The Powerball was launched in 1992 as a replacement of the Lotto America and is played in all states in the US except eight of them, including the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. It uses two drums when drawing winners whereby one of the drums is for the five white balls, and the other is for the red ball. The red ball is where the lottery gets its name Powerball.
The draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 PM Central Time held at the Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The winning numbers are then announced on the television, in newspapers, and on the Powerball Lottery sites among other online sites. For the jackpot winners, they should have matched all the five white balls plus the one red ball called the Powerball. It is not a given that the Jackpot will be won during every draw.
How much do you need to play the Powerball?
The basic cards to enter into the game go for $2 each. With an additional dollar, you get the PowerPlay option. This increases the prize you will get should you get only one of the one white ball correctly. Also, the $1 million award for getting all the five while balls matched correctly doubles to $2 million under the PowerPlay option. What is not affected is the jackpot amount which stays the same whether you bought the PowerPlay option or not.
Should the numbers you pick be in a given order to win?
So what if the draw is done and the numbers that win the jackpot is in the order 21 1 7 16 3 (8), and yours was in the order 3 7 1 16 21 and the Powerball 8; will you win the jackpot? The answer is yes. The order of your numbers has nothing to do with winning. The point is to have the correct red Powerball to win. So whatever the order of the numbers you pick, provided the red ball is the winning one, you become a winner of the jackpot.
The Powerball Multi-Draw Option
This option allows one to play the same selected numbers on 26 consecutive draws at the same time. This, therefore, comes in handy to make sure that you don’t miss any drawing done on the lotto Powerball. The other feature that you can select on your Powerball ticket is the Future Drawing. This allows you to play on a specified date(s). Many people choose to play on future dates when they feel luckier on specific dates like birthdays and anniversaries. If this is the case for you too, the Future Drawing is for you.
How to know if you have won
The only way you can be sure that you have won the Powerball lottery is if you check your number selection against the one drawn for the win. The winning numbers will be announced on television, printed in newspapers and posted on the Powerball site online. Do not believe anyone who calls you telling you that you won. They are probably lottery scammers. The latest Jackpot winner was Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts who won $480,500,936.39 cash.