When is the next Powerball drawing and where can you buy tickets?
This weekend’s Powerball jackpot is worth $170 million and is expected to receive a lot of interest after the billion-dollar Mega Millions draw on Friday.
National lotteries have received a surge of attention in recent days after the Mega Millions jackpot swelled above $1 billion. It appears that a winning ticket for the Mega Millions was sold in Illinois, meaning that the top prize will fall significantly for the next drawing, but there are other lotteries on offer.
The Powerball jackpot for the next drawing – Monday, Aug. 1 – is an estimated $170 million. As is typical, this headline figure is available for those who are willing to take their winnings in a series of annual payments, the value of the lump sum payment is $100.5 million.
How to play the Powerball lottery?
The Powerball lottery starts with a jackpot of $20 million, just like the Mega Millions, and it increases every time a draw is made without a winner. Entrants must choose six numbers, including one Powerball, and must match all six to the numbers drawn that week.
Five of the number chosen must be between 1 and 69, and the sixth ‘Powerball’ number is between 1 and 26. The Powerball selection can be same as one of the first five numbers because the Powerball number is drawn from a separate pool.
You can pick up a Powerball ticket at any lottery retailer; you can locate your nearest sales point on the Lottery Places app. Each play typically costs $2, with an additional service fee for some online retailers.
Players can also choose to activate the Power Play feature for an extra $1 per ticket. Once added, a multiplier worth up to 10x is added to the jackpot, when the jackpot it $150 million or less. For full details on how the Power Play feature works, check out the guidance on USA Mega.
Powerball remains the largest jackpot ever won
Despite all the headlines generated by the massive Mega Millions drawing in recent weeks, the record for largest ever jackpot win in the US actually goes to Powerball. In January 2016 a jackpot worth $1.586 billion was split between three winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
The most recent Mega Millions jackpot, reportedly landed by a lucky winner in Illinois on Friday, was worth an estimated $1.28 billion. It was only the fourth billion-dollar lottery jackpot in US history, and the second-largest top prize in the Mega Millions’ 20-year history.