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Why Is Powerball so Popular & Interesting Facts about the Game!

The Powerball lottery is the biggest lottery game in the United States and is also one of the most popular around the world.

It has become known for giving players the opportunity to win seriously large jackpot prizes. The most talked-about was their record jackpot in January of 2016. This jackpot reached $1.6 billion USD and was shared by 3 players.

The record jackpot was, as you’d expect, huge news and brought in hundreds of millions of players from around the world. International players can purchase Powerball tickets online, which is a huge reason for Powerball’s worldwide popularity.

Unlike many other gambling options, learning how to play Powerball can be done in just a few minutes so it is a super-accessible way for people to have the chance of winning incredible sums of money.

The potential for winning massive jackpots and changing their lives in an instant keeps’ players coming back to the Powerball week after week.

Interesting Facts About the Powerball Lottery

  • The first Powerball draw was held on April 22nd in 1992.
  • The Powerball is played in 44 states across America and can also be played around the globe online.
  • The cost of a Powerball ticket is currently $2 USD. Before January 12th 2012, tickets cost just $1.
  • The largest-ever jackpot was around $1.6 billion USD on January 13th 2016 and was shared by 3 players.
  • The largest single winning ticket was for a $768 million USD jackpot in 2019
  • Players have 180 days to claim their winnings
  • Jackpot winners are given the option of taking their winnings as a cash lump sum or as 30 annual payouts.
  • In the US, lottery winnings over $5000 are subject to tax.
  • Indiana is the state with the most Powerball winners. They have had 39 winners, which is over 10% of the total winners.
  • There are bonuses available for stores that sell winnings tickets. These bonuses vary by state but can be up to $50,000 for a store that sells a jackpot-winning ticket.
  • There are 9 ways to win in the Powerball lottery and players have around a 1 in 25 chance of winning some kind of cash prize.
  • The odds of winning the Jackpot, which requires 5 main numbers as well as the Powerball to be matched, are 1 in 292 million. There are approximately 292.2 million possible number combinations.
  • Powerball’s predecessor began in 1988 and was known as Lotto America. The game name was changed in 1992
  • Upon its 1992 launch, Powerball was the first lottery game to use the 2-drum format. This format has since been adopted by multiple popular lotteries around the world including the UK’s Thunderball and Australia’s Powerball, which began in 1996.
  • According to bankrate.com, Americans spend an average of $1000 per person each year on lottery tickets.
  • 18 is the youngest you can be to purchase a Powerball ticket. However, the age limit varies by state with some states like Arizona setting their limit to 21 and over.
  • In Michigan, the names of lottery winners are made public.

Since changes were made to the ball pools in 2015, the most common main numbers have been 23, 32, 61, 64 and 69. The most common Powerball numbers have been 24, 21, 3, 13, and 18.

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