Powerball number checking is going to happen all over the nation following reports that the Powerball jackpot could reach $1 billion, as reported by the Washington Post.
As of this writing, the official Powerball website reports an estimated Powerball jackpot of $800 million Friday morning, already usurping the $700 million estimates. The sign that greeted travelers on the highway near downtown Chicago is an electronic billboard that has likely been updated to reflect the ever-increasing jackpot totals of the current Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries. Taken on Thursday, January 8 in Chicago, the photo’s subject matter will no doubt change several times before Saturday.
The $800 million Powerball jackpot would represent a $496 million cash value. However, since the Powerball lottery jackpot jumped from $675 million to $700 million to $800 million so quickly, Powerball lottery analyzers are wondering if the winning Powerball jackpot could swell to $1 billion by the time the Powerball cutoff time arises on Saturday, January 6.
When certain websites pontificate the lottery reaching $1 billion by Saturday, some are combining the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery jackpots in those estimates, 24/7 Wall St reported.
Either way, these Powerball totals are history-making headlines in America, with almost $1 billion at stake to be given away to a single winner or several winners in the Powerball drawing on Saturday and the Mega Millions lottery drawing on Friday. The combined totals for both lotteries could end up more than $1 billion if there are no winners for the two lotteries.
All of the Powerball lottery excitement has caused websites like Lotto Numbers to report the most popular Powerball numbers that have produced winners.
They list, as of this writing, 26, 41, 22, 16, 42, and 35 as the most common Powerball numbers.
The Powerball analyzing website, which also analyzes other lotteries, explains how they derive their “Most Common Powerball Numbers.”
“This page shows a breakdown of the 18 most common Powerball numbers from the main draw, as well as the 18 most commonly drawn Powerball numbers from the separate powerball ball set, ordered by frequency with the most common at the top.”
However, this differs from the most common winning numbers reported by ABC News, which analyzed Powerball winning numbers as well. Therefore, perhaps a combination of all of the most winning Powerball numbers might work — or picking your own or allowing the computer to do so.
“If you opt to pick your own numbers, you might want to include 8, 54, 14, 39 and 13. These numbers are the most frequently drawn numbers, according to an ABC News analysis of past winning Powerball tickets.”
Along with noting the most of their Powerball players choose to buy Quick Picks, the winning Powerball numbers are explained further on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Powerball website.
“About 70% to 80% of purchases are computer picks. Perhaps just one of those weird coincidences?”
Powerball fever seems to have struck around the world, well past those in the U.S. who are interested in all things Powerball. Even French sites like Tirage Gagnant are getting in on the Powerball winning fun. They created the following graphic to give lottery players a visually interesting way to see where the top 10 biggest winners in the Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries hail from around America.
On Twitter, a search for Powerball turns up articles about clues to previous Powerball wins, as well as information about how much the Powerball lottery total is soaring in the hours prior to the lottery drawing.
Record Powerball jackpot climbs to $800 million as sales soar in days before the drawing: https://t.co/R2eBiedDYF— The Associated Press (@AP) January 8, 2016
Expect more photos of long lines of customers hoping to get their share of $800 million or as much a $1 billion when all is said and done in the Powerball drawing that’s making history with huge totals.
[Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast/AP]