The US Powerball lottery game – which ranks among the most widely-played and popular games, not only in the United States but globally – is a shared jackpot game which has become world-famous for its impressive minimum jackpot of $40 million. This jackpot is also renowned for having a reputation of being able to give off massive nine-figure prize wins.
In order to compete for the jackpot prize, US Powerball participants are required to match five numbers from a selection of 59 (known as the “white balls”), as well as one number from a possible 35 (which are the red bonus “Powerballs”). These numbers are drawn from two lottery draw machines, which is reminiscent of the Mega Millions and EuroMillions games. If the game participant manages to match up all six numbers that have been drawn (five white balls plus one red bonus ball), they will win the top prize jackpot. Second tier division winners can expect pay outs of $1 million for matching up five numbers only, with no bonus ball.
With odds of 1 in 175,223,510 of walking away with a full jackpot win in the US Powerball lottery game, it’s little wonder then that it’s referred to as one of the largest and most challenging jackpot games in the world today. Cracking that jackpot may be a few steps away from “highly unlikely”, but we cannot dispute the fact that the US Powerball has the enviable ability to make you fabulously wealthy beyond your wildest imagination. As further testament to this, the US Powerball lotto has the distinguished honour of having the highest jackpot prize in the world ever won by a single ticket – an unbelievable $590.5 million was awarded to an extremely fortuitous ticket holder in May 2013.
Powerball lottery draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 22h59 Eastern Time and are broadcast live from Florida. There are nine prize tiers in the US Powerball lottery, with approximate prizes ranging from $4 – $1,000,000. In addition to these prize tiers, participants also have the option of utilizing the Power Play feature in the game – which could effectively quadruple their current winnings.