$235 Million Up For Grabs in Tonight's US Powerball DrawPublished September 23, 2015 by Arthur M
The U.S. Powerball Lottery jackpot has rolled over once more, to a staggering $235,000,000, with the next draw taking place tonight (11pm EST / 4am UKT).
The U.S. Powerball Lottery frequently takes the position of the biggest game on earth, and this week is no exception, with Wednesdays' jackpot estimated to be a massive $235,000,000. It has now rolled over yet again, and when the next draw takes place at 11P.M. EST, (4AM Thursday, UK time), one lucky person could be taking home this fantastic prize.
What tends to happen with massive jackpots is that a greater number of players take an interest, and each time it rolls over, the value jumps more and more, so it's gone from $185,000,000 to this new total in just a couple of draws.
How To Play The U.S. Powerball
$2 buys a Powerball ticket, which has a grid of 59 numbers on it. Players pick six numbers, and to win the jackpot those six need to match the five main numbers, which are drawn from a drum of white balls, and single red Powerball number, which is drawn from a separate drum of 35 balls. Matching just the five white numbers will result in a $1,000,000 prize, although all wins other than the jackpot can be doubled in value if the $1 Power Play option is taken.
If the jackpot is won, the base value is re-set to $40,000,000, and it keeps growing until it's hit, while unlike many others around the world, there is no limit to how big it can get. In May 2012, an 84 year old Florida resident won $590,500,000, making it the biggest ever single ticket prize in history.
Prizes are subject to tax, so a $235,000,000 prize actually equates to a $148,000,000 cash payout, although by choosing to take the win over 29 years, with annual increases, the amount collected will be more.
Buying Tickets Online
With services like The Lotter and Play USA Lotteries available, this and other big games from around the world are open to anyone. Players just pick numbers and buy tickets online, and any winnings are paid directly into a bank account.