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Powerball Background and History

One of the most popular and successful lottery games is certainly the American Powerball. With many possibilities of wining and enormous jackpot prizes, this is a game that can literally alter your life.

It all started in April 1992, when the first drawing of American Powerball took place, replacing Lotto America. This came with such success that today it’s being held in 47 US states and counting.

Although the rules changed during the course of years, they changed only for the better:  each Powerball jackpot guarantees a minimum of $40 Million.

One of the most significant changes was in October 2015, when it expanded the main ball pool, and reduced the pool for the Powerball in order to generate larger jackpots. This helped the game climb its way to the top of the biggest lotteries with the largest jackpot prizes in history.

Thanks to the technology age we live in, you can buy Powerball tickets from almost any country in the world and potentially become a lottery millionaire. It’s worth mentioning that the Powerball is responsible for seven of the top ten biggest jackpots in history.

One strange but entertaining occurrence in the history of this lottery was in March 2005 when 110 players matched all five winning numbers, without the Powerball (22, 28, 32, 33 and 39). Powerball officials, suspicious and astounded, paid out nearly $20 million to the winners. The mystery of the odds defying coincidence was solved when it was discovered that a biscuit company from New York called “Wonton Food” unknowingly printed the 5 numbers in their fortune cookies before the draw.

 

How to play Powerball

Playing the Powerball is very simple. All you need to do is pick the 5 main numbers from 1 to 69, and the one Powerball number from a range of 1 to 26 to win the large jackpot.

Even if you select less numbers, the game is quite generous, with eight different prize tiers, so everyone can come out a winner.

If you’re feeling lucky and would rather let fate do its thing, you can opt to choose the QuickRandom Play, where the numbers are automatically selected for you. In fact, two of the three largest jackpots ever won have had the numbers selected with QuickRandom.

Feeling extra lucky? By adding a Power Play option, you can multiply all your winning by 2, 3, 4, 5, even 10 times. This however does not apply to the top two prize tiers.

The Powerball drawings are held in the US every Wednesday and Saturday at 23:00 EST. And if you’re one of the lucky winners? Prizes can be claimed within 180 days from the draw date.

 

Winning tiers

Winning the jackpot is the dream, but this game offers many more opportunities for sky high prizes and multiplies your odds of cashing out your ticket. Let’s see the odds and wining tiers where you have a 1 in 24.87 overall chances of winning any Powerball prize.

TIERS MATCH ODDS OF WINNING
Tier 1 5 + Powerball 1:292,201,338
Tier 2 5 1:11,688,053
Tier 3 4 + Powerball 1:913,129
Tier 4 4 1:36,525
Tier 5 3 + PowerBall 1:14,494
Tier 6 3 1:579
Tier 7 1 + PowerBall 1:91
Tier 8 PowerBall 1:38

In October 2015 the Power Play game was modified to incorporate a 10x multiplier factor for when the jackpot was value $150 million or less.

The odds of each Power Play ball being drawn with a 10x multiplier are below:

POWER PLAY BALL ODDS
10x 1:43
5x 1:21
4x 1:14
3x 1:3
2x 1:1.79

Here is the probability on each Power Play ball being drawn for jackpots exceeding $150 Million:

POWER PLAY BALL ODDS
5x 1:21
4x 1:14
3x 1:3.23
2x 1:1.7

Top 3 biggest jackpots won

Although it seems unlikely, stories of success in this game of fortune are infinite, so we decided to share some of them with you. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to write about you one day.

January 13, 2016 was the day when three lucky people got to win the largest lottery prize in history. This was an unbelievable 1.58 billion dollars. The odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 292 million and the winning numbers were 08, 27, 34, 04 and 19, while the drawn Powerball was 10. State lottery officials announced that the winners bought their lucky tickets in Melbourne Beach, Florida; Munford, Tennessee; and in Chino Hills, California,

A very lucky lady from Zephyrhills, bought her ticket for only 2$ not even dreaming that she will become the largest sole jackpot winner in US lottery history. This happened on May 18, 2013, when she won 590.5 million dollars. She bought her Powerball Ticket at a Publix grocery store using the Quick Pick option. Her lucky numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball number 11. And the odds of winning were an astonishing 1 in 175 million.

The grand prize won by this Zephyrhills player on the May 18th drawing had accumulated over two months, and surpassed the previous record Powerball payout of $587.5 million set in November 2012. One of the winners of that enormous sum was a married couple going through the shock of realizing that their Powerball numbers 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and Powerball 6 were drawn that evening. Interesting fact is that again the winner chose the Quick Pick option when buying the winning ticket.

Top 5 most common Powerball numbers 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
26 16 41 22 32

Top 5 least common Powerball numbers 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
65 60 66 67 63

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