The numbers in the main drum during the Powerball drawing go from 1 to 59, so 59 is the highest possible number. The numbers in the drum from which the Powerball is chosen go from 1 to 35, so the Powerball can be as high as 35.
To play the Powerball, you pick 5 numbers from 1 to 59 and then chose one Powerball number from 1 to 35. The odds of winning the Jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510, while the odds of winning any prize at all are approximately 1 in 32.
Two winners have been confirmed for the November 28, 2012 Powerball drawing, which is now the largest Powerball jackpot in history. One person in Arizona and one person in Missouri will be splitting the $579.9 million jackpot, which has a cash value of $379.8 million before taxes.
The largest lottery jackpot ever was the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot that was won by three people in March 2012.