# What was the Powerball numbers December 25th?

Powerball is one of the most popular and well-known lottery games in the United States. It is a multi-state lottery game that holds drawings twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Players select five main numbers between 1 and 69, and one additional Powerball number between 1 and 26. To win the jackpot, a player must match all six numbers. Even if the jackpot is not won, there are eight other prize levels in Powerball that pay out cash prizes to players who match some of the numbers.

In this article, we will provide an overview of how to play Powerball, the odds of winning, jackpot details, and some frequently asked questions about the game. Unfortunately I do not have access to the specific Powerball numbers that were drawn on December 25th of any given year, but this information will help provide a general understanding of how the popular lottery game works.

## How to Play Powerball

Playing Powerball requires selecting five main numbers and one Powerball number on a play slip or letting the lottery terminal randomly pick some or all of the numbers (called a “Quick Pick”). Here are the steps to play:

1. Choose five numbers between 1 and 69. These are the white balls.

2. Choose one Powerball number between 1 and 26. This is the red ball.

3. Mark your selections on a Powerball play slip or ask for a Quick Pick from the clerk.

4. Choose whether to add the Power Play option for an extra \$1 per play. This can multiply non-jackpot prizes.

5. Pay \$2 per play for each play slip.

6. Check your ticket to ensure the numbers are correct and legibly printed before leaving.

7. Wait for the Powerball drawings held every Wednesday and Saturday evening.

8. Match the numbers on your ticket to those drawn to win prizes.

### How to Win Powerball Prizes

Match the following balls to win:

 Prize Match Odds (1 in…) Jackpot 5 white balls + Powerball 292,201,338 \$1 million 5 white balls 11,688,053.52 \$50,000 4 white balls + Powerball 913,129.18 \$100 3 white balls + Powerball 36,525.17 \$100 4 white balls 36,525.17 \$7 3 white balls 575.53 \$7 2 white balls + Powerball 701.33 \$4 1 white ball + Powerball 91.98 \$4 Powerball only 38.32

The Power Play option for an extra \$1 per play can multiply the lower tier prizes (except the jackpot and Match 5 prize) by up to 10 times for drawings when the 10X multiplier is offered.

## Powerball Jackpots

The minimum starting Powerball jackpot is \$40 million. If no one wins the jackpot by matching all six numbers in a drawing, the prize rolls over into the next jackpot. This creates huge jackpot amounts when the top prize rolls over for several consecutive drawings without a winner.

Powerball jackpots start at a guaranteed \$40 million and continue growing based on game sales and rolls. There is no cap on how large the jackpot can grow. Once the advertised annuitized jackpot amount has been reached, a portion of sales is contributed to lower-tier prizes rather than boosting the jackpot further.

Jackpots are advertised as 30-year annuity amounts paid out over time. However, almost all winners opt for the lump sum cash payout, which is lower than the annuity amount. State and federal taxes also take a bite out of Powerball jackpot winnings.

Some notable Powerball jackpot details:

– Current (October 2023) jackpot record: \$2.04 billion (November 2022)

– Highest jackpot won: \$1.586 billion (January 2016) split by three tickets

– Powerball jackpots have been won 5 times at over \$1 billion

– There have been 38 jackpots won at over \$300 million

– The average Powerball jackpot win is around \$100 million

– The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292 million

## Where Powerball is Played

Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The participating jurisdictions are:

• Arizona
• Arkansas
• California
• Connecticut
• Delaware
• District of Columbia
• Florida
• Georgia
• Idaho
• Illinois
• Indiana
• Iowa
• Kansas
• Kentucky
• Louisiana
• Maine
• Maryland
• Massachusetts
• Michigan
• Minnesota
• Mississippi
• Missouri
• Montana
• New Hampshire
• New Jersey
• New Mexico
• New York
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
• Ohio
• Oklahoma
• Oregon
• Pennsylvania
• Puerto Rico
• Rhode Island
• South Carolina
• South Dakota
• Tennessee
• Texas
• US Virgin Islands
• Vermont
• Virginia
• Washington
• West Virginia
• Wisconsin
• Wyoming

Five states do not offer Powerball: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. However, residents of those states can purchase Powerball tickets when visiting participating jurisdictions.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The drawings are held at the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee, Florida and supervised by both Powerball and independent auditors.

