Florida Powerball LaunchedThursday January 8th 2009
The state of Florida became the latest to offer the Powerball lottery on Wednesday 07 January, 2009. The game was launched at the Universal Orlando Resort and welcomed by Floridian lottery enthusiasts with open arms.
Powerball is a incredibly popular multi-state lottery which is now played in thirty states, with the latest addition of Florida being the largest. Players are required to select five main numbers from the range 1 to 59 and one Powerball number from the range 1 to 39. Players can opt for a Quick Pick if they would prefer their numbers to be generated at random.
The Powerball jackpot on Wednesday 07 January was worth over $105 million, and although tickets for the draw only went on sale in Florida a few days beforehand, lottery players were keen to get involved even though the odds of winning the top prize are just 1 in 195 million.
Now that the Powerball lottery has the large state of Florida on board, jackpots will undoubtedly increase in size, and this will be of benefit to everyone who plays. Whether it has any impact on the popularity of Mega Millions – the other big multi-state lottery game – remains to be seen.