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Powerball Lottery and How It Works

Powerball is a lottery game that draws its winners by using two drums. The first drum has white balls in it, while the second drum has the red ball. This unique placement is how Powerball Lottery gets its name.

Every Wednesday and Saturday nights, the game picks its winner at 10:12 PM at Orlando Universal Studios. You can watch the winner announcement on Powerball website, television, newspapers, and online gambling site. There is a special rule, however, in Powerball if you want to win the jackpot. You have to match five white and red balls in any order.

The jackpot itself is the very reason for many people to enter this lottery game. The prize starts at $40 million. When the drawing cannot find the winner, the jackpot will grow at least $10 million. Since it replaced the Lotto*America lottery back in 1992, the prize has grown into an enormous amount. In 2016, it reached the highest amount ever recorded: $1.5 billion.

How to Play Powerball

The game begins with 69 white balls in the first drum and 26 red balls in the second drum. During the drawing, the coordinator will pick five white balls and one red ball, the Powerball.

As for the contestants, the steps are a bit different. For every ticket you buy, you have to select five numbers and one Powerball number. For you to win the jackpot, all these numbers should match with the white ball and Powerball numbers. You can either choose the ball by yourself or let the machine to do it for you.

Do You Need 5 Balls to Win the Prize?

No, if we include the smallest prize. If you picked the correct Powerball, you would win $4. If we deduce the money you spend on the ball, it means you can bring home $2 with the right Powerball.

However, as I said before if you want to win the jackpot, your five white balls and Powerball should match precisely as numbers they draw during the event.

As for the payouts, you might want to take a look at the following list. There are two types of payout you can get: basic and powerplay payout.

Basic Payout

  • Five white balls and Powerball: jackpot
  • 5 white balls and 0 Powerball: $1,000,000
  • Four white balls and Powerball: $10,000
  • Four white balls and 0 Powerball: $100
  • Three white balls and Powerball: $100
  • Three white balls and 0 Powerball: $7
  • Two white balls and Powerball: $7
  • One white ball and Powerball: $4
  • 0 white ball and Powerball: $4

PowerPlay Payout

  • 0 white ball and Powerball: $8 – $40
  • Five white balls and Powerball: jackpot
  • 5 white balls and 0 Powerball: $2,000,000
  • 4 white balls and Powerball: $20,000 – $100,000
  • Four white balls and 0 Powerball: $200 – 1,000
  • 3 white balls and Powerball: $200 – $1,000
  • Three white balls and 0 Powerball: $14 – $70
  • Two white balls and one Powerball: $14 – $70
  • One white ball and Powerball: $8 – $40
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