Mega Millions and Powerball Both Over $340 Million

Powerball: 

THE GAME THAT KEEPS GETTING BIGGER

Every Wednesday and Saturday night, Powerball® gives you a chance to play for a jackpot starting at an estimated $40,000,000†. The jackpot keeps building whenever there is no winner. The longer the jackpot goes without being hit, the bigger it grows. And the bigger it grows, the more exciting the drawings become! More and more Marylanders join in on the fun with each jackpot roll.

The largest three Powerball jackpots ever are:

$1.6 Billion — January 2016
$590.5 Million — February 2013
$587.5 Million — November 2012

Powerball® tickets will still cost $2 per game.
Powerball® with Power Play® will still cost $3 per game.

Where to Play

Play At Any Maryland Lottery Retailer

Powerball is readily available across the State. You can pick up a ticket at one of over 4,800 Maryland Lottery retailers.

Powerball is easy to play. Just pick any 5 numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number between 1 and 26. Use favorite numbers, birthdays or your lucky numbers. The choice is yours. Picking the numbers is part of the fun! You can also choose the Quick Pick feature to get a randomly generated set of numbers.

Drawings occur on Wednesday and Saturday nights. You can watch the drawings on WBAL-TV at 11:22 pm. Check for results at mdlottery.com or on the MD Lottery mobile app to see if you’ve won. You can also check your tickets at any Maryland Lottery retailer.

Nine Ways To Win Playing Powerball

In addition to matching all 5 white ball numbers and the Powerball number to win the Top Powerball jackpot prize, there are 8 other ways to win prizes ranging from $4 to $1,000,000.

Be sure to always check your tickets closely to see if you’re a winner!

HOW TO PLAY

  • Each playslip has five play areas (panels). You can play up to five Powerball® plays (panels) on each playslip. Each play costs $2.
  • A play consists of two fields. Select and mark five (5) numbers from 1 to 69 in the upper field and select and mark one (1) number from 1 to 26 in the lower field. If you select too many or too few numbers, your playslip will be rejected. The use of mechanical, electronic, computer generated or any other non-manual method of marking playslips is prohibited.
  • Make a heavy vertical mark through each number you choose. Use only pencil or blue or black ink. Red ink will not be accepted. If you make a mistake, mark the “VOID” box to the right of that panel, then use any remaining open panels to complete your selections. Please do not attempt to erase errors.
  • If you want the terminal to randomly Quick Pick your numbers, then for each panel you want to play, mark the “QP” box in the upper field for the White Balls and/or the “QP” box in the lower fi eld for the Powerball, shown as a red ball in the prize structure.
  • Mark the Power Play® box to add the Power Play option; that option adds $1 to each play.
  • Powerball, drawings are held twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday nights. You can play the same numbers for 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 or 15 drawings in a row, including the next drawing, by marking the appropriate “NUMBER OF DRAWS” box. Powerball costs $2 per play. Power Play adds an additional $1 per play. To determine your total Powerball cost:

Powerball: $2 x Number of Plays x Number of Drawings = Total Ticket Cost

Powerball with Power Play: $3 x Number of Plays x Number of Drawings = Total Ticket Cost

If you are a winner before the final day on your ticket, you can still cash your ticket immediately. You will receive an exchange ticket for the remaining days of play.

  • Before you give your playslip to a Maryland Lottery retailer for processing, be sure to verify that the numbers selected on your playslip are the numbers you want to play. It is your responsibility to make sure your playslip represents the numbers you wish to play and the drawing(s) you want to enter. POWERBALL TICKETS CANNOT BE CANCELLED OR VOIDED AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN PROCESSED. Tickets are only valid for the drawing date(s) shown.

Ticket sales end approximately one hour before drawing time, and sales for the next game begin immediately.

Powerball - ticket example

POWER PLAY®

Increase your winnings for an extra $1 per play when you mark the Power Play® option on your playslip.

  • The Power Play multiplier numbers are 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10. The 10X multiplier will be available when the jackpot prize level is $150 million or less.
  • On all except the Jackpot prize and the Match 5 ($1,000,000) prize, Power Play numbers are used to multiply your winnings in the Powerball game immediately following the Power Play drawing.
  • For example, if you win $100 by matching 4 white balls and you added Power Play for $1, and the Power Play number drawn is 5, you multiply your winnings by 5 for a total winning amount of $500.
  • If you play Power Play and win the Match 5 prize, your winning amount will be doubled from $1 million to $2 million, regardless of the Power Play number selected.
  • See the Powerball Payout Chart for prize amounts and probabilities.  Power Play probabilities are approximate.  Power Play does not apply to the Jackpot prize.