## Odds of Winning Powerball

The odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 24.87. However, hitting the jackpot is much tougher with odds of just 1 in 292,201,338. Here are the overall odds of winning each prize:

 Prize Odds Jackpot 1 in 292,201,338 Match 5 1 in 11,688,053.52 Match 4 + PB 1 in 913,129.18 Match 4 1 in 36,525.17 Match 3 + PB 1 in 14,494.11 Match 3 1 in 579.76 Match 2 + PB 1 in 701.33 Match 1 + PB 1 in 91.98 Match 0 + PB 1 in 38.32

Some number combinations have come up more often in Powerball than others. The most frequently drawn main numbers since 1992 are:

– 61 (drawn 78 times)
– 32 (77 times)
– 21 (77 times)
– 63 (76 times)
– 69 (76 times)

The most common Powerball numbers are:

– 24 (drawn 45 times)
– 18 (42 times)
– 4 (36 times)
– 13 (34 times)
– 21 (34 times)

Although, every number has an equal chance of being chosen in each drawing. Powerball numbers are drawn randomly using two ball drawing machines and monitored auditing protocols. So in the end, every number combination has the same odds of winning.

## Taxes on Winnings

For big lottery wins like Powerball jackpots, a large portion of the prize goes towards taxes. There are both federal and state taxes that apply to lottery winnings.

The federal tax rate on lottery winnings is 24% for the top tax bracket. This applies to prizes over \$518,400 for single winners and over \$628,300 for married joint filers in 2023. Powerball jackpots will clearly exceed those amounts.

State taxes also apply based on where the winner lives and where the ticket was purchased. State tax rates on lottery winnings range from 2.9% to 8.82%. Some states like Florida, Texas, Washington and others do not tax lottery winnings at all.

The lump sum cash option results in withholdings right away for both federal and possibly state taxes. These taxes are immediately deducted from the cash payment. However, the winner is responsible for any additional taxes when they file returns the next year.

## Notable Powerball Winners

There have been many notable Powerball jackpot winners over the years. Here are some of the biggest standouts:

– The record \$2.04 billion jackpot in November 2022 was won by one ticket in California.

– The previous record of \$1.586 billion in January 2016 was split by three tickets in California, Florida and Tennessee.

– A South Carolina winner claimed a \$1.537 billion prize in October 2018 which stands as the largest single ticket jackpot.

– A Wisconsin player won a \$768.4 million Powerball prize in March 2019.

– A Massachusetts State Lottery group called “The Power Pack” hit a \$758.7 million jackpot in August 2017.

– A winner in Maryland took home a \$731.1 million Powerball prize in January 2021.

– A father and son in Wisconsin split a \$687.8 million jackpot in June 2022.

The largest Powerball prizes have continued growing in recent years alongside larger game sales. Undoubtedly there will be more record jackpots set in the future.

## Claiming Prizes

For prizes of \$600 or more, winners cannot remain anonymous and Powerball will publicly release their name and jurisdiction. Requirements to claim a jackpot prize include:

– Sign the back of the winning ticket immediately to establish ownership.

– Call or go to your state’s lottery headquarters to begin the claims process.

– Choose either the cash option or annuity payment stream. Cash is almost always chosen.

– Complete a claim form and IRS tax forms for winnings.

– Provide valid ID, proof of Social Security number, and proof of residency.

– Pay any outstanding tax liabilities, child support, or other debts that may be deducted.

– Attend press conferences and agree to promotional appearances for major prizes.

