The Powerball jackpot has reached $189 million for tonight’s drawing that takes place live from the Florida Lottery studios at 11 p.m. ET. Excitement continues to mount as the Powerball jackpot grows, and many people have expressed anticipation that the jackpot will reach $1 billion like it did on January 13.
Powerball underwent changes to the game in October 2015 that have resulted in larger jackpots. No one has won the Powerball jackpot since three winning tickets were sold for the epic $1.58 billion jackpot on January 13. The three winning tickets were sold in Florida, California, and Tennessee. To date, only the Tennessee winners have come forward. They are John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee. A press conference will be held this afternoon, where the Florida winners will be announced.
— Mary Turner (@thesaleswhopper) February 7, 2016
As the California Powerball winner has yet to come forward, there have been several rumors circulating social media networks saying the winner met an untimely demise. The rumors circulated several days after the epic January 13 Powerball drawing and stated that a man came forward, claimed his winnings, then took a loan against the amount. He bought a mansion, large amounts of cocaine, and partied until he overdosed while surrounded by hookers who did nothing to help but watched the dreadful sight. To date, the California winner has yet to come forward to claim his, hers, or their prize.
— Mary Turner (@thesaleswhopper) February 5, 2016
Some people say they only play jackpot lottery games once the jackpot hits a certain amount. Both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots have surpassed $100 million, making this a great time to play America’s most popular lottery games.
Powerball is played in 44 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is operated by the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL). The game consists of choosing five white balls and one red Power Ball.
Powerball jackpot drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday, live from the Florida Studios, at 11 p.m. ET. The host spins a drum, and there are 69 white balls and 26 red balls. Five white balls and the one red ball make up the winning numbers. Players purchase a Powerball ticket for $2 a piece. You will select five white numbers and one Power Ball number. You can also choose to let the computer randomly select the numbers on your ticket through a Quick Pick or Easy Pick ticket. More Easy Pick tickets are winning jackpots and non-jackpot prizes, showing this is a valid way to play and win lottery jackpot games like Powerball and Mega Millions. You win the jackpot by matching all five white balls and the red Power Ball. Those who match all five white balls without the Power Ball win $1 million.
When you purchase your ticket, you have the option to add the Power Play Multiplier. This is a number drawn during the drawing and varies between 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, and 10x. The Power Play multiplies the amount of non-jackpot winnings and can turn a $50,000 Powerball win into $500,000 if the 10x Power Play Multiplier was used and drawn.
Because of the tendency for Powerball jackpots to climb so high and for non-jackpot wins to also become large through the use of the Power Play, Powerball is known to spark nationwide fever at times. During the January 13 drawing, people crossed state and national borders in order to participate in the game, and many people chose to stand for hours in long lines that winded out of retailer’s locations and down sidewalks. Some lines extended around blocks, but people didn’t mind or complain. Many people love to have their chance at winning the Powerball jackpot and becoming a millionaire.
How about you? Are you going to play in tonight’s game and try your luck at the $189 million jackpot? Check back tonight at 11 p.m. ET, as we’ll have the live Powerball drawing video for you as well as the winning number’s results. Good luck!
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