USA - PowerBall Information

Official USA PowerBall

US$ 134,000,000
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Powerball is an American lottery game sold by 45 lotteries as a shared jackpot game. The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which is a non-profit organization that is formed by an agreement with lotteries is the one that organizes the Powerball. Its minimum advertised jackpot is USD 40 million which can be as big as a nine-figure prize.
Hosted In

USA
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Dist. of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode IslandSouth Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Schedule
Guess Range (on all info pages)
Jackpot Type
Tax Requirements
Wednesday 23:00
Saturday 23:00
5/69 + PowerBall 1/26
29 Annual installments
Cash Value: About 50%
About 36.00%
Prize Breakdown
Lottery Starts From: US$ 40,000,000
Jackpot
1:292,201,338
5+1PB
1,000,000
1:11,688,054
5
50,000
1:913,130
4+1PB
100
1:36,526
4
100
1:14,495
3+1PB
7
1:580
3
7
1:702
2+1PB
4
1:92
1+1PB
4
1:39
1PB
*The overall odds of winning any prize in the game are approximately 1 in 24.9.

About the USA - PowerBall lottery

The US Powerball is held in the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, U.S., USA. Florida Lottery’s high-tech studio in Tallahassee is where the drawings are usually held. To promote the game's expansion to a new jurisdiction, some drawings were held away from it.


Background and History of Powerball


Powerball was the first game ever to use two drums. This means that the game has more manipulation which allows high jackpot odds, and more numerous prize levels. Oregon Lottery’s Steve Caputo was the one who suggested the two-drum concept. Other games that use the two-drum concept are Mega Millions, Australia’s Powerball, UK’s Thunderball, and Euro Millions. It was until 2008 where Powerball’s drawings were held at Screenscape Studios Iowa. Mike Pace, the local’s radio personality, was the one who hosted the drawings. He also hosted MUSL drawings since the beginning of American Lotto on 1988. It was in 1996 when Powerball went on air for the first time. It held five remote drawings at Atlanta Summer Olympics. However, weeks later, the Georgia Lottery made an announcement to leave Powerball, making it the first and only withdrawal in the lottery’s history. A few months after it joined Mega Millions (formerly The Big Game) and other major lotteries. However, Georgia was taken out of MUSL and was only allowed to go back four years later when the Powerball was doing a cross-expansion.


How to play the Powerball?


The player needs to select 5 numbers from a pool of 69 numbers 1PB number from a pool of 26 numbers to play Powerball. To win the jackpot, the player needs to match all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball. You win any time you match the Powerball.


How to play Powerball with Icelotto?


It is easy and simple to play Powerball with Icelotto. All you need to do is to click PLAY on Powerball NEXT DRAW. Then you simply need to choose your lucky numbers and to complete your order by entering your payment details. There are two different ways in choosing your lucky numbers: Quick Pick where the system randomly selects your lucky numbers or you can manually select your lucky numbers. You have the option to choose to make a monthly subscription on the payment page.


Powerball schedule of draws and location:


The draws are scheduled twice a week, on Wednesdays at 23:00, and on Saturdays at 23:00. There are six draw that are prerecorded; four of which are test drawing while the rest are post-test draws. The results are not considered official until it has been audited by the Harvey, Covington & Thomas, LLC accounting firm.


Drawings are usually held in Florida’s Lottery high-tech studio in Tallahassee, but there are also instances when it is held elsewhere for the purpose of expanding the game’s jurisdiction.


Powerball Jackpot History

The largest jackpots (annuity and cash values) in the game's history were during the November 28, 2012 draw. Jackpot Type- Jackpot paid in 29 annual installments (tax rate of 36.00%) or in lump sum (tax rate of approximately 50%). The jackpot was USD587,500,000 annuity, or USD384,700,000 cash value. Two tickets (one each from Missouri and Arizona) are eligible for a jackpot share.


Another record set by Powerball for largest lottery prize on one ticket was back in August 15, 2012. The jackpot was USD 337,000,000 annuity, USD 223,700,000 cash value. The ticket was bought in Michigan.


Picking strategies in Powerball


Statistically, 70%-80% of the lottery purchases at Powerball are done through the quick pick system. Furthermore, it has been noted that 70-80% of the Powerball winning combinations are selected by the computer randomly. The quick pick option also provides opportunity for players to avoid personal slants in choosing their numbers. The numbers are randomly chosen, thereby creating an excitement of the "unknown". Another minor advantage of this option is that it saves time when filling out entry forms. It is especially useful when the player needs to fill out more than three cards. It eliminates the arduous task of encircling more than 24 circles every time you buy.


Manual selection is a viable option too because the player can eliminate the chance of getting bad combinations. You can simply look at the frequency table of the commonly picked numbers and choose from there.


Powerball Results Statistics


The most commonly drawn main numbers in this lottery are as follows: 26, 22, 41, 35, 42, and 16. Meanwhile 6 and 20 are the ones commonly picked for the Powerball category.


The least often picked numbers for the main balls are those that are on the farther end of the spectrum namely 57, 58, 56, 59, 54, and 55. The same trend is shown for the least often picked numbers for the two Powerballs like 45 and 44.


A PowerBall Winning Story:


Florida woman scoops $590.5 million in US lotto with a single lottery ticket.
One lucky young woman in a suburban Florida town woke up yesterday to find herself richer than some of the most popular celebrities Simon Cowell, Elton John and Posh and Becks. A single Powerball lottery ticket landed the 26-year-old with an instant fortune of $590.5 million in a two-month rollover draw across 43 American states. If she bought her ticket alone she will be the biggest personal lottery winner in American history, beating incredible odds of one in 175 million. But if no one had won Saturday night’s $590.5 million jackpot, the prize would have rolled over again to an astonishing one billion dollars.


The lucky ticket was sold in a branch of the Publix supermarket chain in Zephyr¬hills, a small town signposted off the highway between Orlando and Tampa with a population of 10,000. The unnamed winner is believed to have come forward yesterday and now has 60 days to decide whether she wants to take the incredible windfall in one go or in 30 annual installments of about $21 million each. She will have to be named because lottery jackpots are a matter of public record in Florida and the US taxman will pick up around a quarter of the cash. Organizers say the final total could end up slightly higher or lower depending on final sales reports from across America. But the fortune still makes the winner twice as wealthy as Brand Beckham (valued at $310 million) and better off than both Simon Cowell (valued at $367 million) and Elton John (valued at $359 million).