As jackpots soar to record heights, you might be wondering how Powerball become America’s favorite jackpot game.
In February 1988, Lotto America began selling tickets for a multi-state draw game. Lotto America was the first multi-state game offered by the Multi-State Lottery Association, MUSL. MUSL was created to allow for bigger jackpots that the states could not generate on their own, and Lotto America provided the opportunity for these states to win. It began selling tickets in the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. The odds of winning the original 7-of-40 game were 1 in 18 million, and matching 4 numbers guaranteed a prize of $5. The original game did not offer a cash option but only a 20-year annuity.
The last Lotto America drawing was held on Apr. 18 1992. Four days later, Lotto America became Powerball and was changed to a 6-pick draw game. When Powerball began, the minimum jackpot began at $2 million, and was the first game to use two drums to house the balls for drawings. One drum was filled with white balls numbered 1 to 45, and the other drum was filled with red balls numbered 1 to 45. there was no multiplier option when the game began. Power Play was added to the game in 2001 to allow for more ways to win bigger jackpots.
The basic way to play is to select five numbers from the white drum and one number from the red drum. A player can win by matching just the red ball, or a combination of the white balls. A player does not need to match all the balls in the order they are drawn in order to win.
Today’s game has a minimum jackpot of $40 million, and each jackpot is guaranteed to raise by $10 million each time the jackpot is unclaimed. The current game has 59 balls in the white drum and 35 balls in the red drum. If a player matches the red Power Ball, they win $4 with regular play and $12 with Power Play. there a total of nine ways to win with Powerball, including the jackpot prize.
The next drawing for America’s favorite jackpot game is tonight, Sept. 18 at 11:oopm EST for a $400 million jackpot. Be sure to watch the live drawing on LotteryHUB. LotteryHUB is free for Apple, Android, and Windows phones and gives you access to your favorite lotteries on the go. Be sure to get your tickets before it’s too late. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play.