If there’s anything else you need to know about USA Powerball, you may be able to find the answer below.
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+ What time do Powerball draws take place?
Powerball draws occur every Wednesday and Saturday at 22:59 Eastern Time. Because much of the USA observes Daylight Saving Time and South Africa doesn’t, the draw time according to South Africa local time changes at certain points in the year. The table below shows exactly when draws occur throughout the year:
|Start Date||End Date||Draw Time In USA||Draw Time In South Africa|
|Second Sunday in March||First Sunday in November||22:59 EDT||04:59 SAST|
|First Sunday in November||Second Sunday in March||22:59 EST||05:59 SAST|
+ When did Powerball start?
The first USA Powerball draw took place on 22 April 1992, with just 15 states taking part and players required to select five main numbers from 1 to 45, plus a Powerball number from a separate set of 1 to 45.
+ Is there a maximum jackpot?
No. The jackpot starts at $40 million and will keep growing until it is won.
+ What is the biggest prize ever won?
The largest lottery jackpot in history came when three ticket holders – from the states of California, Florida and Tennessee – shared a record $1.58 billion Powerball prize.
+ What is an annuity?
Jackpot winners in the USA have the choice between receiving the prize money in one big upfront payment, or spread out in regular ‘annuity’ payments over 29 years. The cash payout is always less than the annuity, as the interest generated over the 29 years of the annuity is also paid out to the player.
+ Can you win the jackpot from outside the USA?
Yes, third-party lottery betting and concierge websites allow you to participate in Powerball from outside the USA and in both cases you would be eligible to win all the prizes available, including the jackpot. For more information on how it works, visit the page.
+ Is USA Powerball the same as South Africa PowerBall?
No. Although the two games share a common name, they are completely unrelated to each other. The rules of playing, prizes, and odds of winning in both games are different.