There are many lotteries across the world that offer life-changing jackpots. However, few can provide quite the level of riches that winners of the US Powerball enjoy.
In 2016, the Powerball produced the largest jackpot in history, awarding a combined prize of $1.6 billion to three lucky winners. In an interesting twist, one of the victors, a couple from California who bought their ticket in a 7-Eleven store, waited six months before going forward to collect their winnings.
The following year, the jackpot was surpassed by another Powerball windfall. This time an individual winner, Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts, won $758.7 million by herself. The first thing she did was tell her employers that she wouldn’t be returning, saying that she planned to “just sit back and relax!”
The Powerball jackpot has surpassed half a billion dollars on several occasions, making playing this lottery a tempting proposition. However, traditionally people wanting to play Powerball have needed to buy tickets in one of the participating US states. However, it’s now possible to play the Powerball lottery from outside the US, and without being a US citizen, by using online service Lottoland, a website offering betting on the numbers of a wide range of global lotteries.
How to Play Powerball
The Powerball lottery requires players to choose five numbers per ticket, and an additional “PowerBall” number. The regular numbers run from 1-69, and the PowerBalls from 1-26. Tickets cost US$4 each, and draws take place twice per week on Wednesday and Saturdays.
As with many lotteries, the enormous jackpots come up when nobody picks the correct numbers, resulting in a “rollover” of the prize money. When these happen for a number of consecutive draws, excitement reaches fever pitch as the jackpot prize gets higher and higher. Sometimes the huge rollover jackpots end up shared between multiple winners, but sometimes an individual winners bags hundreds of millions, such as in the case of Mavis Wanczyk, discussed above.
There’s an extra dimension to Powerball, which comes in the form of the PowerPlay option. Players can opt to pay an additional $1.50 on each ticket for a chance of boosting non-jackpot prizes. This works on a multiplier system, where players can increase the value of non-jackpot wins by up to ten times.
This means that PowerPlay still offers a respectable chance of winning life-changing money from wins other than a huge jackpot payout. In fact, it’s quite common to see wins in excess of $2 Million for players who match five numbers without the Powerball, if they’ve decided to go for the PowerPlay option. The overall chance of winningsomethingon the Powerball is
1 in 25.
The nature of lotteries is such that the more people who play, the larger the jackpots grow. This opportunity to play Powerball (and other competitions) from outside the US means more people can participate and boost those jackpots. Shortly before Mavis Wanczyk won nearly three-quarters of a Billion Dollars, she said on social media that she “needed a vacation.” It seems likely she’s had plenty of those now!