Beginner Guide to Playing Powerball
Powerball is one of the most popular lottery games, played by casual and avid lottery fans alike. The U.S. game is offered in most states and jackpots have gotten as high as a billion dollars! If you like playing for large prizes then this may be the game for you.
Powerball tickets cost $2 and drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 pm EST. To play the Powerball game you must choose five numbers ranging between 1 – 69, plus a Powerball number which ranges from 1 – 26. Players can choose their own numbers or let the computer choose numbers (known as a ‘quick pick’). An example of a Powerball number to play would be 6 – 13 – 29 – 56 – 64 Powerball 12.
In order to win the jackpot, you must match all six numbers. If no one chooses the correct six numbers, then the jackpot rolls over into the next drawing. The top prize will continue to grow until there is a winner. If more than one person chooses the winning numbers, then the prize is evenly split among them. After there is a top prize winner, the jackpot gets reset and starts over at $20 million.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 292,000,000. However you could still win some prize money if you match some of the numbers correctly. Match the first five numbers correctly but miss the Powerball number and you could win $1 million! If you win any amount of money from a Powerball ticket you must redeem your prize in the state where the ticket was purchased. Most states allow you to redeem a ticket by mail if you choose. If you’re lucky enough to win a big jackpot, consult a lawyer and financial adviser immediately. Good luck!