Tonight: $149 Million Jackpot up for Grabs at the US PowerballPublished September 9, 2015 by Arthur M
With no jackpot winners last week, the U.S. Powerball lottery draw this Wednesday will carry a prize estimated to be at $149 million.
We've been reporting on the U.S. Powerball lottery jackpot over the last few weeks, as it's rolled over several times to what is now an estimated $149,000,000. Last week it had gone from $100 million to $120 million, so it's clear that more and more players are buying their tickets to this massive draw that takes place at 11pm / 4am UK time this Wednesday 9th September.
With online lottery ticket services such as The Lotter and Play USA Lotteries now available, this and all the other biggest draws are opened up to a worldwide audience, with players able to pick their numbers and have local agents purchase tickets on their behalf.
How The Powerball Works
You can scoop the jackpot by matching five numbers from 59, plus picking the single correct Powerball number from a pool of 35. Secondary prizes include $1,000,000 for matching the five main numbers, while just three correct picks is enough to win a small consolation prize.
The Powerball runs across 44 U.S. states, plus outlying territories like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and has a base jackpot of $40,000,000, which understandably attracts a huge number of players. Play costs $2, or $3 with the optional Power Play which increases the chance of a $1,000,000 win, with a reduced chance of hitting the main jackpot.
Draws take place in Tallahassee Florida on Wednesday and Saturday at 11P.M. local time which translates as 4A.M. Thursday and Sunday in the U.K. or an hour later in mainland Europe, so this needs to be taken into account when timing the purchase of your tickets.
Jackpot winners can choose to take a lump sum or be paid in 30 annual instalments, with each payment being slightly more than the last to counter inflation, and when you buy tickets via The Lotter, you will be able to have winnings transferred to a chosen bank account, or even collect major prizes in person.