Powerball is one of the most popular lotteries in the USA and is played across 45 states. Originally, it was set up as a lottery which could be played in states which the Megamillions was not available in, so from 1992 to 2009 the Powerball was only sold in 23 states. However, the Megamillions and Powerball came to an agreement in 2009 to share their locations, and now are played in harmony across America.
Powerball Draw Schedule
The Powerball numbers are drawn twice a week on a Wednesday and Saturday night at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, at approximately 22.59 Eastern Time. If you are a US resident you can watch them live on television on various network stations depending on which state that you are viewing from. Occasionally, the Powerball Lotto is drawn in a different location if it's a special event.
|Next Draw: Wednesday 11th December 2013 Next Jackpot: $122,000,000|
How to Play and Win Powerball
To play the Powerball, player must first choose five numbers from between 1 to 59, then one further number – the Powerball – from another drum, which contains 35 balls. There are nine different prize tiers, ranging from matching just the Powerball to matching all five numbers plus the Powerball, which will earn the payer the jackpot. There is also an additional game which can be played, named the Powerplay, which will see players who win on the eight non-jackpot tiers have their winnings significantly increased.
There is a 1 in 32 chance of winning a prize on the Powerball lottery, and a 1 in 175,223,510 chance of winning the jackpot, which has a minimum value of $40 million. If the jackpot is not won, it will roll over to the next draw, and so the Powerball can see some impressive jackpots. The largest jackpot ever won in Powerball was $590.5 million won by a ticket from Florida on 18th May 2013.
With the exception of the jackpot, all the other prize tiers offer a fixed prize, and winning on the Powerplay will increase that fixed prize to another fixed figure, which is between twice and four times the original prize.