Tonight: US Powerball Lottery Draws for Huge $400 Million Jackpot

Published January 6, 2016 by Arthur M

Tonight: US Powerball Lottery Draws for Huge $400 Million Jackpot

The jackpot for the US Powerball lottery has rolled over again, and when it's next run on Wednesday 6th January, one ticket could scoop the $400,000,000 main prize.

With no jackpot winners on Saturday 2nd January, the big prize in the US Powerball lottery has rolled over to a massive $400 million. If a single person scooped the jackpot in the next draw on Wednesdays 6th January, they would take home a lump sum prize estimated at $244.8 million, or choose to have it paid out in annuities over 30 years for an overall bigger payout.

About The Powerball Lottery

Co-ordinated by 47 state lotteries, Powerball jackpots are among the biggest in the world. Residents of all US states except Alaska, Alabama, Utah, Nevada, Hawaii and Mississippi can take part, and thanks to online ticket agencies, so can people from many other countries. Play costs $2, with an optional Power Play that multiplies non-jackpot prizes costing a further $1 a ticket. Matching 5 numbers from a main set of 69 white balls, plus a single number from 26 red Powerballs will win the jackpot, and there are 7 or 8 lower level prizes, depending on whether or not the Power Play option was picked.

Jackpots have previously risen to almost $600 million, with the record prize being $590,500,000 which was claimed in May 2013. 84 year old Gloria C. MacKenzie of Zephyrhills Florida chose a lump sum payment of $370,800,000 after buying her ticket at a local supermarket.

Draws take place at 10.59PM EST on Saturday and Wednesday nights in Tallahassee Florida, with the cut-off time for purchasing tickets being 10PM on the night of the draw. Now that online ticket services such as Play Huge Lottos, Play USA Lotteries and The Lotter have opened up this and many others to a worldwide audience, people buying tickets outside of Eastern Time will need to take the time differences into account.

The UK for example, is EST +5 hours, and much of mainland Europe is 6 hours ahead. Online winners can nominate a bank account for the cash to be transferred directly into, or if they scoop a major prize they can choose to collect it in person.

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