The Powerball lottery is without a doubt, the most renowned lottery game not just in all of the United States, but all around the world as well.
This means everyone from every corner of the world can participate in an attempt to win the Powerball lottery.
If you want to know more about the Powerball lottery, and what goes on behind it, perhaps even increase your chances of winning, then we might be able to help you out a little bit with this article.
Regular lottery players can play every Wednesday and Saturday at approximately 10:50 p.m. ET. The Powerball lottery is also called a 5/69 lottery, wherein flares have to pick out five numbers from a set of 1 to 69 numbers as well as a red ball number from a set of 1 to 26 numbers.
In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the most interesting facts about the Powerball lottery.
Maybe one of these facts can even help boost your chances of winning the Powerball lottery down the line, if even if it’s just a little bit.
1. The State That Has Had the Most Lottery Winners
Indiana is the US state that has at the most number of winners compared to others. According to MUSL’s (Multi-State Lottery Association) data, the state holds the most number of winners of the Powerball lottery.
Indiana has been participating in the Powerball lottery since 1992 and to this day, there are over 39 winners overall.
Besides that, other states have also joined Indiana when it comes down to the most number of lottery winners.
For example, California, after joining in the race of the Powerball lottery back in 2013, has over eight jackpot winners as of now.
Therefore, we would recommend that you take a trip down to either of these two states to know what it’s like to be a winner. Maybe some of the atmosphere in those areas will rub off on you.
2. How Much Should Winners Get Out of the Jackpot?
Anyone who goes on to win the Powerball lottery should get about a third of the jackpot winnings that are advertised for the cash payout, according to Tracey Cohen, the DC Lottery’s interim executive director.
At present, the jackpot is approximately $1.5 billion with the cash option being at $930 million. But where does the rest of the money go? It’s taken by the state, city, and federal taxes based on the area where the ticket was bought and where the lottery winner resides.
3. The Last Biggest Powerball Lottery Jackpot Amount
Before the 2019 1.5 billion dollar jackpot, the last biggest Powerball lottery amount was $590.5 million, and the winner of that lottery was an 84-year-old woman from Florida.
4. Luckiest Numbers
Normally, most people consider the number 13 to be unlucky, but not so much with Powerball. As a matter of fact, the number 13 is a frequent number with the red Powerball ball.
Besides that, 13 and 19 are the most recurring numbers that appear as the red Powerball ball. Besides that, MUSL data reveals that the top 5 primary Powerball draw numbers are usually 16, 26, 22, 32, and 41.
Number 26 has appeared approximately 275 times, which makes it the most frequent number that has appeared in the Powerball lottery.
5. Very Tough Chances of Winning
You probably already knew this, but the odds of winning the Powerball lottery, which is by matching all of the 5 white balls as well as the red Powerball are one in 292 million. you have a better chance of being struck by lightning – that too twice.
Besides that, you have a far better chance of being drafted in the NFL or the NBA.
6. What do the Stores That Sell the Winning Lottery Ticket Get in Return?
According to Tracy Cohen, the store that sold the winning lottery ticket will get a $25,000 bonus from the Powerball lottery. This money won’t be taken from the winning jackpot amount but from regular cash and commissions and ticket sales that the lottery rounds up from every ticket that’s been sold.
In Washington DC, however, the sellers of the winning ticket won’t get any bonus for whatever reason.
7. The Possibility of Winning Fat Stacks
Another interesting fact about the Powerball lottery is that the amount always starts at $40 million and there’s no end on how much the amount can increase from thereon.
So far, the highest amount that the lottery has reached up to has been $15 billion. We want you to imagine what it would be like to win over $40 million? Is that a fat stack or what?
$40 million may be a smaller amount compared to $1.5 billion, but you wouldn’t think so when comparing it to Washington, DC’s Smithsonian Institution. That’s because if you make a huge pile out of only $100 bills, you’ll see that the money is exactly as tall as the Smithsonian Institution. You obviously wouldn’t think anything less of $40 million after that now, would you?
8. 110 People Won the Powerball Drawing Because of a Fortune Cookie
In 2005, it was reported that over 110 people had won the Powerball second prize drawing and had to split the reward, which was $19.4 million between themselves. At first, there was suspicion of fraud, but it later turned out that the recipients had played numbers in a wonton fortune cookie that was printed on thousands of other fortunes. That fortune read: “all the preparation you’ve done will finally be paying off”.