Winning Powerball would be amazing, wouldn't 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's 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 6 numbers to win the Powerball jackpot. The way it works is that you have to choose 5 numbers between 1 and 59. Then you also have to choose 1 number between 1 and 39 - 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 is simple. That is, it's simple to play, but not simple to win. It's extremely difficult to win the jackpot in this game.
Let's break it down and look at the odds. Take the first 5 numbers. There are 5,006,386 different combinations of numbers that you could create when choosing 5 out of 59 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 doesn't even include the Powerball number. That is the 6th number that you choose. Since there are 39 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 6 of the numbers that you chose are exactly 1-in-195,249,054. Those are awful odds.
Now you know that you need 6 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 . There are also other combinations of numbers that can win you more prizes, all the way up to a prize of 0,000 if you match the first 5 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.