The jackpot for the POWERBALL(r) continues to climb, with an estimated $630 million prize now available to the first jackpot winner. It has rolled 39 times since the October 4 drawing, and has already generated $54 million in contributions to the EETF. The jackpot winner can choose to receive the prize in 30 equal annual installments or a lump sum of $448.4 million. Players can also win non-jackpot prizes, ranging in value from $4 to $2 million.
Winning numbers are selected using two separate ball machines, one with five (5) white balls and the other with a set of red Powerballs. The white balls are drawn first, followed by the red Powerball. A winning game matches three or more white balls. If more than three of those five numbers are drawn, the game is a tie. If more than three are drawn, the prize is split 50/50. There is no jackpot prize for matching all five numbers.
Currently, Powerball is available in every state that has a lottery. The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands also offer the lottery. It replaced Lotto*America in April 1992 and The Big Game ten years later. The only state not to sell lottery tickets is Alabama. The game was called Lotto America and was available in all states except Alabama. It was the largest lottery payout in history, with three winners taking home more than half a billion dollars.
The jackpot is guaranteed to be $20 million in the next Powerball drawing. Afterwards, the game members must contribute additional funds to the jackpot pool. This is the most common scenario, but there are exceptions. If you win, you must claim the prize in the jurisdiction where you purchased the ticket. The minimum age to play the Powerball game is 18 in most states, but the age requirement is higher in Arizona and Louisiana. The jackpot is also available only to people who meet certain requirements.
MUSL conducts the official PowerBALL drawing. The Power Play feature has the potential to increase non-jackpot prizes by up to $1 million. This option costs $1 per play. In addition to matching all five numbers and the Powerball, the player can also purchase tickets for up to 14 consecutive drawings. All tickets for a Power Play draw include the date range. This is important because Power Play does not apply to the jackpot or Double Play prize.
In the United States, the Powerball has been drawn twice daily. Each drawing takes place at 8:59 p.m. MT on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Results from participating lotteries outside of California are available on the POWERBALL website. The prize amounts vary from drawing to draw, depending on ticket sales and winners. However, it is important to note that prizes are only announced once the national results have been certified.