Powerball is a lottery game that’s played in 45 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. It costs $2 to play, and the numbers are drawn three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings. You can play a single ticket or buy multiple tickets for each drawing. You can also add on “Power Play” for $1 extra and multiply your non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times, depending on the multiplier number picked out of a hat before each drawing.
In addition, players in some states – Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee – can pay $1 to add a so-called “Double Play” to their ticket. This sees your numbers added to a second draw shortly after the main one, with a maximum cash prize of $10 million.
The odds of winning the jackpot are incredibly high, at one in 292.2 million. This has made it impossible for a single person to win the jackpot, and it has pushed the jackpot up to its current size of $1.5 billion. But that’s not the only reason the jackpot keeps growing – it’s also because the game’s tough odds offer a tiny chance of matching all six numbers.
If the jackpot goes unclaimed, it will roll over to the next drawing and increase in value until someone wins it. The jackpot is then split among all winners in each state.
Buying a Powerball ticket is easy. You choose five numbers from a pool of 69 and one Powerball number from a pool of 26. You can pick your numbers by using a Playslip, or ask for a “Quick Pick” from the retailer. The Quick Pick option is a computerized, randomly-selected set of numbers available through the retailer’s terminal.
You can buy Powerball tickets at most retailers, including gas stations and convenience stores. You can also purchase online at powerball.com, and at the official website of each lottery. In some states, you can also purchase Powerball tickets at retail outlets that are part of the Multi-State Lottery Association.
The official website of each lottery also has information about each lottery, including winning numbers and jackpots. You can also find information about lottery history, rules and regulations.
Each state’s minimum age to play is different, but the general rules are the same: The ticket must be purchased in the state where it was sold and the player must be 18 or older. If a person is under the age of 18, they can still buy tickets, but they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
A person can buy up to 20 tickets, each good for a specific drawing. Usually, the tickets are divided into “boards,” with rows of multiple-choice style bubbles to fill in. You can fill out a board and bet on a single set of numbers for $2 or you can fill in several boards for $4 each. 파워볼사이트