Changes to the Powerball game rules came into effect on October 4th 2015 for the October 7th draw. The changes reduced the chances of a jackpot win and improved the chances of winning any other prize as the table below illustrates. The changes ensured that the Powerball jackpot grows faster and higher that it did prior to the October 7th 2015 draw.
|Draws||Main Number Range||Powerball Number Range||Winning Jackpot Odds||Winning Any Prize Odds|
|Pre October 7th 2015||1 — 59||1 — 35||1 in 176 million||1 in 31.85|
|October 7th 2015 Onwards||1 — 69||1 — 26||1 in 292 million||1 in 24.87|
Some states have variations to certain aspects of the game; for example, the amount of time you have to claim your prize might depend on where you bought your ticket. The closing time for ticket sales changes between different states. Officially it can be anywhere from an hour or more before the draw takes place. California’s prize dividends are pari-mutuel meaning the prize amount will vary depending on the number of winners and tickets sold (this excludes the jackpot which is the same as the national publicised jackpot). To be clear, the game play is exactly the same from state to state.
Contrary to popular belief, the official Powerball site stipulates that non-residents of the United States can participate in the Powerball lottery.
Canadians can participate in the Powerball lottery by using an online lottery service – a relatively new phenomenon that gives players access to numerous lottery games no matter where they’re based. It’s important to note that any online lottery service linked to or from Powerball.ca has been tested and vetted by the Powerball.ca editorial staff.
Big Lottery Service Winners
There are plenty of examples of people winning lotteries from different countries having used an online lottery service.
In May 2016 Matthias from Berlin won a staggering €22 million after betting on the outcome of Germany’s 6aus49 lottery. The 39-year-old IT consultant didn’t tell anyone for weeks as he couldn’t believe how much he had won. He’s now happily retired.
In February 2016, a winner from Cornwall, Ontario won US $1 million on Powerball using The Lotter, an online lottery messenger service. ‘P’ as he is known, was out watching his son play hockey when the draw happened only checking his numbers later that night to find out he was a winner. ‘P’ took the first flight out to New Jersey to collect his prize in person.
Back in 2012, two overseas players shared US $1.25 million won in the US, and in 2015, a player from Iraq claimed US $6.4 million on the Oregon Lottery. All three played using online lottery messenger services, and all three received the prize money they were entitled to — along with anonymity for the men from Iraq and Ontario.
Latest News about the US Powerball
Starting from April 8, 2020, some temporary measures were put in place by the US Powerball as to continue offering its regular draws, and most importantly to be able to continue sustaining good causes. Therefore, there are no more minimum jackpot nor a minimum amount for the rollovers. The rollovers are now influenced by game sales and interest rates.
The last Jackpot to date was scooped by a player from Florida who matched the winning numbers 02-06-18-36-37 and the
Powerball 21 for the draw on August 12. This win amounted to $169 Million! Before that, a
beautiful $22 Million jackpot was scooped on June 10, by a lucky player from Wisconsin who matched the 5 main numbers 10-33-41-52-54 and the Powerball 17.
The Powerball lottery made a good number of millionaires in 2019, delivering some jaw-dropping jackpots. The last one, worth $150 million, was scooped on November 2, 2019 by a lucky ticket holder from California. Before that, on September 21, 2019, Phillip Chippewa, a 54-year-old grandfather from Michigan, came forward to claim a $80 million jackpot. David Yax of North Evans was the sole winner of another $80 million jackpot Powerball displayed on the draw of September 4, 2019.