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Cash vs Annuity

If you win the jackpot, you can choose between a lump sum or an annuity.
The annuity is the advertised jackpot value and will see you paid in 30 instalments over 29 years, with the first payment made straight away.
The annuity shows how much you will receive if the money is invested by the lottery, taking into account all of the profits that the investments would make over the 29-year period.
The annuity payments will grow by 5 percent each year to cover inflation and cost of living increases.
The cash option is smaller as it contains only the money raised from ticket sales during that game and any preceding rollovers.

Power Play

A Power Play multiplier of 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x is randomly selected before each Powerball draw and if you opt in any prizes you win will be boosted by the value of the multiplier.
The only exception is the Match 5 prize, which is doubled to $2 million regardless of which multiplier is drawn. The 10x multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less.
The table below shows how prizes increase with each Power Play multiplier:

Match Base Prize x2 x3 x4 x5 x10
5 + Powerball Jackpot Jackpot Jackpot Jackpot Jackpot Jackpot
5 $1 million $2 million $2 million $2 million $2 million $2 million
4 + Powerball $50,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $500,000
4 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
3 + Powerball $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $1,000
3 $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
2 + Powerball $7 $14 $21 $28 $35 $70
1 + Powerball $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40
Powerball $4 $8 $12 $16 $20 $40

The odds of each Power Play being selected change depending on whether or not the 10x multiplier is in play.
Here are the odds when the 10x is active:

Power Play Odds
10x 1 in 43
5x 1 in 21.5
4x 1 in 14.33
3x 1 in 3.23
2x 1 in 1.79

Here are the odds on each Power Play ball being drawn when the jackpot exceeds $150 million and the 10x multiplier is not available for selection:

Power Play Odds
5x 1 in 21
4x 1 in 14
3x 1 in 3.23
2x 1 in 1.75

Checking latest Powerball results

Powerball results are available after the draws carried out two times every week on Wednesday and Saturday in Florida (Tallahassee) a 10.59 p.m. EST (UTC -5). Surely enough, it is not necessary to wait for the broadcast as you may just turn your computer and go online to find out the latest Powerball results. Moreover you can always check the winning Powerball numbers using your mobile phone, tablet or any other mobile gadget. Apart from the latest Powerball results here you may also get other useful info about the past winning Powerball numbers, rules, game-play developments, prize pools and payouts and winning odds.

Winning odds

Powerball jackpot winning odds are estimated as 1 in 292 mln (close to 1 : 258,890,850 in MegaMillions). The last prize category winning odds are estimated as 1 in 38. The lottery’s overall winning odds are 1 in 31.85. Find below the winning odds based on the prize categories where the MN stands for the main winning Powerball numbers and PB for the unanimous bonus number.

Prize division

Combination

Odds of winning

1 (Powerball jackpot)

5 MN + PB

1 : 292,201,338

2

5 MN

1 : 11,688,054

3

4 MN + PB

1 : 913,129

4

4 MN

1 : 36,525

5

3 MN + PB

1 : 14,494

6

3 MN

1 : 580

7

2 MN + PB

1 : 701

8

1 MN + PB

1 : 92

9

PB

1 : 38

Rules or How does it work?

Powerball is the world’s first lotto game to apply 2 separate raffle drums to draw the winning numbers. That was aimed to make the game-play more flexible and ensured high jackpot winning odds and low odds for the secondary prizes. This concept was later followed by other draw-type lotteries around the globe such as US Mega Millions, Australian Powerball twin lotto, UK Thunderball and the pan-European EuroMillions lottery.

Powerball’s matrix had undergone a number of changes from 5/59 + 1/35 in the beginning to the current 5/69 + 1/26. The main winning Powerball numbers matrix was increased while the bonus number matrix was decreased.

US Powerball has 9 prize divisions. Players have to choose and match 5 main winning numbers from the guess range of 1 to 69 as well as the bonus number out 35 possible to win the Powerball jackpot. The bonus number is accountable for the secondary cash prizes of the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th divisions. Even matching only the Powerball number players will get a cash prize. In case you are lucky to match only the 5 main numbers you will get a guaranteed prize of $1 mln dollars prize or even increase it several millions if using the Power Play feature! Power Play is a special option which may be used for the additional price. It will multiply the winnings in the 7 lower prize categories if the winning combination is matched.

Hot and cold numbers statistics

To hike the winning chances lottery players may use the statistics of the hot and cold numbers. This statistics is based on the historic Powerball results. The hot numbers are those showing up the most frequently among the drawn winning Powerball numbers. Last year they were 9, 2, 54, 33 and 49. On the other hand the cold numbers are the most infrequent ones. Last year they were 21, 27, 41 16 and 20.

Powerball jackpot – Powerball payout

Gloria MacKenzie, a devoted lottery player from Florida, was lucky to win the ever largest Powerball jackpot. That was on 18 May 2013 and Gloria then was 84 years old. The lucky woman did not know how to buy Powerball tickets online, so she quick-picked the ticket and got the impressive Powerball payout of $590.5 mln.

The second biggest Powerball jackpot was claimed on 28 November 2012 by the two lucky players from Missouri and Arizona. Powerball payout than made over $587.5 mln

The third largest Powerball jackpot was reported on 11 February 2015. Powerball payout then accounted for $564.1 mln. It was shared between the 3 players from Texas, Puerto Rico and North Carolina.

So do not miss your chance to become another lottery millionaire. Play and check Powerball results online and you won’t have to change your timetable to watch the draw by TV, wait for the fresh news-paper or go to the retailer to find out the latest Powerball results.   

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