What is Powerball lottery?
Powerball is an American lottery game, offered in most of the states of America. Launched in 1992, Powerball lotto was the first ever lottery game to use two drums to draw numbers from. By using two drums Powerball offers more manipulation, high jackpot odds, and various prize levels with low overall winning odds at the same time. The minimum Jackpot advertised for Powerball is $40 million. This means that if the jackpot is won the jackpot for the next draw will be minimum $40 million. So if for some reason the cash in the jackpot pool is lower due to the fall in sales of ticket, the member states or region of Powerball must contribute to cover the shortage in jackpot. A non-profit organization, MUSL (Multi State Lottery Association), which was formed by an agreement with US lotteries coordinates Powerball. Along with 44 US states taking part, it is also offered in the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The lottery is drawn on Wednesday and Saturday every week at 10:59 eastern time in the evening.
Players can activate the Power Play option by spending an additional $1. The power play option multiplies the winning of $50,000 or less by 5 times or 10 times if the jackpot is under $150m. Drawn separately from the 6 regular number, power play would double the prize for matching 5 white ball numbers automatically to $2 million.
How to play the USA Lotto Powerball?
Each game play of it normally costs $2 per play. Just register through our website and you are ready to play without any hassle of going to the lottery store or waiting in a queue. The players will have to choose 6 numbers of their choice. Out of which 5 are to be chosen from a set of 69 white balls and one (which can be the same then any of the 5 white ball number selected) has to be selected from 26 red balls. Or players can just select the option of Easy Pick or Quick Pick. (This will automatically choose random numbers for the play.) If the player has managed to match all the six winning number drawn, 5 white ball and 1 red ball numbers, he/she would win the Jackpot. Players can play up to 8 draws in advance and can select up to 5 lines of numbers on one play slip. You can also choose to play for draws occurring on Wednesday only or Saturday only or for both. On our website players can select the direct debit option to play continuously for many weeks.
Options to claim your winnings
Jackpot winner can grab their prize in Cash or Annuity.
- Annuity Option: The winner would be paid only in 30 instalments graduated yearly. The annuity payment increases 5% every year than previous year.
- Cash option: The winning will be paid in two instalments, one from the winning jurisdiction or member state, then from the combined funds from other member states or region.
The player must claim their winning from the jurisdiction where they purchased the ticket regardless of where they live. The payment option have to be chosen only by the jackpot winner and needs to be chosen in 60 days of winning.
Although there are not adverse effects of playing Powerball or any other Lottery game, there would be certain players who easily get addicted of any sort of gambling which is very harmful. Gambling addiction can also be treated like any other addiction. The Multi-State Lottery Association, all the member states and regions of Powerball entourage players to play responsibly via working with groups like Gamblers Anonymous in order to combat gambling addiction.
Player does not need to be a U.S. citizen or resident to play Powerball. Players from outside the U.S. can purchase Powerball tickets from a licensed retailer or online.