The first draw of the popular American lottery PowerBall was held in 1988. At that time it was named “Lotto America”, but in 1992 its name was changed to PowerBall. The draws are coordinated by the non-profit organization Multi-State Lottery (MUSL). Florida joined it in 2009 and from this time the size of the jackpot has been greatly increased. There are 44 states which participate in this lottery now.
The greatest jackpot in PowerBall’s history was in the ticket of May 18, 2013. The prize was $590 million. The second greatest win was $580 million and was equally divided between two tickets on November 28, 2012. The jackpot can reach such incredible sizes due to its accumulation feature. It means that if no one wins the jackpot during this draw, it is accumulated and transferred to the next one.
The PowerBall broadcast is held in Orlando at the Universal Studios, every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 23:00 local time. In order to become a participant of the PowerBall lottery, you need to buy a ticket and mark down 6 numbers, five white balls from 1 to 59 and one red from 1 to 35. The red one is the PowerBall. During the drawing all the balls are put into two lottery drums. Then, five white balls and one red ball are randomly taken out of them. Anyone who has correctly marked down all 6 numbers hits the jackpot.
Besides that, PowerBall has an additional option called PowerPlay. It allows you to increase any prize except of the jackpot. In order to increase your winnings up to 2-5 times, you need to choose the PowerPlay option when you buy a ticket, which raises the price of the lottery ticket for each combination. If you win, your reward will be multiplied.
The prize fund of PowerBall is divided proportionally between nine categories and consists of fixed sums. So the PowerPlay win can be decreased if it is higher than the whole prize budget. In each category the prize is equally divided between all the winners. The ones who correctly guess at least one red ball receive minimum prize. Jackpot can be paid in two ways, either as the whole sum of money at once or as thirty equal payments during 29 years. In the first case 50-60% of the winnings are taken by taxes.
You can buy a PowerBall ticket not only from stalls, but also through the ProLotto online service. It is not necessary to be an American citizen to do that. An important requirement to be met is that the player must be 18 years old at the time of buying a ticket.
PowerBall is a popular and easy way to immediately change your life. Due to this game hundreds of people become millionaires every year. Buy the ticket today, correctly guess the winning combination and get your prize!
Min. Jackpot: $40 million
Schedule: Wednesday, Saturday
Guess Range: 5/69 + 1/26