US Powerball Lottery Game
Next Game: Sunday 26th May 2019
£244 Million Jackpot
Winning Numbers from 23/05/2019 03:00
What is the US Powerball Lottery?
The US Powerball lottery draw takes place in the early hours of the morning UK time on Thursdays and Sundays. The minimum jackpot for the game is £30,000,000, but the top prize regularly exceeds £100,000,000.
Did you know that you can play the US Powerball lottery game from the UK? You can purchase lines for the draw from the sites listed on this page.
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More About the US Powerball Lottery Game
US Powerball Lottery is one of the biggest lottery draws anywhere in the world, with ticket outlets operating in 44 of the states of America and also Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The success of US Powerball has resonated around the world. Not only has it inspired similar lotteries on this side of the pond (i.e. Euromillions and Thunderball) there are also other lotteries with the same name in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All inspired by US Powerball – though none can hold candle to US Powerball’s enormous jackpots.
The current format of US Powerball, which was re-vamped in 2015, involves an initial draw of five white coloured balls picked out of a drum with 69 in total. This makes up the main draw in the US Powerball lottery game.
Next, a further ball is drawn. The final one, or Powerball, is red in colour and is picked from a drum of 69 different balls.
In order to win the biggest prize of all, the full jackpot, a player must match all five of the white balls, and the red Powerball. The odds of matching all 6 are a massive 292,201,338 to 1!
However, there are, of course, smaller prizes to be won for matching just 1 number and the Powerball (odds of 92 to 1), 2 numbers plus the Powerball (odds of 701 to 1), 3 numbers (odds of 579 to 1), 3 numbers plus the Powerball (14,494 to 1), 4 numbers (36,52 to 1), 4 numbers plus the Powerball (913,129 to 1), 5 numbers (11,688,053 to 1) and 5 numbers plus the Powerball (292,201,338 to 1).
Finally, there is a small prize of $4 for matching just the Powerball itself, at odds of 55 to 1.
In the States each line in the US Powerball Lottery game will cost you $2.
Overall US Powerball gives you odds of 25:1 of winning a prize, split across a total of nine prize tiers. While those famous American jackpots may seem massive, with Powerball the second or third prize tiers can often eclipse the jackpots we’re used to seeing on this side of the Atlantic.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. It is also possible to add a further level of excitement to the game by paying a little extra. Should you wish you can pay an extra $1, and in so doing, activate what is called the Powerplay.
Powerplay adds multipliers to non-jackpot prizes. The value of the multiplier varies from one draw to the next. Originally going up to 5x, a new 10x multiplier was introduced in November 2015. So, for example, if the second tier prize is $2.5 million and you won it, with the 10x Powerplay multiplier in effect, you’d win $25 million!
Again, it’s important to stress that the Powerplay option does not work on the jackpot. Though players on this side of the Atlantic do have a way to multiply jackpot wins by visiting Lottoland, the site featured in the link above. As they don’t deal in tickets, but are instead a lottery betting site, Lottoland regularly offer inflated US Powerball jackpots. Their famous Double Jackpot feature, meanwhile, takes any available jackpot and doubles it automatically. With Powerball this lends the possibility of jackpots measured in billions rather than millions!
In 2015, US Powerball underwent a major overhaul adding a new 10x multiplier to the Powerplay feature. The changes also considerably increased the jackpot odds but, in doing this, also allowed for more rollovers, and so, bigger jackpots than ever before.
Within two months the lottery delivered on its promise – in epic style!
January 2016 saw US Powerball break the record for the biggest lottery jackpot of all time. Up until then it was rival American lottery Megamillions who held that esteemed record, with a jackpot worth $656 million. In the first weeks of 2016, however, US Powerball exceeded that amount as it became the first ever lottery to offer a jackpot in excess of $1 billion.
On January 13th, 2016, the jackpot, having then risen to a total of a staggering $1,586,000,000, was finally won. The prize was split between three winners, one in Tennessee, one in Florida and one in California.
In addition to the top position, overall, US Powerball holds three out of the top five places and thirteen out of the top twenty biggest jackpots of all time. In terms of sheer jackpot size and record breaking clout only rival Megamillions comes close. But not close enough!
US Powerball’s minimum jackpot size is $40 million, an amount that would be considered quite a large jackpot on this side of the pond, but in the US, where it’s all about trying to be bigger and better, it means the party is only getting started!
The Biggest and Best
We all wish we could win the lottery and they don’t come any bigger than US Powerball. If huge jackpots are your bag then this is the game for you, no doubt about it. After all why settle for anything less than the biggest of all time? Though there’s far more to US Powerball than just the size of its top jackpot – with eight additional prize tiers, plus the chance to multiply their value by up to 10x, and decent any prize odds of 25:1, there are lots of reasons to play US Powerball and plenty of ways to win big.