackpot is at $1.5 billion, which means more and more people are going to want to play. If you’ve never played Powerball before but want a chance at the mega win this time around, it’s very simple.

Here’s what you need to know.

First, make sure you’re not in one of the six states that, sadly, don’t play Powerball. These are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah. If you’re in one of these states, you can usually just go to another state and buy tickets there.

Next is the easy part. Just go to any gas station, convenience store, or grocery store that sells Powerball tickets. It only costs $2 to play. At most gas stations and convenience stores, the cashier can sell you a ticket. At some grocery stores, you may need to go to their service counter where they sell lottery tickets instead of a cashier.

You must choose six numbers total. For each of the first five, choose any number from 1 to 69. For the last “Powerball” number, choose any number from 1 to 26. You win the $1.5 billion jackpot if you match the first five numbers in any order and match the Powerball number. You’ll win the second prize of $1 million if you match the first five numbers in any order. There are nine total ways that you can win, but only one way to win the $1.5 billion jackpot.

If you don’t want to pick the numbers yourself, just ask the cashier for a “Quick Pick” ticket, and your numbers will be randomly picked for you. You can spend $1 more and get a Power Play that will give you a chance to increase your non-jackpot winnings.

Want to play online? Only two states, Illinois and Georgia, sell Powerball tickets online, according to Forbes. To play online, you must be an Illinois or Georgia resident and be physically present in the state when you buy the ticket. In Illinois, you can only buy $150 of tickets a day and $1,050 a week online.

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