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Powerball is an American multi-state, exiting and multi-million-dollar jackpot game. This lottery game is a product of Multi-State Lottery Association and it is currently being offered in 46 different lottery jurisdictions. Powerball is America’s favorite lottery and it is available in 45 states, Puerto Rico, Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands. This is a clear indicator that it is an American game!

All members of Powerball lotteries make contributions made up of a percentage of their sales to create a pool from where jackpots are made. This grows to multi-millions. The game has the largest starting jackpot at $40 million. This decision was reached in January 15, 2012.

The biggest Powerball and third largest lottery globally was $600 million. This comes after two Mega Millions that took position one and two respectively.

Power Play

This is a great Powerball add-on feature that that makes it possible for players to win up to $2 million. Players may choose to add $1 every time they play Powerball in order to get a power play ticket. Any power play participant who matches the 5 numbers wins the $2 million prize. All the other prizes which are non-jackpot will have to be multiplied by the Power Play multiplier effect from 2 through 5.

There are nine price levels with lower 5 tier prices ranging from $4 million to $1 million with a maximum of $2 million in prices for Power Play.

The tickets in Powerball cost $2 per for each play. On the other hand, power Play costs $3 for each play. The Powerball jackpot is put in place by MUSL for every drawing and the calculations are done based on the amount of sales anticipated by the organization. This is also based on funds rolled from the previous drawings. Finally, the prevailing interest rates for the investments that are long-term too affect the draw. For each of the tickets sold, 31.97 per cent is dedicated towards the final top-prize pool.

History and background of Powerball

  • Lotto America

    Lotto America is the predecessor of Powerball. Initially, this multi-state game was called Lotto America. The new name, Powerball, was adopted on April 19, 1992. After three days, the first draw for Powerball was held. Maine, as a state joined MUSL in 1990 and dropped out at the start of Powerball. It took several years until the summer of 2004 before rejoining again.

    On October 13, 2009 MUSL consortium joined hands with Mega Millions to allow U.S. lotteries sell Powerball and Mega Millions. This expansion processes started on January 31, 2010. Powerball tickets were sold on 10 Mega Millions member lotteries. This ended the exclusivity clause. This is a great cross-selling expansion.

    Most of the 45 lotteries in the US now offer both games. There are 50 states in the United States. There are five states that do not operate state-run lotteries because it is not supported by the state constitutional mandate or laws.

    The Powerball became the first lottery game to use two drums. This strategy makes it possible to simultaneously allow high jackpot odds. This approach also creates numerous levels for prizes and reduces significantly the odds of winning. It explains why you can win by matching only one number. This great concept of two drums was suggested by Steve Caputo of Oregon Lottery and it gained a lot of popularity and as a result, it has been used by the EuroMillions, Eurojacket, and the Big Game in the United States.

    Since the beginning of Lotto America in 1988, the Powerball drawings have been held in West Des Moines, Iowa. Mike Pace has been a longtime Iowa radio personality associated with the hosting of the drawings. Powerball is held in 45 states in the United States but the final draw is held at the Florida’s high tech studios in Tallahassee. Due to the need to promote the game’s expansion to new locations, some draws are held away from Florida.

    The Powerball decided to take a new turn in 1996 when a total of five drawings were held away from its Des Moines home in Iowa. For the first time, the drawings were broadcast live from Atlanta during the Summer Olympics.

    The Power Play was added as an optional multiplier to allow players to be able to multiply their non-jackpot winnings.

    There is a general believe that the first $1 billion jackpot will take place by 2022. This would be a first in United States history. This will be made possible because if the jackpot is not won during a specific drawing, the prize pool is carried over to the next drawing period. This will continue accumulating until there is a winner. All the 45 states have different rules which are followed in regulating any unclaimed funds.

    Puerto Rico is the first major Spanish speaking country that offers Powerball to her populace. The state joined Powerball on October, 2014. The Island does not offer Mega Millions for play.

    In cases where the ticket sales fall below expectations, the game members will be forced to contribute the additional funds. This will be used to top the jackpot pool shortage. This is more likely to happen when the jackpot is won on consecutive drawings.

How to play power play

Start by marking the Power Play box that is situated towards the left side of the Powerball Play slip. All the marked Quick Pick boxes and panels will apply. Power Play will then add $1 more for every play made. It is advisable to check on the play slip very carefully before you surrender it to the retailer.

What is the latest time when you can purchase Powerball tickets?

