U.S. - Powerball Lottery Information
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One of the world's biggest lotteries got even bigger in April 2013, as California became a Powerball state! With 9 prize categories and Power Play options that double secondary prizes, lotto fans around the globe are crazy about Powerball! Play the Powerball Lottery online
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U.S. - Powerball Information
The U.S. Powerball lottery has proudly offered some of the largest jackpots in lottery history. The lotto has become a household name and a source of
inspiration for similar Powerball lottery games around the world, such as the New Zealand Powerball and the Australian Powerball.
USA Powerball History
The USA Powerball was originally known as the “Lotto America” when it was started in 1988 by the MUSL (Multi-State Lottery Association).
It has since come to embody the ultimate American lottery experience. In April 1992, the name was changed to the U.S. Powerball and the game’s first
drawing officially took place three days later. The "Power Play" option (which allows players to increase secondary prizes by 2-4 times) was added on 7 th March 2001.
Originally, the U.S. Powerball could only be sold in US states where the Mega Millions lottery was not sold. As a result, until 2009, the USA
Powerball was only sold in 23 states. A compromise was reached to allow states to sell both lotteries, and today the USA Powerball can be found in 44
states. Proceeds from the USA Powerball are shared between the cooperating states, with each state then distributing its fund allocation as it sees fit.
Most states use the lottery proceeds for government funded programs that further educational initiatives or community efforts.
In the US, Powerball tickets can be purchased in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio,
Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and
On the 15th January 2012, the U.S. Powerball updated its prizes and winning odds in honor of its 20th anniversary. One of the most
important changes was the reduction of the Powerball guess range from 39 to 35 balls, allowing more players to win the jackpot and other prizes. Although
Powerball officials doubled ticket prices, they also doubled the starting jackpot amount from $20 million to $40 million. The Power Play was changed to a
fixed multiplier, doubling the second place prize to $2 million and multiplying all other secondary prizes by 2-4 times.
The California Lottery Commission unanimously approved the addition of Powerball to the state’s lottery offerings on November 29th, 2012, following the lottery’s record-breaking $588 million jackpot. California will join the majority of US states that already participate in Powerball to become the lottery’s 43rd member. Powerball’s play format will be familiar to Californians who have been playing Mega Millions for years. Both huge multi-state lotteries require players to select five regular numbers and one additional number to win the jackpot. With the Power Play option, players can double their winnings on secondary prizes including the lottery’s illustrious second prize worth $1 million or $2 million with Power Play. However, Californians should be aware that prizes are paid differently; the California Powerball uses a parimutuel system to determine the size of each prize, such that prize values are not fixed, but depend on sales and the number of winning tickets. Another important difference is that California Powerball does not support the Power Play feature.
USA Powerball Rules
To play the USA Powerball, players select five balls from a guess range of 1-59 and an additional number (Powerball) from a separate number matrix with a
guess range of 1-35. Compare the U.S. Powerball lottery with Powerball lottos from around the world.
Winning the USA Powerball
A winning ticket is called when a ticket matches the five numbers of the regular guess set as well as the Powerball additional number. Wins are taxed at a
rate of 36.00%, and taxes are approximately 50% in the case of a lump sum. The U.S. Powerball’s historic jackpots include: $588 million won by two winning
tickets in November 2012, $365 million shared by eight people in February 2006, $340 million won by a family in December 2002, and a prize of $314 million
in August 2007.
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theLotter’s $1 Million Powerball Winner
- B.U. from London claimed a $1 million second place prize in the U.S. Powerball’s 2012/32 draw in April 2012 with five correct guesses. Inspired by the
$656 million Mega Millions jackpot from March, B.U. had been playing for less than a month when he won the $1 million prize with his fifth lottery ticket -
he continued his Powerball Subscription to receive his free tenth entry! The British winner was flown to Florida, USA, to claim the impressive sum from
theLotter's local office. Had B.U. chosen to add the "Power Play" on purchasing his ticket, he would have doubled his win to take home $2 million. Read
more about this Powerball winner on theLotter’s lottery blog.
USA Powerball Anecdotes
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A syndicate of co-workers struck it big when they won a U.S. Powerball lotto jackpot worth $365 million. The workers of Con Agra Meatpacking decided to
receive their winnings as a lump sum in 2006.
Setting a New Record
- When the U.S. Powerball changed its rules in January 2012, to provide more excitement and bigger jackpots, they foretold that they would have a $500
million plus jackpot by the end of the year, and reach a $1 billion jackpot by 2022. Less than a year after releasing the updated version of the game,
November 2012 saw the American lottery jackpot reach $588 million after 15 rollovers! This amazing prize was shared by two lucky lottery winners from
Missouri and Arizona. Read more about the Powerball jackpot winners in our lottery blog.
Fortune Cookie Win
- In 2005, 110 people won second place prizes in the USA Powerball. Some, who added the Power Play, received as much as $500,000 with the prize multiplier
feature. Eventually, it became known that all 110 had used numbers suggested by their fortune cookies. The fortune cookie company, Wonton, Inc., had mass
produced fortune cookies with the same recommended lucky number selection.
Players who enjoy the U.S. Powerball might also enjoy the Mega Millions, or wish to
play Europe's #1 lottery EuroMillions, which offers sensational tax-free jackpots
Learn About US Powerball Lottery Draws
|The US Powerball lottery produces some of the biggest jackpots offered at theLotter. With a top prize that starts at $40 million, this American lotto is a global attraction! In fact, the US Powerball's popularity has resulted in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa all setting up their own versions of the famous lottery format. The US Powerball's 8-figure starting jackpot is one that few world lotteries even come close to matching. Check the US Powerball Lottery results page to see if you're a winner!
US Powerball Jackpot Grew to $590.5 Million
The American lotto giant's Spring 2013 hot streak resulted in a new US Powerball record jackpot of $590.5 million! With 13 consecutive rollovers the US Powerball lottery surpassed its earlier 2013 huge jackpot win of $338 million from the March 23rd draw and has set a high standard for the rest of the year! Powerball has been sitting prominently atop theBig list almost every week of 2013 and excitement built as the jackpot continued to catapult beyond last year's record of $588 million!