If you’re watching the Powerball drawing tonight, you may find that you matched only one number that was drawn. Does this mean you won something, even if you didn’t win the big $700 million jackpot?
Unfortunately, if you only matched one white number on the Powerball, you did NOT win any money. If the only number matched was the red Powerball Number itself, then you’ll win $4.
There are multiple ways to win the Powerball. But if you only matched one white number, then you haven’t won anything tonight.
If you matched on red ball (the Powerball, which is the last number drawn), then you’ll win $4. You can put that money into buying two more Powerball tickets!
Here’s how the other matches work.
- If you match all five white balls, in any order, but not the Powerball, then you’ll get $1 million.
- If you match four out of five of the white balls and the Powerball, you’ll win $50,000.
- The amount you win drops dramatically after this. You have two ways to win $100: either match four out of five of the white balls OR match three white balls and the Powerball.
- Next is your shot at $7. You’ll win $7 if you either match three out of five of the white balls OR you match two white balls and the Powerball.
- Last is your shot at $4, which you could use to buy two more Powerball tickets if you wanted. You’ll get this if you match one white ball and the Powerball OR if you just match the Powerball.
Many players match just one white ball and get excited, thinking they’re taking home some money. Sadly, that just isn’t the case.