Three Powerball Drawings a Week From August 23Thursday March 11th 2021
Powerball will soon be played three times a week, with a Monday drawing added to the calendar from August 23. Lucky for Life is also going daily from July.
Powerball Moves to Monday
The news of a third weekly Powerball drawing has been announced by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which helps to administer games that are offered in more than one jurisdiction.
Drawings have taken place every Wednesday and Saturday since Powerball began in April 1992, and the game has reached record-breaking jackpot levels within that set-up. A top prize of $1.58 billion was split three ways in January 2016 – the largest lottery payout seen anywhere in the world.
The introduction of a Monday drawing will see players given the chance to aim for huge jackpot even more regularly.
Drawings will continue to be held on Saturdays and Wednesdays. The winning numbers will be selected at 10:59pm Eastern Time on all three nights, from the Powerball draw studio at the Florida Lottery in Tallahassee.
Idaho’s Powerball Future in Doubt
There will be no other changes to the way the game is played or the prizes offered, although tickets are set to stop being sold in Idaho following a vote by the state’s lawmakers.
With the MUSL reportedly ready to expand Powerball to a couple of countries overseas, Idaho’s future participation was left in doubt as current laws forbid lottery games from going on sale in the state if they are played outside USA and Canada.
Idaho Lottery officials had pushed for that law to change, highlighting the importance of the money raised from Powerball ticket sales. It is estimated that the game generates about $28 million in sales in the state every year, with schools receiving around $14 million annually.
Legislators voted against a bill to change the law so at the moment there is the prospect that Powerball will lose one of its participating states. However, the game remains available for now and talks are ongoing before Idaho’s involvement comes to an end on August 23.
Lucky for Life Draws Every Day
As well as being able to play Powerball three times a week from August, lottery fans will also be able to take part in Lucky for Life every day from Monday, July 19.
The game is currently played twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, with draws taking place at 10:38pm Eastern Time in Connecticut. The draw times will stay the same but it will now be held daily.
Lucky for Life is played in 25 states, plus the District of Columbia, and has a jackpot of $1,000 a day for life if you match all the numbers.Latest News