Winners have a limited time frame to come forward and claim prizes. Deadlines range from 90 days to one year based on jurisdictional rules. Unclaimed prizes are returned to the state where the winning ticket was sold.

## Powerball Strategies

While Powerball outcomes are entirely random, many players use certain strategies or lucky numbers when picking their combinations. Some approaches players use include:

– Using birthdates or other special numbers like anniversaries for the main numbers.

– Choosing a set of five numbers that add up to between 100-200.

– Selecting sequential numbers like 29-30-31-32-33 or spread out like 1-10-20-30-40.

– Picking a mix of odd and even digits.

– Using Quick Pick for randomly generated numbers.

– Sticking with the same set of numbers every drawing.

– Never using recent jackpot winning numbers.

– Focusing on overdue number combinations.

However, every number and combination has the same probability of being chosen. There is no assured method to select lucky Powerball numbers. In the end, the luck of the random draw determines the outcome.

## Is Powerball Rigged?

Lottery games like Powerball use extensive security protocols and auditing practices to ensure fair drawings and random results. Powerball drawings are conducted using certified ball drawing machines that are tested regularly. The drawing process is overseen by Powerball representatives, independent auditors, and additional state regulatory officials.

All aspects of the lottery system from sales, accounting, ball selection, and draws are scrutinized to guarantee proper functioning and eliminate tampering. Electronic scanners verify sales and winners. Stringent chain of custody rules track the balls from manufacturing to drawings. There are numerous checks and balances to prevent manipulation or fraud.

In summary, it is essentially impossible for Powerball drawings to be rigged or numbers manipulated based on the safeguards in place. Billions in sales and enormous jackpots also provide incentive for fair results. While the odds of winning are extremely long, players can be confident the Powerball drawings are legitimate.

## Getting Help for Gambling Problems

For most, playing the lottery is harmless entertainment. However, some individuals can develop a gambling addiction and obsession with winning the lottery. Compulsive gambling can seriously impact finances, relationships, work, and health.

Signs of problem gambling include:

– Spending more than you can afford on Powerball or lottery tickets.

– Taking out loans or paying bills late to play more.

– Betting more to try to win back losses.

– Irritable mood swings and withdrawal when not playing.

– Isolating yourself to play Powerball obsessively.

If gambling becomes uncontrollable or causes issues in your life, seek help. Talk to your doctor or a counselor about addiction treatment options in your area. Call the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-522-4700 for confidential support.

## Powerball FAQs

How much does a Powerball ticket cost?

Powerball tickets cost \$2 per play. You can add on the Power Play option for \$1 more to increase non-jackpot prizes.

Can you buy Powerball tickets online?

Yes, Powerball tickets can be purchased online in some states through approved lottery websites and mobile apps. You must be physically located within that state at time of purchase.

What happens if there is a Powerball tie?

If two or more tickets match all six numbers, the jackpot is split evenly among them. This has happened a few times in Powerball history for massive jackpots.

What are the odds of winning Powerball?

The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.87. The odds for the jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

How late can you buy Powerball tickets?

Cutoff times vary by location, but usually 1 to 2 hours before that night’s drawing at 10:59 p.m. ET. Check with your local retailer.

Can Powerball numbers be purchased in advance?

Yes, many states allow advance play to purchase Powerball tickets for future drawings up to several weeks ahead.

How old do you have to be to play Powerball?

You must be at least 18 years old to purchase Powerball tickets. Some jurisdictions allow minors to play if an adult claims winnings for them.

## Conclusion

In summary, Powerball is an extremely popular multi-state lottery game known for huge jackpot prizes. Players attempt to match five main numbers and the Powerball for a chance to win prizes ranging from \$4 to hundreds of millions. While the odds of winning are slim, Powerball fever takes hold whenever the jackpot grows. With stringent security procedures, players can feel confident the game is fair and drawings are truly random. For most, Powerball is simply recreational entertainment, but be sure to play responsibly.