Powerball lottery is an American lottery game that is coordinated by a non- profit organization (MUSL). It is a combined large jackpot and cash game in which the lucky players win by matching one of 9 ways.
How to win the Powerball lottery
To participate, the player has to choose five numbers from a set of numbers (59 white balls) and another number, which is the Powerball number from a separate set of numbers (39 red balls). By selecting from two sets of numbers, the odds of winning are significantly increased despite the seemingly low field of numbers. Although he participant has the option to choose Powerball numbers on heir own, they can also allow the Powerball machine draw their numbers randomly.
Each Powerball ticket costs $2. The PowerPlay option can be added for an additional dollar, which increases the size of the prize won. However, it does not apply to the jackpot.
To win the jackpot, the player has to match all the five white balls in any order as well as the red Powerball. In Powerball lottery, the order of the first five numbers (white balls) does not affect the chances of winning. For instance, if the player picks; 2, 1, 5, 12, 19 and a Powerball 8, and the winning numbers drawn are 1, 5, 2, 19, 12 and 8 for the Powerball, the player will still win.
|5 correct white balls and a Powerball||The jackpot|
|5 correct white balls without a Powerball||$1,000,000|
|4 correct white balls with a Powerball||$10,000|
|4 correct white balls without a Powerball||$100|
|3 correct white balls with a Powerball||$100|
|3 correct white balls without a Powerball||$7|
|2 correct white balls with a Powerball||$7|
|2 correct white balls without a Powerball||$4|
|The correct Powerball||$4|
- Adds of winning – With a minimum jackpot prize of $40, million, the odds of winning are 1 in 175.2 million
Even if the participant fails to win the jackpot, there are a number of other prizes (cash prizes) to be won even with just the correct Powerball. With the PowerPlay, the participant stands the opportunity to double the prize winning except for the jackpot, which remains unaffected by PowerPlay.
“A secret to winning”
According to the Powerball frequent questions and answer page, a player stands a chance to win a prize if he or she buys a Powerball card for every possible red ball. However, this basically means one will have to spend $78 with a guarantee of winning at least $4. On the other hand, if one is successful in matching some of the white balls on the 39 cards, there is a possibility of wining more cash.
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