Do Powerball Numbers Have to Be in Order?

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A question players often ask is whether they can win if their Powerball lottery numbers match the numbers drawn but in a different order.

To play Powerball, you need to pick five white ball numbers from 1 through 69 and one red Powerball number from 1 through 26. For a faster play, check the Quick Pick or Easy Pick box and the lottery terminal will randomly generate your numbers. Each play costs $2.00.

Your ticket will print the white ball numbers in numerical order, regardless of how you chose them.

During the draw, five white balls and one red Powerball are randomly selected.

Let's say you chose the five white balls 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and the Powerball 26. In the draw, the white balls are selected in this order: 4, 3, 5, 2, 1. The Powerball drawn is 26. Do you win the jackpot?

The answer is yes! As long as your picks for the white balls match the five numbers the lottery draws, in any order, and your Powerball choice matches theirs, you'll take home the jackpot.

The same is also true for lower prize tiers - the white balls may match in any order to win a prize.

However, you can't substitute a white ball number for the red Powerball or vice versa.

After the drawing, media reports will usually place the white ball numbers in order from lowest to highest, but again, the order does not affect whether you're due a payout.

Do Powerball Numbers Have to Be in a Row?

A related question is whether you can match Powerball numbers across different lines on your ticket to win.

You can play up to five times on a playslip. Each panel is one play and costs $2.00. To play, choose five numbers from the top of a panel and one Powerball number from the bottom.

If you buy a ticket with multiple plays, it will print with one row of numbers for each play. However, each line is a separate entry. To win a prize, all numbers you match must be on the same line!

For example, if you match all five white balls on one line, you win the Match 5 second prize of $1 million. However, if you have purchased five plays and each number is on a separate line of the ticket ... unfortunately, you haven't won anything.

So the bottom line is that players can't win a prize by crisscrossing numbers from different rows on a ticket or combining numbers from multiple tickets.

Powerball Prizes

The Powerball grand prize starts at $20 million and grows from there until it's won. You can see the current Powerball jackpot here.

Check out the nine ways to win with the full breakdown of Powerball prizes and odds. The game offers a $1 million second prize for matching all five white balls. And you can even take home a cash payout for matching just the Powerball number, or as few as one white ball plus the Powerball.

Any non-jackpot prize won will be multiplied if you add the Powerplay option to your play for an extra $1.00.

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