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April of 1992 was the start of something very wonderful indeed. What I am talking about of course is the US PowerBall Lotto. Powerball as we currently know it was founded in April of 1992 and has since then provided endless entertainment and has even made some people very very rich.

PowerBall in a slightly different form to what we know it as today actually started quite a bit before 1992. In fact it was all the way back in 1978 that it really started. Back then it was known as the Lotto America. The Lotto America then changed its name to PowerBall in April 1992 and has been providing thrills ever since.

The PowerBall game is simple. Buy a ticket by chooseing five “white ball” numbers between 1 and 59 and a single “red ball” number which will be from a selection between 1 and 35. Once you have done this you wait patiently for 10.59pm Eastern Time every Wednesday and Saturday. It is at this time, at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida that the numbers are drawn.

This is where the white and red balls come into play. There are two drums filled with balls that get used during the draw. One drum is filled with white balls and the other filled with red ones. The white balls are all numbered between 1 and 59 with the red numbered between 1 and 35. If you manage to match all of your white balls plus your red ball to the numbers drawn then you will now be the world’s newest millionaire!

The jackpots for the PowerBall are what really attract people to it in the first place. The jackpots can reach truly breath taking figures. The largest jackpot that has ever been given away to date was in Jan 13th 2016 when a succession of many rollovers resulted in the jackpot growing to a mind boggling figure of $1,586 million. Yes, that is a jackpot of over a billion dollars, in a single draw!

Of course you don’t have to match all the numbers are can win small amounts for matching even only one white number plus the red number. There is also another option you can choose to play which acts as a multiplier on any winnings not including the jackpot. This option is called the Power Play and will increase you winnings on all non-jackpot wins.

PowerBall is one of the most exciting Lotteries in the world and certainly one that you should be playing if you want to get involved in some worldwide lottos.

Powerball Prize breakdown and winning odds

Numbers MatchedPrize*Odds of winning
5 + PBJackpot!1 : 175,223,510.00
5$1,000,0001 : 5,153,632.65
4 + PB$10,0001 : 648,975.96
4$1001 : 19,087.53
3 + PB$1001 : 12,244.83
3$71 : 360.14
2 + PB$71 : 706.43
1 + PB$41 : 110.81
PB$41 : 55.41