Recent Texas Powerball Numbers, How to Play, Prize Odds
It costs $2 to purchase a Powerball ticket, and adding the Power Play option is an additional $1 per play. Drawings are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 9:59 PM Central Time.
For an additional dollar per play, you can enhance your non-grand prize winnings by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times with the Power Play feature. Simply mark the "YES" box on your playslip. The Power Play number will be chosen according to the following frequency:
In October 2009, an agreement was reached between Mega Millions states and the Multi-State Lottery Association to allow for the sale of both Mega Millions and Powerball tickets in all US lottery jurisdictions, making it possible for Powerball to be introduced in Texas. Powerball and Mega Millions are the two multi-state lottery games available in the US and its territories, with Mega Millions then offered in 12 states, including Texas, and Powerball offered in 31 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands. Together, these states have a total population of approximately 291 million.
Before the agreement between the two major multi-state lotteries to cross sell each other's jurisdiction, Powerball's largest advertised jackpot was $365 million and Mega Millions' record jackpot was $370 million. However, following the agreement, both Powerball and Mega Millions have had jackpots exceeding $1 billion multiple times, and Powerball even set a record with a single-ticket win of over $2 billion.
The Powerball ticket sales started in Texas on January 31, 2010, and on February 3, 2010, Texas Lottery players took part in the first Powerball drawing in the state, with total sales exceeding $1.3 million. In June 29, 2011, the Texas Lottery Commission revealed a redesign of the Powerball game that featured more big winners, higher starting jackpots, and improved odds. On October 19, 2011, the Commission approved the rule changes for Powerball, which included larger starting jackpots, better odds of winning, and more opportunities to win $1 million, along with an increased price from $1 to $2 per play.
On May 19, 2013, the Powerball jackpot reached a record high of $590.5 million, which was won by two players from states other than Texas. However, a Texas player still managed to win the second prize of $1 million. On June 4, 2013, a player from Bells, Texas won a $40 million Powerball jackpot, marking the first time a player from Texas claimed the top prize.
On February 11, 2015, a winning ticket for the fifth largest lottery jackpot in US history, worth $564.1 million, was purchased at the Appletree Food Mart in Princeton, Texas - Results for February 11, 2015 were 11, 13, 25, 39, 54, Power Ball: 19 and Power Play: 3.
On March 25, 2020, the Powerball Product Group reset the starting jackpot to $20 million (annuity) due to COVID-19 affecting players' normal behavior, with minimum roll increases of $2 million after each Grand Prize win.
Texas Powerball is a multistate lottery game that is available to play in Texas, among many other states in the US.
To play Texas Powerball, you pick five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26.
A single Texas Powerball ticket costs $2.
Texas does not allow online sales of lottery tickets. However, you should check the current regulations in case they have changed.
Texas Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Texas Powerball drawings occur at 10:59 pm Eastern Time.
The jackpot varies, but it starts at $20 million and can grow to hundreds of millions or even over a billion dollars.
You win the jackpot by matching all five main numbers plus the Powerball number.
The odds of winning the Texas Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.
Yes, all lottery winnings are subject to both federal and state taxes.
Yes, non-US citizens can win Texas Powerball, but they may be subject to different tax laws.
If you win the Texas Powerball, you should sign the back of your ticket, keep it safe, contact lottery officials, and consult with a financial advisor.
You have 180 days from the draw date to claim your Texas Powerball prize.
Texas does not allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.
The Power Play is an additional $1 purchase that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 times.
Yes, you can claim Texas Powerball prizes by mail, though it's recommended to keep a copy of your ticket and claim form.
If nobody wins the jackpot, the money is added to the jackpot for the next drawing.
Yes, you can buy as many tickets as you want for the same draw.
You must be at least 18 years old to play Texas Powerball.
No, once purchased, Texas Powerball tickets are not refundable.
Yes, when you purchase a ticket, you can either choose your own numbers or opt for a Quick Pick, where the computer selects numbers for you.
The largest Powerball jackpot ever won, not specific to Texas, was $1.586 billion in January 2016.
The smallest prize you can win in Texas Powerball is $4, which you win by matching just the Powerball or by matching one number plus the Powerball.
You can check the Texas Lottery website, the Powerball website, or visit any Texas Lottery retail location to see if you've won.
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.9.
Unclaimed prizes go back into the prize pool for future games or for special prize promotions.
Yes, Texas Powerball winners can choose to receive their winnings in a lump sum, but it will be less than the total jackpot amount.
Yes, Texas Powerball winners can choose an annuity option, which pays out the full amount over 30 years.
Winning odds remain the same, whether you choose your own numbers or use the Quick Pick option.
Yes, people often form lottery pools to increase their chances of winning, though any resulting winnings are also shared.
There's no limit to how many times the jackpot can roll over.
The results are usually available within a few hours of the draw.
No, you do not have to be a resident. Anyone who is physically in a participating state can play Powerball.
Roughly 50% of ticket sales goes back to the winners.
Approximately 27% of Texas Lottery revenues support public education and veterans.
Yes, when you purchase your ticket, you can choose to play the same numbers for multiple, future drawings.
Texas joined Powerball in 2010.
This information can be obtained from the Texas Lottery's annual sales report.
For large prizes, winners must complete a claim form and either mail it with the signed winning ticket to the Texas Lottery Commission or claim the prize in person at a Texas Lottery Claim Center.
Yes, lottery tickets can be gifted, but any prize won will be subject to taxes for the recipient.
If a ticket is lost, it's very difficult to claim a prize without it. If it's damaged but still legible and intact, it may still be valid. Always sign the back of your ticket.
The second prize, won by matching all five white balls without the Powerball, is $1 million.
Yes, the second prize can be multiplied to $2 million if the Power Play option was purchased.
The red Powerball is an additional number that can help you win smaller prizes or the jackpot if matched with all five white balls.
The Powerball numbers are drawn using two drums. One drum is used for the white balls and one for the red Powerball.
The Powerball drawing is conducted by the Multi-State Lottery Association in Florida, not by the individual state lotteries.
You can check the Powerball website or your local TV listings to find out where to watch the Powerball drawing.
Ticket sales cut off at least an hour before the draw, but the exact time can vary by state.
Texas uses Powerball proceeds to fund public education and veterans' services.
While the lottery is largely a game of chance, you can slightly increase your chances by buying more tickets, joining a lottery pool, or by playing regularly. But always play responsibly.