Are you feeling lucky? Saturday’s Powerball jackpot has hit $337 million and excitement for the game is brewing. The last grand-prize winning ticket was the April 1, 2017, game. The jackpot was $60 million and the prize remains unclaimed. Since April 1, the jackpot has steadily climbed, and while numerous winners have collected cash rewards, the jackpot has been left untouched. Climbing steadily, the Powerball jackpot has soared to an estimated $337 million (the amount varies according to the number of tickets sold pre-drawing) with an estimated cash payout of $209.1 million. Whenever the Powerball jackpot climbs past $200 million, Powerball fever begins to spread. Will there be a jackpot winner in tonight’s game or are record-breaking jackpot’s in Powerball’s future?
Powerball is a multi-state lottery game, meaning each state sets their time of play as well as rules for collecting lottery prizes. Check with your local state lottery for information regarding what time you need to purchase your Powerball tickets by in order for them to count towards the June 3, 2017, drawing.
Though each state sets the rules for their lottery games such as Powerball, there are certain things that are the same regardless of where the game is played. You should always sign the back of your Powerball tickets immediately and keep them in a safe place. There could be any reason why a Powerball jackpot, such as the April 1 winning prize, remains unclaimed. Losing your ticket, however, should never be a good reason for missing out on millions. Once you purchase your ticket, sign the back immediately. This removes any question of who the correct owner is. You’d be surprised how many times a winning ticket has been stolen or forged with a fake signature simply because the purchaser failed to sign it immediately. Once signed, store your ticket in a safe place where you won’t lose it.
Powerball is one of the most popular lottery games and that’s attributed to the ease of play, low cost of tickets, and large payout prizes. A Powerball ticket costs $2 and you can add on a PowerPlay option (in some select states) that will multiply most prizes (the jackpot is ineligible) and raises the payout for match five prizes from $1 million to $2 million. The Power Play option costs $1 and can vastly increase the payout of prizes such as the $50,000. If the Power Play is 5, your payout would increase to $250,000, all for the cost of an additional dollar.
Powerball is played by selecting five numbers (five white balls) between the numbers 1 and 69. You will select an additional number between 1 and 26 for the Powerball (the red ball). Any ticket that matches the red Powerball wins a prize. There are nine ways to win at Powerball and odds vary. The odds of winning the grand-prize, Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.00.
Watch Powerball Drawing Live for $337 Million Jackpot
Powerball drawings are held live every Saturday and Wednesday from the Florida Lottery Studios located in Tallahassee. The drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. ET and are streamed live across the nation via news broadcasts and the official Powerball website via YouTube. You can watch the latest Powerball drawing as the winning jackpot numbers are read in the playlist below. The player will automatically update with the latest winning numbers as they are announced live and on air.
There are two ways to play Powerball. One is to pick your own numbers and the other is to let the computer choose numbers for you via Quick Pick. Many winning lottery tickets, including the grand-prize, have been with Quick Pick tickets. As the Inquisitr reported, Lisa and John Robinson, who won part of the billion-dollar Powerball jackpot in January 2016, used a Quick Pick ticket.
Are you going to play Powerball tonight and try your luck for the $337 million jackpot?
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