Julia Mills is Overseas Subscribers Agents' news and information administrator for North and South American lotteries.
USA Powerball is one of America's two big Mega-Jackpot games. The biggest Powerball jackpot ever produced was the $1.586 Billion prize that put the whole world in a craze last 2016. To date, Powerball is the record holder for producing the world’s biggest lottery jackpot.
Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time, five white balls (the main numbers) are drawn out of a drum with 69 balls and one red ball (the Powerball) out of a drum with 26 red balls. Players win the jackpot by matching all five white balls (in any order) PLUS the red Powerball. Players can expect a minimum draw jackpot of $40 Million. This amount keeps rolling over until someone finally matches the winning numbers. Powerball offers an average jackpot of $225 Million, and gives away roughly 6,000 cash prize winners each week. Besides the massive first prize winnings it also offers $1 million in second prizes and better overall odds of winning - 1 in 24.87.USA Powerball jackpots are huge, with a combined profit from 45 participating states in the US contributing to create some of the world's biggest cash prizes.