How To Play Your American Powerball Lotto Tickets Online:
The American Powerball lottery makes use of two machines drawing two sets of numbers. In this way it is similar to other lotteries like the Mega Millions and Euromillions.
Lottery players need to select:
- 5 numbers from a possible 69 (these are the white numbers)
- 1 number from a possible 26 (these are the red ‘powerballs’)
If a player matches all 6 numbers drawn they will win the jackpot!
Originally players selected 5/45 and 1/45 but this developed over the years to the current system of 5/59 and 1/35 ensuring some truly giant jackpots on offer. On the 7th October, 2015, Powerball changed again to the now current 5/69 and 1/26 number format.
The new and improved game matrix was designed to create more rollovers and even bigger jackpots. At the time of the change, lottery officials estimated that the jackpot could roll over to a never before seen 1 billion Dollars!
This is exactly what happened! On the 13th January, 2016, lotto frenzy hit the globe when the jackpot soared to an incredible $1.5 billion!