The Powerball generates some of the biggest and most life changing jackpots in the world, making it one of the most exciting and popular lotteries to play globally. It is currently played across 43 states in America plus the District of Columbia and the U.S Virgin Islands, and is responsible for generating the second biggest jackpot the world has ever seen worth $590.5 million won on 18th May 2013 by Gloria C. MacKenzie from Zephyrhills, Florida.
Players must choose five main numbers from a possible 59, followed by one 'powerball' number from a separate pool of 35.
The numbers are drawn at 22.59 ET on Wednesday and a Saturday, and players participating in the lottery that night are advised that ticket sale cut off times on the night are, on average, an hour prior to the draw. However, cut off times vary from state to state, so players are advised to check exact times with their own state lottery provider.
How to Play Powerball
Tickets for the Powerball are usually sold by participating states alongside their own state lottery in retail outlets. However, players can now also buy tickets for the Powerball lottery online even if they live beyond participating state boundaries, or even in different countries (where it is legal to do so). This is thanks to online ticket concierge services which employ agents in participating states buy tickets on behalf of those who want to play beyond state lines.
You can win powerball in one of nine different ways - please see the Powerball Prizes page. The jackpot is won by matching all five main (white) numbers and the all-important Powerball (red) number, and the winner can choose between the full jackpot value paid out over 29 years or a reduced lump-sum payment.
Prizes must be claimed within 180 days from the date of the draw and players must be at least 18 years old.