The Powerball is one of the biggest jackpots in the world, sometimes reaching over $300 million in the US. Crowds of people all over the world, rush to get tickets and try their luck every week. The Powerball has made some people very wealthy over the years, and you could be next.
Buy Powerball tickets online
Anybody can enter the Powerball lottery, as long as they are over the age of 18. The tickets are sold on various websites, costing $2 per play. International players can get their tickets through accredited concierge services who buy the tickets on their behalf.
As you would with a normal lottery ticket, you will select 6 numbers. 5 Numbers are selected from 1-59 and the additional number is selected from 1-35. If you have matched 6 numbers with the winning lottery numbers, you will have won the jackpot. Participants can expect a 1 in 32 chance of winning a sum of money. It may not be the jackpot, but you can certainly win a smaller amount.
How to win the Powerball
There have been many theories surrounding the secret of winning the jackpot. We have some tips to assist you in your next play.
- Wait until the jackpot hits $350 million. According to some, the chance of winning the jackpot is 1 in 175 million with tickets costing $2 each. Therefore, they suggest that statistically, the jackpot will pay more than $1 for each $1 played.
- Don’t play the numbers that everybody else is playing. Most people will automatically select their birthday as a number, but think of how many people are doing the same exact thing and sticking to numbers below 31. Statistically, players usually select the number 1 and rarely pick number 46.
- Always vary your numbers. Selecting the same numbers every time does not guarantee that one day you will win with those numbers.
- If you win, take the annuity. Taking the lump sum, means that you will actually lose out on some of the money while annuity payments pay out all of the money, just in smaller increments over 29 years.
When is the next Powerball drawing?
Powerball runs twice every week, on a Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. This will differ in each state and country.
How to collect winnings
If you reside in the U.S and you have won less than $599, you will be able to collect your winnings from an authorized lottery sales agent. If you have won more than this amount, you will need to send through an application form to the state’s lottery commission. Always be aware, that your ticket will be validated first and that you must apply for your winnings in the state in which you purchased the ticket. You must claim your prize within a certain time period which is different in each state.
If you are an international winner, you will have to contact an official to discuss arrangements.
There are many software options available to those serious players out there. Download the Powerball app to your phone and you can play from anywhere, at any time. You can also get the latest news and results from the draws, a feature that most users love.
Powerball software is also available on Softonic, where most of the applications use algorithms to work out statistics on each draw, guaranteeing better results.
The Powerball has managed to produce a lot of very lucky millionaires. Most notably, is the largest jackpot winner, Gloria Mackenzie. This 84-year old won her $590.5 million in May 2013, becoming one of the biggest winners in the history of the Powerball or any other jackpot for that matter.
In November 2012, the Powerball hit $587.5 million. Split between 3 people, these winners are laughing all the way to the bank.
A heart-warming story surrounded the $448.4 million won in August 2013. Split between 3 groups of winners, the most deserving of this crowd were the 16 people who pooled their tickets after losing everything to Hurricane Katrina. Dubbed the “Ocean’s 16” as they worked for the Ocean County vehicle maintenance facility, the group split $86 million, or one third of the jackpot’s cash-option value.