The Florida Lottery is one of 44 states that currently participate in the multi-state Powerball game although Florida only joined in January 2009 despite Powerball being launched in 1992. When the Florida Lottery joined in with the Powerball game the matrix of the draws changed to 5/59 and 1/39 – a change that saw four main numbers added and the loss of three Powerballs). With the change game a drop in players chances of being a jackpot winner (from 1 in 146 million to 1 in 195 million). Conditions of the addition of the Florida Powerball lottery included a relocation of the live draws; originally taking place in Iowa the draws move to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Florida Powerball History
There have been numerous changes in the matrix of the Powerball game:
- Starting on April 22nd, 1992 – 5/45 and 1/45
- Starting November 5th, 1997 – 5/49 and 1/42
- Starting March 7th, 2001 – 5/49 and 1/42 with 5 Power Play multipliers
- Starting October 9th 2002 – 5/53 and 1/42 with 4 Power Play multipliers
- Starting August 28th, 2005 – 5/55 and 1/42 with 4 Power Play multipliers
- Starting January 7th, 2009 – 5/59 and 1/39 with 4 Power Play multipliers
Power Play was introduced in March 2001 and offered players the chance to multiple any winning prize level (other than the jackpot) by the Power Play number that is drawn using a random number generator. Opting in for Power Play incurs an additional fee but lottery players can multiple their non-jackpot winnings up to 5 times.
Unlike many of the lotteries offered by the Florida Lottery the non-jackpot prizes are fixed with only the jackpot prize pool being determined by ticket sales.
FL Powerball Odds Table
|Number Matches||Prize Amount||Odds|
|Powerball only||$3||1 : 61.74|
|1 main number + Powerball||$4||1 : 123.48|
|2 main numbers + Powerball||$7||1 : 787.17|
|3 main numbers only||$7||1 : 359.06|
|3 main numbers + Powerball||$100||1 : 13,644.24|
|4 main numbers only||$100||1 : 19,030.12|
|4 main numbers + Powerball||$10,000||1 : 723,144.64|
|5 main numbers only||$200,000||1 : 5,138,133|
|5 main numbers + Powerball||JACKPOT||1 : 195,249,054|