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Powerball is an American lottery game that was started in 1988 (as "Lotto*America") by The US states Iowa, Kansas, Oregon, Rhode Island, and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, who formed the "MUSL" (Multi-State Lottery Association). Today Powerball is played in all U.S. States that have lotteries (the exceptions are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah) as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
For $2 per play, players select five numbers from a pool of 69 possible numbers and one additional number from a pool of 26 "Powerball" numbers for a chance to win a progressive jackpot that starts at $40 million (annuity value over 30 annual payments; cash value about $24 million) and increases each time a drawing is held with no grand prize winner. About half of the purchase price of each ticket contributes to the prize pool, so the more tickets that are sold, the faster the jackpot grows.
On the drawing day, drums containing balls marked with lottery numbers are agitated and then five balls are drawn from a container of 69 balls and one Powerball is drawn from a container of 26 balls. If your numbers match all five of the white balls, and your Powerball matches the drawn Powerball, you win the jackpot (currently $230,000,000; cash value about $142,600,000). In the event of multiple jackpot winners, the prize is split among winners. The odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 292 million, while the odds of winning any prize are about 1 in 25.
Players (except in California) also have the option to spend an extra dollar per play on a feature called the "Power Play" which multiplies any prize won (except the jackpot) by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 (million dollar prize may only be doubled). This may not be a good choice because the value it usually returns, on average, is less than its dollar cost, but for some it adds to the fun of the game and gives strategy options.
Powerball drawings are held each Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59pm Eastern time (GMT -5; GMT -4 during Daylight time). The next scheduled Powerball drawing is Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
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