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How Powerball Results and Numbers are Drawn

powerball numbersInitially dubbed as the “little sister” of Mega Millions, the Powerball has now become one of the most popular lottery games on the planet! The Powerball offers the biggest lottery jackpots anywhere in the world and everone from any country has a chance to hit the big time due to the changes made in January 2012. In fact, shortly after these changes were implemented, almost one in two Powerball draw jackpots have been more than a hundred million dollars!


Changes Made to Powerball

Changes made to Powerball during 2015 has led to even more massive jackpots. To add to that, the starting jackpot alone for the Powerball has been raised to $40 million, making it perhaps the most exciting and most lucrative lottery ever. The changes include the addition of 10 more Powerball numbers to the selection, thus having a total of 69 balls. At the same time, the pool has been decreased to 26 from the previous 35. It simply means that while the odds of winning the jackpot were raised to 1 in 292 million, the odds for winning lower prize tiers were lowered to 1 in 24.87. The first ever draw which implemented the changes occurred in the 7th of October, and has seen a $50,000 increase in the third prize tier.

The initial jackpot has been increased in 2012, and in addition a $1 million prize is been offered to any players who can match just five of their numbers correctly. The high prize tiers aren’t the only ones that have been affected by the changes, since even the minimum prize has been increased to $4 as well.


How the Powerball Numbers are Drawn

The Powerball winning numbers are drawn in a single location. When players play Powerball, they can choose to pick their own numbers, or have the system randomly generate a number combination for them through a Quick Pick. The odds of you winning the jackpot in the Powerball are around 1 in 175,223,510.00 Moreover, the odds of winning any prize are 1 in 31.85. Regardless of where you buy your tickets, the odds of winning will remain the same.

The Powerball has high standards when it comes to safety and regulation. All of the machines and several sets of balls are secured in a vault and will require the presence of four people in order to open. Each set of balls will be picked randomly for a particular draw and the details are kept secret before the draw. To ensure that the machines are fully functional and can’t be tampered in any way, regular testing and monitoring are conducted on a regular basis. Draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 10:59 pm Eastern Time. 

Since 2015, the game has used a 5/69 matrix for the main number, and a 1/26 matrix for the Powerball. Each play will cost you $2, or $3 if you choose the Power Play option. powerball results historyInitially, each Powerball play will cost you $1, but with the introduction of Power Play, it has increased to $2. Ticket sales are officially cut off every 10:00 pm Eastern Time, although some lotteries might have an earlier cut off. Back in January 2016, Powerball has given away the largest lottery jackpot in the history of lottery games. Approximately $1.586 billion were split between three tickets which are sold in Tennessee, California, and Florida.

Keep in mind that the place where you bought your ticket won’t affect your odds of winning. Every lottery ticket in each lottery draw will have the same odds of winning regardless of where it’s purchased. The only requirement for winning the big jackpot is to correctly match all 6 numbers.


Facts about the Powerball

Powerball has been active since 1992, right after the rebranding of Lotto America. The first ever draw was on April 22, 1992. A few years later, the Powerball has experienced massive growth and expansion and is now made available throughout 47 states in the US with a guaranteed minimum jackpot of $40 million. The draws are held every Wednesday and Saturdays at 10:59 in the evening. To determine the Powerball results, five Powerball winning numbers will be drawn along with the Powerball for the jackpot. 

One funny story in the Powerball results history happened way back on March 2005 when approximately 110 players were able to match 5 of the 6 Powerball winning numbers. The lottery officials, who’ve grown much more suspicious since then, had to pay out nearly $20 million in lump sums! Later on, they discovered that Wonton Food's fortune cookies had printed a fortune that simply consisted of  six random numbers and these were sold all across America. It turns out that 5 of these 6 numbers were indeed lucky as they were an exact match for 5 of the winning Powerball numbers! Lucky for Powerball that the 6th number wasn't an exact match as well (the fortune cookies' 6th number was 40 instead of 42) or they wouldv'e had 110 JACKPOT winners to compensate with 10s of millions of dollars each!


The Powerball lottery is one of US’ top lottery games. If you want another chance to play your luck and win the game, buy your tickets online now!