The history of Powerball

Powerball is an American lottery that was formed 25 years ago, on April 19 1992, by the Multi-State Lottery Association (or MUSL), a non-profit organization formed by an agreement with US lotteries. 

MUSL was created to facilitate the operation of multi-jurisdictional lottery games. You can play Powerball in 44 states in the USA, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. 

Thanks to the world wide web and FatCatLottos, you can also play this iconic lottery from the comfort of your own home or via your mobile device. 

Powerball boasts a minimum jackpot of $40 million. When it was launched in 1992, it was the first game to use two drums. By using two-drums, the Powerball could offer a higher jackpot and more prize tiers. The two-drum concept has since been adopted by other lotteries, including Mega Millions, EuroJackpot and EuroMillions. 

On January 13, 2016, Powerball produced the largest lottery jackpot in history; $1.6 billion which was was shared by three winners - Marvin and Mae Acosta from California; Lisa and John Robinson from Tennessee; and the Nickel 95 Trust from Florida (the trustee is Maureen Smith). All three winners elected to take a lump sum cash payment of $327,835,000.

Maureen and David Kaltschmidt

In the years to follow, Powerball grew larger, the rules were tweaked and more states joined. 

Drawings for this giant lottery are held every Wednesday and Saturday, and the official cut-off for ticket sales is 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Powerball-style lotteries are now available in other countries too: 

The South African Powerball draws 5 main numbers from a range of 45 and 1 Powerball number from a range of 20 numbers. The South African Powerball has 8 prize categories and  draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Australian Powerball draws 6 main numbers from a range of 40 and 1 Powerball number from a range of 20 numbers. The OZ Powerball has 8 prize categories. Draws take place on Thursdays.

The New Zealand Powerball draws 6 main numbers from a range of 40 and 1 Powerball number from a range of 10 numbers. The NZ Powerball has 12 prize categories. Draws take place on Saturdays.

Did you know?

· 50% of the money made from sold lottery tickets is used to pay all the winners in every category. That’s a lot of money and you could be one of these people come Saturday. 40% goes toward charitable causes and only about 10% to the retailer where the winning lottery ticket was purchased.

· The state with the highest number of Powerball winners is Indiana with 39 jackpot winners to date. The least amount goes to Arkansas with only one winner.

· The first ever winning ticket of the Powerball jackpot was sold in Indiana and claimed by Bert Morlan. He won $5,989,205.

This weekend the powerhouse of lotteries is giving away $455 Million, so make sure you get your tickets! 

Best of luck

The PlayHugeLottos Team



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