USA The three highest multistate Lottery jackpots awarded nationwide were: 365 million (USD) (one ticket) in Powerball on Oct. 19, 2005; 363 million (USD) (split two ways) in the Big Game on May 9, 2000; and 340 million (USD) (one ticket) in Powerball on Feb. 18, 2006.
The Powerball lottery is a co-operative game between 45 States in the USA. When you play USA Powerball it is like playing in 45 lottos at the same time!
The Powerball lottery has a minimum jackpot of over $40 million (USD) and increases with every rollover.
Powerball offers you nine ways to win! With over 650,000 winners each week your chances of winning a cash prize are BIG!
The largest jackpot win is $590.5 million USD which was won in May 2013 by a single ticket in Florida
In addition to picking all six numbers, there are eight other ways to win prizes from $1 to $1,000,000.
If there is no top prize winner, the jackpot prize rolls over to the next draw, making the prize for those winning numbers bigger ... and Bigger ... and BIGGER!
The second prize (won by matching five white balls in any order) is $1,000,000 paid in cash. You also win any time you match the red Power ball.
Normally 50 percent of the amount wagered on Powerball lottery games is used for prizes.
In order to win the PowerBall jackpot, you need to match 5 numbers with those drawn from 59 plus 1 PowerBall drawn from a second set of 35 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 Power Play option may be chosen to multiply your winnings (other than the jackpot and the match 5 prize) by an amount which is randomly selected before the game. This can be x2, x3, x4 or x5.
The odds of winning any PowerBall prize are 1 in 31.
|5 Balls + Power Ball||1 in 175,223,510|
|5 Balls||1 in 5,153,632|
|4 Balls + Power Ball||1 in 648,975|
|4 Balls||1 in 19,087|
|3 Balls + Power Ball||1 in 12,244|
|3 Balls||1 in 360|
|2 Balls + Power Ball||1 in 706|
|1 Ball||1 in 110|
|Power Ball||1 in 55|
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.
The odds of winning a prize in Powerball lotto have been lowered. You can now win a prize just by matching the PowerBall alone!
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