The final purchases can be made by 10:00 p.m. on the drawing night. The MUSL requires humble time to make sure that all draw data is received from all the 45 state lotteries on a secure manner before the final draw is made. All sales made after the 10:05 p.m. will be for the next drawing.

Does the play slip work across all states?

No, each state has its special play slips. These slips work exclusively on their different gaming systems.

How do people win Powerball?

Before MUSL does official Powerball drawing, a number that is considered a Power Play Multiplier (2-5) is selected and displayed during the draw. This is where 5 white balls numbered 1-59 and an additional power ball (labeled 1 to 35) are selected randomly. Players win the jackpot through matching, in any order all the five numbers which are picked from the first group of balls and the Powerball which is drawn from the second set. The players also win prizes ranging between $4 and up to $1 million by making the correct matching of the non-jackpot winning combinations. When you add Power Play to your purchase and then match the non-jackpot combination, you stand a chance to increase your winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. This real depends on the multiplier number for a particular draw.

Winning Odds of a Powerball Prize

The odds that you will win a prize in Powerball are 1 in 31.85 and that of winning a jackpot is 1 in 175,711,536

How much can be won with Power Play?

You can win $2 million for a match 5. The rest of the prizes (non-jackpot) are increased by a multiplier ranging between 2 and 5. These numbers are selected immediately before the making the draw. The $2 million prize in match 5 Power Play is paid in cash because it’s a one time cash prize after deducting the applicable taxes for the state. After winning the prizes and the jackpots, you can claim them from the state lottery where you participated. You do not have to go to the MUSL headquarters in Des Moines in Iowa. Basically, all the claims must be made in the state where the ticket was solid.

Does the Powerball Jackpot have a cash option?

Yes. The jackpot winners can decide to receive their winnings either as a one-time Cash Option or annuity payments. All the jackpot prizes must be claimed within a period of 60 days or two months after the winning date in order to receive the cash option. On the other hand the annuity prize will be paid in thirty yearly payments. This annuity prize is calculated by multiplying the MUSL annuity by the winner’s Grand Prize pool share. The total prize value is reached after a highly competitive bid of pre-approved and qualified brokers.

How long does it take to receive the Powerball jackpot prize payments?

MUSL requires that they be given two weeks in order to receive the funds through wire transfer. These funds are received from all the 46 members under Powerball. This means that the earliest the prizes can be received is on the 15th day after a draw winning has been announced. What happens in case a Powerball Jackpot winner dies before collecting all payments?

When a winner dies before receiving all the payments, the Powerball annuity prize will be channeled to the winner’s estate. The heirs will continue receiving annual prize payments. The winner’s estate may also decide to cash out the annuity.

What you should know about Powerball

A player is required to select five numbers from a pool of 59 numbers. The 1PB number is selected from a pool of 35 numbers in order to play Powerball. The five white and the red Powerball must match in order to hit the jackpot. Otherwise, you will win every time you match the Powerball.

How to Play Powerball with us

It is very simple and straightforward to play Powerball with us. It is as simple as clicking on the PLAY button. The Next Draw will simply require you to choose lucky numbers and then complete your order as required. This will be followed by payment details. There are two main ways of choosing the lucky numbers. The lottery system picks the lucky numbers randomly. The process is manually done. Alternatively, you can make the monthly subscriptions on the payments page.

Powerball schedule of locations and draws

All the schedules are scheduled to take place twice every week on Saturdays and Wednesdays at exactly 23:00. All the six draws are prerecorded and the rest are all post-test draws. All these results are never considered official until they are audited by the Harvey, Covington & Thomas, LLC accounting firm.

The History of Powerball Jackpot

Powerball jackpot history is one of the largest jackpots in terms of cash and annuity values. The jackpots are paid in 29 installments. The government imposes a tax of 36% in lump sum. In 1995, Powerball drawing was broadcast live from the state of Atlanta. This was in celebration of their first draw.

In 2001, the cash record was broken when a draw of $165,803,324 was made. This was higher compared to a $161,496,959 that was drawn in June 1998.

Powerball Picking strategies

The quick pick system is used in between 70-80% lottery purchases at Powerball. The Powerball winnings are also selected by the computer randomly. This amounts to 70-80 per cent of the winning combinations. Players’ personal slants are prevented by the quick pick option. The winning numbers are always chosen randomly a case that causes an excitement of the “unknown.” When filling out entry forms saves time and this is one of the minor advantages this game. This helps when the players is needed to fill more than three cards. The need to circle more over 24 circles for every purchase is completely eliminated.

