The US Powerball is one of the most popular draw-based lottery offerings introducing breathtaking jackpots available across North America. January 13 witnessed a jackpot amounting to some US$550,000,000 and Canadians also had the chance to purchase their tickets for a chance at bagging the hefty prize. It is the largest one for the past two years.
Individuals interested in lottery gaming in the United States have the chance to explore the various games available in every state. They are often unique to the gaming landscape and reflect the preferences of local players when it comes to lottery gaming and general rules. The US Powerball is one of the most popular draw-based games on a national scale and its influence extends to the Great White North.
Some 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, as well as the US Virgin Islands offer this riveting lottery game and they are all coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association making sure that everything goes according to plan and everyone has an equal chance of winning big.
Such has been the case for the past nearly three decades of lottery gaming and Canadians are also in for a treat, as they can purchase their tickets for participation online. This is considered a rather convenient way of lottery gaming, given the distance and the unprecedented situation requiring physical distancing. It should be pointed out that the starting jackpot amounts to some US$20 million, whereas the record one was US$1.59 billion.
The latter was bagged back in January 2016, exactly five years ago by John and Lisa Robinson and it is still the highest ever US Powerball jackpot. However, the jackpot managed to make it through the Wednesday regular draw, as no ticket managed to match the numbers drawn. Those were 4, 19, 23, 25, 49, and the Powerball 14. Since there was no match, the jackpot is going to continue swelling.
Large jackpots guarantee even larger sales of lottery tickets and this is the situation we are in right now. The substantial jackpot is expected to swell even further, potentially reaching US$640 million by this Saturday. This is when the next regular US Powerball draw is going to take place, potentially changing one ticketholder’s life for good. Even though nobody managed to match all six of the numbers, seven tickets matched five of them also making them millionaires.
The upcoming draw will also give Canadians the chance to participate and purchase a lottery ticket ahead of the January 16 draw, giving them the chance to become lottery millionaires. In the meantime, Mega Millions, another very popular lottery offering also witnessed a hefty draw recently. January 12 saw the regular draw introducing a jackpot amounting to some US$615 million.
It happens rarely that both lotto offerings are simultaneously generous. The largest Mega Millions jackpot was a massive US$1.537 billion won by an anonymous winner in October 2018. Friday night is about to see a regular draw returning with a US$750-million jackpot.