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Powerball vs. Mega Millions: The American Lottery Showdown

USA-Powerball and USA-Mega Millions are two of the biggest names in the lottery world, and they have been embroiled in hometown rivalry for decades. Prior to 2009, America’s  50 states were forced to pledge allegiance to one of the two multi-state super lottos and wear their team’s colors with pride. Then, the people of New Jersey spoke up and petitioned to have access to both Mega Millions and Powerball. In January, 2010, a compromise was reached, and states began selling tickets to both lotteries in their convenience stores, gas stations, and supermarkets. Today, Mega Millions and Powerball share jurisdiction in 43 states. Only California and Florida staunchly stood their ground, California remaining loyal to Mega Millions and Florida sticking with its Powerball roots.

Powerball and Mega Millions are offered worldwide via theLotter’s online lottery service and share traits that heat up the competition between the two. Both lotto games feature an additional number and 9 prize divisions, which offer players many opportunities to win attractive secondary prizes in addition to the impressive jackpots. Both lotteries have generous jackpot rollover policies and award players a prize for simply matching the one additional number. So, which lottery has the edge?

Mega Millions’ MegaPlier and Powerball’s PowerPlay are fixed multiplier features that can multiply prize values between two and four times. While PowerPlay has been offered since 2001, Mega Millions only added the Megaplier in all states in 2011. While both features multiply the second prize by four, catupling second prize in both lotteries to millionaire status, the MegaPlier increases the other prize divisions significantly more than Powerball. In the 4th prize division, the MegaPlier increases a $150 prize to $600. On the other hand, the $100 Powerball 4th prize is only bumped up to $200 by the PowerPlay feature.

Mega Millions far outshines Powerball with the biggest lottery jackpot record of $656 million with Powerball lagging behind with top prizes of $365 million, $340 million and $314 million. Mega Millions may take claim over the superior prize multiplier and record jackpots, but Powerball is the clear winner when it comes to starting jackpots. Powerball’s base jackpot is $40 million, compared to Mega Millions’ $12 million!

When it comes down to it, a MegaMillions $656 million jackpot winner and a Powerball $365 jackpot winner are both…rich. MegaMillions offers a more substantial prize multiplier, but Powerball’s base jackpot, combined with its additional number and Powerplay feature allow for a steady stream of impressive jackpots, accompanied by jackpot winners.

American lottery history is still being written, and Powerball promises to be a major player as it emerges from the shadow of Mega Millions’ record-breaking jackpot. Powerball introduced a new lottery structure on January, 15, 2012, with the hopes of creating the first half billion dollar jackpot and the first billion dollar prize by 2022. However, in order to facilitate a starting jackpot jump from a $20 million to $40 million, a $1 million increase for the second prize, and a reduction of the Mega Ball guess range to improve winning odds, Powerball was forced to double their ticket price. With Mega Millions still basking in the glow of their $656 million jackpot record, Powerball is once again on the rise, and from here, it could be anybody’s game.