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Wed, May 25, 2022
Powerball is the most popular multistate lotto game in the USA. Playing across 44 states, the PowerBall creates 500 new millionaires each year!
Powerball has nine prize tiers and with over 650,000 winners every week, your chances of winning a cash prize are BIG!
The Powerball lottery has a minimum jackpot of over $40 million (USD) and increases with every rollover. There is no cap on the rollovers!
The largest jackpot win is $590.5 million USD which was won in May 2013 by a single ticket from Florida
In order to win the PowerBall jackpot, you need to match 5 numbers with those drawn from 69 plus 1 PowerBall drawn from a second set of 26 balls. The PowerBall number may have the same numerical value as one of those previously drawn from the first set of balls.
PowerBall is played every Wednesday and Saturday night.
The PowerPlay option may be chosen to multiply your winnings (other than the jackpot and the match 5 prize) by the amount shown on the ball. This can be x2, x3, x4 or x5.
Did you know - the odds of winning any PowerBall prize is 1 in 24.
You can even win a prize just by matching the Power Ball alone!
|5 Balls + Power Ball||1 in 292,201,338|
|5 Balls||1 in 11,688,053|
|4 Balls + Power Ball||1 in 913,129|
|4 Balls||1 in 36,525|
|3 Balls + Power Ball||1 in 14,494|
|3 Balls||1 in 579|
|2 Balls + Power Ball||1 in 701|
|1 Ball||1 in 92|
|Power Ball||1 in 38|
If there is no top prize winner, the jackpot prize rolls over to the next draw and with no cap on the jackpot, the prizes for those winning numbers gets bigger ... and Bigger ... and BIGGER!
In addition to matching all six numbers, there are eight other ways to win prizes from $1 to $1,000,000.
You can even win a prize by only matching the Power Ball and nothing else!
Typically, 50 percent of the amount wagered on Powerball lottery games is used for prizes.
Lotto America was launched in 1988 and renamed to Powerball in April 1992 when the game and the prizes were also changed. The number of required balls was increased, but this was made up for by a more noticable change, that of being able to win a prize by matching just the PowerBall alone!
In March, 2001, an optional multiplier wheel (called 'PowerPlay') was added. The wheel was retired in 2009 and PowerPlay is now drawn by computer.
Powerball was the first lotto game to use two drums. Using two drums offers more flexibility in game design, allowing for the possibility of both high jackpot odds and low odds for other prize levels. The two-drum idea has since been used by the Mega Millions (formerly The Big Game) in the U.S., Australia's Powerball, Thunderball in the United Kingdom, and EuroMillions.
PowerBall Lottery Results
UK Other unusual places where lottery winners choose to hide their tickets include socks, shoes, freezers and biscuit tins - an elderly gentleman put his ticket in his underpants on Saturday night and did not remove it until Monday morning, while another man sellotaped his ticket to his chest.