Powerball is a big-money lottery game known for record-breaking jackpots. Find information on the latest Powerball numbers below as well as details on the history of the game and how to play Powerball in order to win one of the multimillion-dollar prizes on offer.
Latest Powerball Numbers
History of Powerball
Powerball is one of the biggest lotteries in the United States, with jackpots regularly reaching record-breaking levels. It is operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) in cooperation with 47 different jurisdictions across the country. Today, Powerball is played by millions of Americans who want to beat the odds and win great prizes. With no jackpot cap, the top prize can quickly grow to nine or even ten figures!
The history of this exciting lottery game began in September 1987 when lottery officials from Washington D.C., Iowa, Kansas, Oregon, Rhode Island and West Virginia joined to form the Multi-State Lottery Association. In February 1988, they launched a new game called Lotto*America and were joined by other state lotteries over the next four years. Eventually, the game was replaced by Powerball in 1992, with new ball sets and draw machines added on April 19th of that year. The new Powerball game held its first drawing a few days later on April 22nd, with jackpots starting at $2 million.
In July 1996, multiple Powerball drawings were held live at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Special drawings take place across the country to commemorate specific events or anniversaries.
The rules of the game have changed over the last 23 years, with the latest large alteration taking place in early October 2015. The matrix changed and the odds of winning the jackpot lengthened, but the chances of winning any prize increased. This latest change led to the Powerball jackpot reaching $1.58 billion on Wednesday January 13th 2016, the biggest top prize ever to be offered by any lottery around the world.
Anyone who wants to play Powerball needs to be at least 18 years old in most U.S. states. Residents of Nebraska must be at least 19 years old in order to play and residents of Arizona, Iowa or Louisiana must be at least 21 years old.
If you do win a Powerball prize, then you will need to make your claim in the state where you bought your ticket.
You need to purchase a Powerball ticket if you want the chance to win a Powerball prize. Anyone who contacts you out of the blue with the news that you've won the Powerball jackpot is trying to set you up for a scam. Powerball officials will never directly contact a ticket holder to inform them of a lottery win – it is the player's responsibility to get in touch with lottery officials if they think they have a winning ticket. You can't win any sweepstakes, lottery, raffle or competition that you have never entered before.
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