There are many Powerball lotteries operated around the world (you can find information about most of them on this website) but this article is dedicated to the American Powerball lottery, sometimes referred to as USA Powerball. You could say this one is the mother of them all with regard to the size of jackpots generated and popularity worldwide.
This gigantic and hugely popular lottery is currently sold through various lotteries in 44 US states as a shared jackpot game. The Power Ball jackpot starts at $20 million and if it is not won, it rolls over the next draw. This has lead to some truly exciting Powerball jackpot draws, including the largest prize pot being awarded for a single set of lottery numbers, when one ticket won a $365 million jackpot prize!
The roots of USA Powerball go back to 1988 when its predecessor Lotto America was launched but the Powerball monicker was adapted on April 19th 1992 and from then on this popular lottery has grown from strength to strength. Not only is it played in 44 American states, lottery players around the world buy Powerball tickets online and contribute to building up the legendary jackpot prizes.
Powerball draws take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the time of the draw is 10.59 pm Eastern time and it usually takes place at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. To play Powerball you choose 5 numbers out of a pot of 59 balls (white balls) and add to that 1 Powerball, these are drawn from a matrix of 39.
Match all six numbers and you have hit the Power ball winning numbers and basically won a ton of money! It is worth noting that even if you don’t hit the jackpot, lower tier Powerball lottery prizes can add up to quite an amount – especially if you add the Power Play multiplier.