The Powerball jackpot increased to $1.9 billion, making it the largest in its history. If you are thinking of buying a ticket, keep in mind that these are the numbers you need to win.
First of all, a review of how the popular lottery in the United States works: you have to choose five numbers between 1 and 69 for the white balls, and one between 1 and 26 for the red Powerball ball (you can choose them in the ballots or that the lottery terminal you go to choose them at random).
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To win the jackpot you must match the five numbers on the white balls and the red ball of Powerball. The odds, according to the lottery, are somewhat less than one in 292 million.
(If someone wins the jackpot, they can choose between receiving 30 payments over 29 years or a single payment, according to a Powerball press release. The cash value of the prize will be about $929 million.)
Matching all the numbers is not the only way to get a prize. Here are other combinations with three and two balls, and an option with one, that will also give you a reward, although infinitely less.
If you match three numbers on the white balls you get $7. The odds are about one in 579.
If you match two numbers of the white balls plus the number of the red ball of Powerball you also get a prize of US$7. The odds of this happening are less: 1 in 701.
If you hit a white ball and the Powerball ball you take US $ 4. The chances of reaching this prize are significantly higher: approximately 1 in 92.
Matching just the Powerball also wins $4. This is the prize you are most likely to win (1 in 38).
This means if you get 1 or 2 white balls but miss the red Powerball ball you don’t get a reward.
An important clarification on a frequently asked question: the order in which you choose the numbers of the white balls must not coincide with the order in which they appear in the draw to win. If enough numbers match to get a prize, you will do so regardless of the order factor.
Remember that if you are in the United States but do not live there you can also try your luck: it is not necessary to be a US citizen or resident to play Powerball.
And that the odds of winning a prize are the same in all draws, regardless of the value of the jackpot and the number of tickets sold.