Another alternative is to do the selection manually in order to do away with the chances of making errors in selection process. It can be easier for you to look at the frequency table to get a clue on the most picked numbers and make your choice from there.

Powerball Statistics

The following are the numbers most commonly drawn numbers in the Powerball lottery: 16, 22, 26, 35, 41 and 42. In the Powerball category, players mostly pick number 6 and 20. The most picked main balls are those that are situated to the furthest corners of the spectrum. These are 54, 55, 56, 57 and 58. This trend is also repeated for the Powerball which are in most cases number 44 and 45.

The highest amount won in a jackpot is $600 million. This draw was made on 18th May, 2013. The lowest draw was done on 12th June, 2002 and it was valued at $10 million and the average draw is $123.56 million. Out of the 1304 draws since 8th June, 2002, only 157 hits have been made.

The following table shows all the statistics for all jackpots valued over $100 million since 2002.

Powerball Winning Story

Lisa Quam

On July 19, 2014 a success story was reported on The winner was Lisa Quam from Washington. Lisa is an Auburn woman who stepped forward to claim a $90 million Powerball jackpot. This for her was the first Powerball purchase and at the same time it was Washington’s very first Powerball jackpot win.

Lisa shared her story during thanks giving day when she took a break from her cooking at the Haggen Northwest Fresh situated on 1406 Lake Tapps Parkway E. Lisa played the Powerball game when she accompanied her husband to pick spices and the Black Friday newspaper that carries ads. While in the checkout pointed Lisa and her husband started debating whether they will buy some lottery tickets for their kids. They thought this was a great way to tuck in their Christmas stockings. Lisa bought two Powerball tickets even though they decided against the stocking stuffers. The two tickers were one for herself and the remaining for her husband.

Lisa reported that she had never bought the Powerball tickets before. Her decision was influenced by the cashier when she asked her whether she wanted to buy the Powerball tickets.

Lisa and her husband returned home and then posted the Powerball tickets on the refrigerator. Lisa checked on the number on a Sunday night and found that she had won. She yelled to her family to join her in celebration. At first they all thought that she was mad at something. Her daughter asked whether this was an emergency and she said yes.

Lisa was unable to sleep that night. Despite that eventuality, she woke up the following day and headed to work as usual. As a family they have been thinking about it and they have decided to retire. She said that it took her a few days to realize that she does not need to get up every morning for work.

Lisa puts her family a head of all her plans. She plans to clear student loans. Just like most families they have repairs to make and loans to pay. They also may decide to buy a house for one of their kids. She also added that she had identified a Subaru Forester that she will buy so that she can travel more frequently.

Lisa has been a Washington’s Lottery Scratch player for a long time. This win is the first major win in her life. Lisa and her family are yet to decide whether to choose the annuity made up of 30 payments or the cash option where she will receive $56,818,182.

Claiming Prizes

In order to participate in Powerball lottery one must be aged 18 years and above in most jurisdictions except in Nebraska, where one must be 19 years and in Louisiana, Arizona and Iowa one must attain the age 21.

In most cases, Powerball players are not required by regulations to choose between cash and annuity options. This only happens when you win a jackpot. The winners are given 60 days to decide whether they will take the cash or annuity option. There are a few exceptions such as that of Idaho where players are given just 30 days to make the decision. In Texas and New Jersey, the choice between cash and annuity is made during the play. It is also important to note that in New Jersey, the annuity option can be converted to cash after winning the lottery. The case is different in Texas because the choice you make is binding. This regulation was done a way with at the start of 1999.

All the winning in the following states are subject to Federal income tax: South Dakota, California, District of Columbia and Delaware. There some states which do not levy income tax. These are: Washington, South Dakota, Florida and Texas. Elsewhere, in New Hampshire and Tennessee tax is imposed only on dividends and interest.

Non-jackpot Prizes

These prizes are handled by the participating lotteries. This is why all the ticket sales not meant for jackpots are retained by the state lotteries. This revenue is never shared with other lotteries. The state lotteries are responsible for make payments for secondary prizes for tickets bought within their jurisdictions.

Powerball in Europe

As noted earlier, lottery wins are taxed in the United States. This is not the case in Europe. All winnings are tax-free and are paid in lump sum.

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