Powerball Lottery is one of the most popular lotteries and played in 42 states all across the USA. Lottery tickets can be bought up to 59 minutes before that night’s game both in stores and online. Online Lottery players can now take part in the Powerball Lottery draw.
The Powerball Lottery game draw is at 10:59 pm EST every Wednesday and Saturday night. There are two separate drums, one containing 59 white balls and the other 35 red balls.
When the game starts, five white balls get drawn from the first drum; just one red ball gets pulled from the other.
The guaranteed starting jackpot for the top lottery jackpot prize in Powerball Lottery is $40 million, and it grows until someone wins it. The average Powerball jackpot is a life-changing 255 million dollars.
How to Win a Powerball Lottery
To win the Powerball Lottery jackpot, players must match the red ball number drawn out as well as all the five white ball numbers drawn in any order.
Should you hit the top jackpot, you could either claim a massive lump sum in one go or choose to claim your winnings as an annuity. If you go for the latter option, the prize is paid out over 29 years in 30 payments increasing each year by a predefined percentage.
That’s just one of nine ways to win cash playing the Powerball Lottery. The average odds of winning something in this Lottery game are 1:32. If you match a red ball number, you are guaranteed a cash prize.
The Odds of Winning a Powerball Prize
If you match just the five white balls (5+0), you will win the second prize which is a whopping $1,000,000 in cash. You can win smaller cash prizes for matching a different number of white balls with or without the red ball.
On a regular play, you can win $4 for matching just the red ball with (1+1) or without any 1 of the white balls (0+1). Either match two white balls and the red (2+1) or just three white balls (3+0) to win $7.
Match the red ball and three white ones (3+1) or just four white balls (4+0) to win $100. Win $10,000 if you match four white balls along with the red (4+1).
If you win any of the 2nd to 9th prizes, you will be allowed to increase the original prize amount thanks to the unique Power Play feature.
Power Play Feature – Use it or Lose It
This option is available for an extra $1, but it is an optional selection at the time of purchasing your tickets.
With Power Play, 2nd prize doubles to $2,000,000, 3rd prize quadruples to $40,000, 4th and 5th prize double to $200; the 6th and 7th prizes double to $14 and the lowest prize triple to $12.
So just an extra $1 gives you a shot at an additional $1 million at the top end.