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About Powerball


History of the USA Powerball Lotto Online:


The American Powerball originally started life way back in 1988 and was known as "Lotto America". In 1992 this became the Powerball lottery, with the first official Powerball draw being held on April 19th, 1992. The game has grown and evolved over the years with new States joining (now totalling 44 States) and various changes being applied to the ball and prize structure. These include a change in the annuity prize payments from 20 yearly payments to 30, and the addition of a cash option for the jackpot. In addition, players are now able to purchase their Powerball lotto tickets online.

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How to play Powerball lotto tickets online

How to Play Your American Powerball Lotto Entries Online:


The American Powerball lottery makes use of 2 machines drawing 2 sets of numbers. In this way it is similar to other lotteries like the Mega Millions and Euromillions. 

Lottery players need to select: 

- 5 numbers from a possible 69 (these are the white numbers)
- 1 number from a possible 26 (these are the red ‘powerballs’) 

If a player matches all 6 numbers drawn they will win the jackpot! 

Originally players selected 5/45 and 1/45 but this developed over the years to 5/59 and 1/35 and now eventually 5/69 and 1/26 ensuring some truly giant jackpots on offer.  On the 7th October, 2015, Powerball changed again to the now current 5/69 and 1/26 number format.  

The new and improved game matrix was designed to create more rollovers and even bigger jackpots. At the time of the first change, lottery officials estimated that the jackpot could roll over to a never before seen 1 billion Dollars!

This is exactly what happened! On the 13th January, 2016, lotto frenzy hit the globe when the jackpot soared to an incredible $1.6 billion!



USA Powerball Rollovers and Giant Jackpots:


The starting jackpot before any rollovers have taken place is $40 million USD with a 2nd tier prize of $1 million USD. One does not even need to match all 6 numbers to become a millionaire on American Powerball. 

The biggest Powerball jackpot ever won was a jaw-dropping $1.6 billion that was finally won on the 13th January, 2016. 3 ticket holders scooped up the biggest Powerball jackpot in history. They came from California, Florida, and Tennessee.

The third biggest jackpot ever won on the USA Powerball was an amazing $758.7 million USD won by a single ticket holder on the 23rd of August 2017.  

The second biggest jackpot ever won on the USA Powerball was an unbelievable $590.5 million USD won by 1 lucky ticket holder on Saturday 18th May 2013. 

On the 18th February 2006, 1 ticket bought by 8 co-workers from a Nebraska meat-processing plant took home $365 million USD, another one of the biggest USA Powerball jackpot ever won.



Cash Jackpot versus Annuity Prize:


The minimum jackpot prize is a $40 million annuity disbursed in 30 payments over 29 years. 

The 30 annuity payments are not equal but based on an increasing rate schedule.

The winner gets the first payment immediately and then a guaranteed annual payment for the next 29 years.

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When to Play the American Powerball Lotto:


Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time in Tallahassee, Florida and aired across many local USA TV channels. The results of drawings are not official until they are audited by the accounting firm LWBJ, LLP.



USA Powerball Prize Structure:

There are 9 prize tiers on the Powerball lottery, as follows:
Matches Prize (approx.)
Powerball match $ 4
1 number, plus Powerball $ 4
2 numbers, plus Powerball $ 7
3 numbers, no Powerball $ 7
3 numbers, plus Powerball $ 100
4 numbers, no Powerball $ 100
4 numbers, plus Powerball $ 50,000
All 5 numbers, no Powerball $ 1,000,000
All 5 numbers, plus Powerball Jackpot

 

Good luck when playing the US Powerball!

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