Powerball is a famous American lottery that is available across the country as a shared pool lottery through other state lotteries. The Powerball has a number of highly impressive winnings behind its name, which actually includes the biggest payout yet. On January 13th, 2016, the Powerball rewarded an incredible $1.58 billion to 3 lucky winnings who had the right numbers to take the jackpot. These winners were from Tennessee, California, and Florida. To date, the bigger jackpot winning with a single ticket has been $590.5 million, which are won by a Gloria C. Mackenzie on May 18th, 2013.
The Powerball was first started as the multi-state Lotto America, which was established in 1988. In April 1992, the name was altered to Powerball and remains the same to this day. The draw takes place twice a week, including Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 EST. Each draw is broadcast live from Tallahassee, FL. The Powerball has become one of the most popular in the US and many other regions around the world and has been recognized as one of the biggest. Twice a week, millions of players purchase tickets to stand a chance of winning the next jackpot. This includes players from all states in America and other countries worldwide.
How the Powerball Lottery Works
To play the game it very easy and players have 2 options, which includes auto-pick or manual. Auto-pick chooses the numbers for you, which is a great option for those who are buying multiple tickets. The manual option lets you chose the numbers as well as the Powerball number.
Each ticket consists of 69 regular numbers and 26 Powerball numbers. Players are required to pick 5 white ball numbers that range from 1 to 69 and a single Powerball number that ranges from 1 to 26. Each played ticket will cost $2.00 which only includes the Powerball game and the 6 numbers you’ve selected. Additional options such as the PowerPlay feature can be added for another $1.00, which basically adds a multiplier to the non-jackpot winnings. The multipliers range from 2x through to 10x, which increases winnings by a massive amount, even when smaller jackpots have been activated.
The new rules that were applied in 2015 state that any non-jackpot winnings worth $1 million will be doubled to $2 million in cash when the PowerPlay option has been activated on the winning ticket.
Once the jackpot has been won, the value starts off at $40 million, which is higher than most other lotteries. The amount increases each time the jackpot is not won, which is known as a rollover. This enhances the prize for the new draw of the week or for the next week, which is how Powerball has managed to provide winnings with hundreds of millions in jackpot prizes. The biggest jackpots usually occur when the amount is rolled over more than 15 times, which is where players will see the massive amounts that have broken records.
Odds of Winning the Powerball Lottery
As with any other lottery, the odds of winning is determined by the number of matching balls, and with each added ball, the odds of matching those drawn increases. Matching one number plus the powerball is rather low coming in at 1 in 91 and matching two numbers plus the powerball is 1 in 701. It is clear how the odds have substantial increases as you approach matching additional numbers. Matching the powerball plus three numbers increases odds to 1 in 14,494,11 and should you be lucky enough to match five numbers with the powerball, you will have beaten odds of 1 in 292,201,338.00!
Who Can Play the Powerball Lottery
The Powerball used to be only available to member states, which required players to purchase tickets within one of the states. However, this has all changed thanks to online lottery sites that provide ticket sales for Powerball and many other lotteries. This means you can buy tickets online from anywhere and stand a chance to win the millions of dollars offered in each draw.
These websites provide all the results of each draw, meaning members outside of the US can simply visit the site and check their numbers to see if they are one of the next lucky millionaires. Members outside of the US are able to buy regular Powerball tickets as well as the PowerPlay option for bigger winnings that aren’t jackpot winnings.
To play the Powerball lottery, you need to be at least 18 years old in most regions around the world. However, there are parts of the world such as Nebraska that requires players to be at least 19 or 21 in some areas of America, which includes Iowa, Arizona, and Louisiana.
Winning Tips for the Powerball
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are relatively low as millions play the game each week. This has brought the odds to the same chance of flipping a coin and landing on tails 28 times in consecutive order, which is very unlikely. However, there are a few ways to increase your chances of winning. A significant part of the Powerball is that many other reward opportunities might not be as big as the jackpot amount, but still offer incredible returns on your $2 ticket.
As you can imagine, there are many people who focus on the Powerball results and seek out any numbers that often appear and could come up in the same sequence again. These numbers include 8, 13, 14, 39, and 54. Many would recommend playing at least 1 ticket with these numbers and choose the rest of your ticket numbers as per usual. However, these are also a broad range of number combinations that can be tried, which includes anything from number groups to simply playing the numbers that resulted in winnings a year ago.
The odds of winning with quick pick numbers are also higher than that of numbers selected by hand. In fact, more than 70% of all winning tickets have been numbers selected by quick pick. The option lets to choose the amount of tickets you would like to buy, and it will select the numbers for you.
One of the best ways to increase your odds of winning is by buying more tickets at a time. Most players who play the game on a regular basis choose 5 tickets with lucky strategies like the one mentioned above, 5 quick pick tickets, and 5 tickets that consist of their personal lucky numbers.
There are also many who buy large amounts of tickets, such as investing $100 or more and only buying Powerball tickets. However, while this might increase your chances of winning, be careful not to overspend as there are no guarantees that the winning ticket will appear within the 50 tickets you would get with a $100 investment.