Powerball and Mega Millions Roll Through Weekend

Nov. 9, 2015 — Happy Monday lottery players!  Both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots rolled over last weekend, kicking off a new “run” for Powerball and making the Mega Millions jackpot even more attractive. The Powerball jackpot reset last Wednesday after a player in Tennessee matched all six numbers, so Saturday night’s rollover took to $40 million starting prize to $50 million ahead of this Wednesday’s draw. Mega Millions’ top prize continued growing after Friday’s drawing failed to produce a winner.  Ahead of tomorrow’s draw, the jackpot has an estimated annuity value of $180 million, and carries with it a $108 million cash option. While there were no jackpot winners, lots of players were lucky enough to take home non-jackpot prizes this weekend. More than 475,000 Powerball players took home prizes, together winning a total of almost $4.2 million in non-jackpot prize money.  One of those winners, who bought their ticket in New Jersey, was lucky enough to match all five white numbers, winning $1 million. Friday’s Mega Millions drawing also made one new millionaire; a ticket purchased in South Carolina matched the five white numbers to win the $1 million second prize.  Along with that winner there were almost 2 million more players who were able to match a winning combination of numbers. Congratulations to all of this weekend’s winners.  Powerball and Mega Millions continue this week, starting tomorrow (Nov. 10, 2015) with Mega Millions. Remember – you can’t win if you don’t play!...

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Powerball Jackpot Won in Tenn

Nov. 5, 2015 – Some lucky person in Tennessee was able to match all six numbers in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, so the jackpot prize was reset down to $40 million for Saturday night’s drawing. The winning  Powerball numbers were 2, 12, 17, 20, 65 and the Powerball was 17  The Power Play multiplier drawn Wednesday was 4x, so winning tickets with the Power Play option  added are worth four times their normal prize value. In addition to the jackpot being won, one ticket sold in Wyoming matched all five white numbers Wednesday night. That ticket is worth a million dollars before taxes. Seventeen players matched four of the white balls and the Powerball to win third prizes Wednesday night, and two of those players won with the Power Play option added.  Those two winners will each receive $40,000 prizes while the other 15 third prize winners will receive the normal $10,000 prize. Overall, more than 660,000 Powerball players became winners Friday night, scoring more than $7 million in prize money. The next drawing will be held Saturday night at 10 p.m., and the estimated $40 million annuity jackpot carries with it a $24.9 million cash value. Click here to see how late you can buy Powerball tickets in your state....

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Changes Coming for Powerball

Sep 08, 15 Changes Coming for Powerball

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Sept. 7, 2015 – Powerball players will be happy to hear that in just one month, changes to the game’s rules will make it easier to win smaller prizes.  However, there is a tradeoff. The Powerball jackpot will be almost twice as difficult to win, with the odds of hitting it big lengthening from 1-in-175 million to 1-in-292 million.  But the trade seems like a fair one: Powerball’s overall odds will be growing more favorable for players, shifting from 1-in-35 odds of winning to 1-in-24 chances.   Time for a Change Many LotteryHUB fans have been wondering: “why the change?”  A memo from the New York State Gaming Commission in July said that “without these rules changes, the (Lottery) Division would need to remove the Powerball game…and aid to education would be negatively affected.” Basically, Powerball fans were ready for an update.  The last huge payout was the May 2013 win of $590.5 million, which went to 84-year-old winner Gloria C. Mackenzie.  In the time since, Powerball sales have dipped by about 19 percent, according to statistics cited in a USA Today article on the upcoming rules changes. Like any product, updates are needed to keep Powerball fresh.  The changes to the prize structure and odds are “…intended to increase the odds of winning any prize while decreasing the odds to win the jackpot,” said Robert Williams, executive director of the New York State Gaming Commission.   How the Game is Changing That might sound ominous to some players, but the real result of the change is just shifting where players’ money goes.  Rather then sending 68 percent of wagers into the jackpot, the new rules will take 64 percent of wagers for the jackpot and spread the rest of the prize money out among the other eight prize options. So, while the jackpot is harder to win, more of the money players pay into the game is going towards smaller prizes. To make smaller prizes easier to win, Powerball officials have changed the...

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Powerball Jackpot Grows to $110 Million

Aug 27, 15 Powerball Jackpot Grows to $110 Million

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Aug. 27, 2015 — The Powerball jackpot rolled over Wednesday, reaching an estimated $110 million, after nobody matched all six winning numbers.  For Saturday’s drawing, the annuity jackpot carries with it a cash value worth more than $71 million. Click here to watch the Powerball drawing. Wednesday’s winning numbers were 2, 22, 32 45, 56 and the Powerball was 12.  The Power Play multiplier was 5x, so players who added Power Play to their tickets and won third or lower prizes will receive five times the normal value of their prize. While nobody was able to win the jackpot, two players were lucky enough to become millionaires Wednesday night.  The two new millionaires bought their tickets in Arkansas and Pennsylvania, each matching the first five numbers but missing the Power Ball. Twenty-one others – including five who added Power Play to their tickets – matched five of the six numbers drawn Wednesday.  These winners each matched four white numbers and the Power Ball to win third prizes.  The five Power Play winners will each receive $50,000.  The other 16 winners each won the normal $10,000 third prize. In all there were more than 466,000 winners Wednesday night.  Together they took home an impressive $6.2 million in non-jackpot winnings, including more than $2.3 million won with Power Play. But the jackpot keeps rolling!  For your chance to win Powerball’s coveted top prize, be sure to buy your tickets before sales close ahead of Saturday’s...

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Mega Millions Jackpot Rolls Tuesday

Aug 26, 15 Mega Millions Jackpot Rolls Tuesday

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Aug. 25, 2015 — The Mega Millions jackpot continued climbing after nobody was able to match the six winning numbers Tuesday night.  Ahead of Friday’s drawing, the annuity jackpot has an estimated $64 million value, and carries with it an estimated cash value of $40 million. Click here to watch Tuesday’s drawing Tuesday’s winning numbers were 5, 44, 54, 59, 63 and the Mega Ball was 1.  The Megaplier drawn Tuesday was 5x, so players who added the optional multiplier to their tickets and won will receive five times their prizes’ normal values. Unfortunately there were no new millionaires made Tuesday night, as nobody matched all five of the white numbers drawn.  However, there were 10 players lucky enough to match four white numbers and the Mega Ball to win $5,000 third prizes.  For two of those 10 winners, an extra dollar is really paying off; two third-prize winners added Megaplier to their tickets, multiplying their prizes to $25,000. About 270 other players won fourth prizes Tuesday.  30 fourth prize winners used Megaplier to multiply their winnings from $500 to $2,500, guaranteeing they’ll need to take a trip to their lottery claims office to pick up their big prize. In all there were about 1,010,000 winners made Tuesday night.  The drawing paid out almost $2.5 million, including about $1 million in Megaplier prizes, or 40 percent of the total haul. But the jackpot remains untouched.  For your chance to win the $64 million annuity prize, be sure to pick up your tickets before sales close ahead of the drawing.  Good...

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