Tonight: $227 Million Jackpot up for Grabs in the US PowerballPublished December 23, 2015 by Arthur M
The US Powerball lottery jackpot has rolled over once more, with the main prize this Wednesday 23rd December, being an estimated $227 million.
Most people would be happy with a new tablet computer, coffee machine or even a pair of socks for Christmas, but one person could be around $227 million richer, (minus taxes), by the big day if they win the US Powerball lottery jackpot on Wednesday 23rd December. That would buy a lot of socks, and thanks to online services like TheLotter, PlayHugeLottos and PlayUSALotteries, the winner could come from just about anywhere in the world.
This magic becomes a reality thanks to the advent of online lottery tickets; many all around the world have parted with queuing up at lottery retailers, buying their lottery tickets online. Only recently, a man from Iraq won $6.4 million in the Oregon Lottery by purchasing an online lottery ticket using TheLotter.
About The US Powerball Draw
To win the jackpot, players will have to match 5 numbers from a pool of 69, plus a single Powerball number from a second pool of 26. Tickets cost $2 per entry, but a further $1 PowerPlay option can multiply lower level prizes by up to 5x. Jackpots have reached over the $500 million mark, and are either paid as a lump sum, with taxes due, or with a smaller single payment, followed by further amounts over a number of years, which in the long term will result in a bigger payout. The draws are held in Tallahassee Florida, and the cut-off time for buying tickets is 10PM EST on the night.
Anyone buying online needs to note the time difference, as Florida is 5 hours behind the U.K., 6 hours behind mainland Europe and of course, 3 hours ahead of California.
Online services work by players choosing numbers and purchasing tickets from wherever they may be, and should they win a prize, it will be forwarded to their bank account. If a major win is hit, they can even collect the prize in person.