Powerball in the U.S. is the most famous lottery game in the world. It runs all over America, except for the six states. It is the first lottery game that uses two drums to reveal the winner. One drum contains white balls while the other drum has red balls, also known as power balls.
The game offers one jackpot, which increases every time a drawing occurs and no contestant gets lucky enough to have matching numbers.
Powerball gained worldwide popularity after it awarded a $1.586 billion jackpot in January 2016.
How The Powerball Works In The U.S.
The drawing event takes place every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 PM ET at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. If the viewer misses the TV Broadcast, the winners are also listed n the newspapers and on the official website of Powerball.
However, you can’t register for the Powerball online. You have to purchase it from the store.
In general, the price of a Powerball ticket is $2 and can go up to $3 if you add a Power Play option. The Power Play option has the ability to increase the amount of your prize money if you pick the right number.
Initially, the Powerball lottery prize starts at $40 million and can add up to $10 million each time there’s no winner. Consequently, it’s no surprise that the jackpot prize often reaches tens of millions.
Besides the jackpot, there are other prizes – worth between $2 and $4 million – that are awarded to other winners. The prize amount depends on the participant’s correctly-guessed numbers. In every drawing, the number of prizes given out is determined only by how many contestants make the right guesses.
Steps To Playing The Powerball
- To get registered in the drawing, you have to purchase a Powerball lottery ticket and select five numbers. You can pick numbers yourself, or you can utilize the Quick Pick option.
- The Powerball is a two-drum game in which one drum contains 69 white balls and the other drum includes 26 red balls (known as power balls). Five white balls are drawn from the first drum to choose the prize winner, and one red ball is drawn from the second drum.
- If your selected number matches the five white balls drawn, you are the winner of a cash prize. And, if you match the red ball as well, you win the jackpot prize.
What Is Power Play And How Does It Affect My Winnings?
The regular price of a Powerball ticket is $2. However, if you purchase the Power Play option for an additional $1 and select a number from one to five. It can dramatically increase the prize money of Powerball winners. If selected, a Power Play multiplies the prize money that you win after matching five numbers.
The Power Play option works differently for the prize money you get after matching five and six balls. As such, the $1 million payout you get after matching five balls gets doubled courtesy of the Power Play option.
Nonetheless, the Power Play option does not have any effect on the jackpot.