The Power Play number is randomly selected before each Powerball draw and will not appear on your ticket.

HOW TO WIN

Every Wednesday and Saturday night, five white balls from 1 to 69 and one red Powerball® from 1 to 26 will be drawn. You win a prize by matching some or all of the numbers drawn, as shown in the Powerball® Prize Structure. You can only win once per panel. Probabilities are rounded.

For Consumer Game Information, click here.

 


Mega-Millions

MEGA MILLIONS CHANGES ARE HERE!

Jackpots now starting at $40 million!

Bigger average jackpots. Faster growing jackpots.

Mega Millions® is an exciting big-jackpot game that is now even more exciting. And by that we mean the starting jackpot amount has increased from $15,000,000 to an incredible $40,000,000! From there it will grow faster than ever before. Drawings occur every Tuesday and Friday night.

Mega Millions Tickets cost $2 per play.
Mega Millions Tickets with Megaplier® cost $3 per play.

Official Mega Millions Website

HOW TO PLAY

Playing Mega Millions is easy. Get started with a Mega Millions playslip. You can pick one up at any Maryland Lottery® retail location or create and use the e-playslip available on the MD Lottery mobile app.

  • Each playslip has five play areas or panels labeled A, B, C, D and E. You can play up to five Mega Millions plays on each playslip! Each play costs $2.
  • A play consists of two fields. Select and mark five (5) numbers from 1 through 70 in the upper field and mark one Mega Ball number from 1 through 25 in the lower field. If you select too many or too few numbers, your playslip will be rejected. The use of mechanical, electronic, computer-generated or any other non-manual method of marking playslips is prohibited.
  • Make a heavy vertical mark through each number you choose. Use only pencil or blue or black ink. Red ink will not be accepted. If you make a mistake, mark the “VOID” box for that play. Then use any remaining open play areas to complete your selections. Please do not attempt to erase errors.
  • If you want the terminal to randomly “Quick Pick” your numbers, mark the “QP5” box (for White Balls) and/or the “QP1” box (for the Mega Ball) for each play you want to purchase.
  • Mark the Megaplier box if you want to add the Megaplier option; that option adds $1 to each play, for a total of $3 per play.
  • Mega Millions drawings are held twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday nights. You can play the same numbers for 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 or 15 drawings in a row, including the next drawing, by marking the appropriate “NUMBER OF DRAWS” box. Multiply the number of drawings by the number of plays purchased and multiply the result by 2 to determine your Mega Millions cost. Megaplier adds $1 per play, if selected (see Megaplier cost above).
  • Before you give your playslip to a Maryland Lottery retailer for processing, be sure to verify that the numbers selected on your playslip are the numbers you want to play. It is your responsibility to make sure your playslip represents the numbers you wish to play and the drawing(s) you want to enter. MEGA MILLIONS TICKETS CANNOT BE CANCELLED OR VOIDED AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN PROCESSED.
  • If you are using the e-playslip on the MD Lottery mobile app, follow the same instructions above, but instead of handing your paper playslip to the retailer for processing, your e-playslip will be scanned from your mobile phone.
  • Tickets are only valid for the drawing date(s) shown on the ticket. Sales for Mega Millions tickets cut off approximately 15 minutes prior to the Mega Millions drawing. Sales for the next drawing start immediately following the cut-off.
  • You must be 18 years old or older to buy or cash tickets.

HOW TO WIN

Every Tuesday and Friday night, five White Balls from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball from 1 to 25 will be drawn. You win a prize by matching some or all of the numbers drawn, as shown in the Prize Structure.

There are nine ways to win Mega Millions prize money, depending on how many of your numbers match the numbers drawn. The jackpot is pari-mutuel, so payment to each winner is determined by the number of winning plays for that particular draw. All other Mega Millions prizes, ranging from $2 to $1,000,000 and their related Megaplier prizes, are set, but may become pari-mutuel in certain circumstances.* (See * under Prize Structure.) You may only win one prize category per panel, the highest prize won on that panel.

Megaplier®

Increase your winnings for an extra $1 per play when you mark the Megaplier option on your playslip. Megaplier numbers are used to multiply non-jackpot prizes won on the Mega Millions draw immediately following the Megaplier drawing. Megaplier numbers are 2, 3, 4 and 5. For example, if you win $500 on Mega Millions and you played the Megaplier, and the Megaplier number drawn is 5, you multiply your winnings by five for a total winning amount of $2,500. The Megaplier number is randomly selected before each Mega Millions draw and will not appear on your ticket. The Megaplier multiplier does not apply to the jackpot prize. Click here to view Megaplier prize structure. Megaplier probabilities of winning are approximate.

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