It’s Jan. 20, 2016, and that means it’s time for the next Powerball drawing. There wasn’t a winner for Saturday’s Powerball jackpot during the drawing, and that means it’s rolled over to $50 million. As people continue to mourn their loss over the $1.5 billion jackpot, they continue to play the lottery in hopes of winning something. Tonight’s Powerball drawing begins at 10:59 p.m. ET and takes place live from the Florida Lottery studio located in Tallahassee. While the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot caused more people to play Powerball than ever before, changes in the game promise more billion dollar jackpots are in the future. Changes to the game took place in October 2015, and mean more smaller prizes will be won while the jackpot is harder to obtain. That means more jackpots will continue to roll over like tonight’s Powerball jackpot. You can watch tonight’s Powerball drawing live for Jan. 20, 2016, in the video below. The video will update with tonight’s live Powerball drawing.
Here are the Powerball winning numbers for Jan. 20, 2016, and the drawing that occurred live: 5, 39, 44, 47, 69 and the Powerball is 24. Good luck!
Powerball is played in multiple states, including California. According to the California Lottery, the number of chances to win while playing Powerball has changed from 1 in 31.85 to 1 in 24.87. There are more chances to win non-jackpot prizes; however, the odds for winning the Powerball jackpot have increased from 1 in 176 million to 1 in 293 million. The changes are from an increase in the white Powerball numbers and an increase of the red Powerball numbers. The white Powerball numbers used to range from 1 through 59, and now they are between 1 and 69. The red Powerball numbers used to be between 1 and 26. Now the red Powerball numbers range from 1 through 35.
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What do you think about the fact that more billion dollar Powerball jackpots are in the future? The last Powerball billion dollar jackpot sent the nation into a frenzy. People stood in long lines in order to purchase tickets, and Powerball dominated social media networks, daydreams, and work-place conversations. Many dreamt about what they would do should they win a billion dollars. While tonight’s Powerball drawing is for $50 million with a cash value of $31.8 million, there are countless people who want their fair chance at winning that type of cash.
It’s interesting to note that in the past three Powerball drawings, several numbers have been repeated. The winning numbers for 1/16/2016 are: 3, 51, 52, 61, 64 and the Powerball is 6. The winning numbers for 1/13/2016 are: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and the Powerball is 10. For 1/9/2016, the winning numbers are 16, 19, 32, 34, 57 and the Powerball is 13. The numbers 19 and 34 were drawn twice in back-to-back drawings.
While Powerball is a fun game, it is important to remember that it is a game. With more Powerball drawings for billion dollar jackpots on the horizon, there is greater opportunity for people to develop gambling addictions. Those who want to play Powerball on a regular basis should be aware of the potential to develop a gambling addiction. Powerball tickets cost $2 and you can increase your ticket’s winning power by adding a power play. It’s important that you don’t spend money on Powerball drawings and tickets that you can’t afford to lose. This is a different amount for different people. Some people feel as if they can’t afford to lose $2 and never play Powerball. Others are tempted to invest a great deal of money in Powerball tickets, especially when there’s a large jackpot at stake. There were some who bought hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of tickets for the billion dollar jackpot, only to find they won very little. While some recommend buying and playing multiple Powerball tickets to increase your odds of winning, everyone agrees that you should only buy tickets that you can afford from money that comes from the entertainment portion of your budget.
Stay tuned for tonight’s live Powerball drawing and see if you have the winning numbers.
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