Tonight: Powerball Drawing for $236 Million Jackpot

Published November 9, 2016 by Arthur M

Tonight: Powerball Drawing for $236 Million Jackpot

Wednesday 9th November sees the next Powerball lottery draw, and it's a big one, with a jackpot that's rolled over to an estimated $236 million.

There's a current estimated jackpot of $236 million with the next Powerball lottery draw that's due to take place at 11.00 p.m. on Wednesday November 9th. It's come about because no-one has matched all the numbers since September 17th and now that online ticket services have opened national lotteries to a worldwide player base, this huge prize could be heading to someone from outside the USA.

Playing Powerball

The Powerball is a simple 5 + 1 game where players are aiming to match 5 white balls from 69 and a single red Powerball from 26. It costs $2 for each attempt, although for an extra $1 players can take up the PowerPlay option which multiplies wins below $1 million by up to five times. $1 million prizes which are won by matching the 5 white numbers are doubled in value.

There are 9 prize levels in total and players will get $4 back for matching a single white ball and the Powerball, or even just the Powerball on its own.

Claiming The Jackpot

Jackpots can either be paid out in annual instalments, with a 5% increase each year to counter the effects of inflation, or if players want to take the more popular option of a lump sum, they will need to pay US taxes on their prize. The cash value of Wednesdays jackpot is estimated to be $152.6 million, which is still a pretty nice prize.

Playing Online

Ticket buying services, where local agents purchase the tickets on behalf of international customers, have recently transformed the way lotteries can be played. Sites such as TheLotter, Play Huge Lottos and Play USA Lotteries feature all of the biggest draws from around the world, giving people the chance to enter multiple games without leaving home.

When the next Powerball draw is made on Wednesday night, the prize could go anywhere, although everyone who enters needs to consider the time difference between the US East Coast where the draw takes place, and the local time.

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