## Powerball - It's America's Game

A multi-state lottery in the United States whose major competitor is currently The Big Game's Mega Millions. Has featured several jackpots in excess of \$100 million, although those were split between multiple winners. A typical jackpot usually ranges between \$30 million and \$40 million.

### States/Territories where you can play Powerball

Note that you do not need to be a resident of these states to play, but you must buy tickets in these states. Border towns often experience runs on tickets shortly after the announcement of a big jackpot.

### How to play

Choose five numbers from a field of 53, and one number (the Powerball) from a field of 42. You can also have the computer choose pseudo-random numbers for you. Each play costs \$1.00. To win, match one of the following combinations. Note that "Any n numbers" does NOT include the number you chose as the Powerball.

1. All 5 numbers and the Powerball: Jackpot (120,526,770 to 1)
2. All 5 numbers but not the Powerball: \$100,000 (2,939,677.32 to 1)
3. Any 4 numbers and the Powerball: \$5,000 (502,194.88 to 1)
4. Any 4 numbers but not the Powerball: \$100 (12,248.66 to 1)
5. Any 3 numbers and the Powerball: \$100 (10,685.00 to 1)
6. Any 3 numbers but not the Powerball: \$7 (260.61 to 1)
7. Any 2 numbers and the Powerball: \$7 (696.85 to 1)
8. Any number and the Powerball: \$4 (123.88 to 1)
9. Just the Powerball: \$3 (70.39 to 1)

An interesting statistical sidenote: notice that although you pick the Powerball from a field of 42, your odds of winning ninth place are about 70 to 1. That's because you have to discount all of the situations where you would win more than \$3 because of additional numbers matched. Only one prize can be won per ticket.

Good luck!

Editors Note - May 15, 2013

In addition, the following States also offer you the chance to become a millioniare via Powerball.

• Arkansas
• California
• Florida
• Georgia
• Idaho
• Illinois
• Maine
• Maryland
• Massachusetts
• Michigan
• New Jersey
• New York
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
• Ohio
• Oklahoma
• Tennessee
• Texas
• Virginia
• Washington
• Residents of Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands are also eligible to play.