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Powerball jackpot tops $1 billion [VIDEO]: How to play, Quick Pick generator; your odds. The world's largest lottery jackpot has grown to $1.5 billion because of continuing strong Powerball ticket sales.
No one matched all six Powerball numbers on Saturday night, leading to the current ginormous prize. Here are a few questions and answers about the Powerball lottery game.
You choose five numbers between 1 and 69, then one "Powerball" number between 1 and 26. The drawing consists of five "white" balls being drawn, then one "red" ball -- the Powerball â€“ being chosen.
How do you win?
There are a few ways. Match all the "white" numbers and match the Powerball and you win the grand prize. In Wednesday's case, approximately $1.5 billion. Match five numbers without the Powerball and win $1 million; match four plus the Powerball and you get $50,000; match three and the Powerball and you get $100; match three without the Powerball and you get $7; match two and the Powerball and you get $7; match one and the Powerball and you get $4; match the Powerball and you get $4.
How much does it cost?
Tickets are $2. You can "upgrade" the ticket to something that increases the potential prize amounts. Itâ€™s called a "Power Play" and it costs an addition $1 per ticket.
Which states participate in Powerball?
Only six states in the United States do not participate in Powerball. You cannot buy Powerball tickets in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada or Utah.
What are the odds of winning the Powerball?
According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, your odds of matching all the winning Powerball numbers are 1 in 292.2 million.
Since the odds are so astronomical go here to utilize a lottery number generator that uses a mixture of astrology and numerology to generate the luckiest numbers there are at that point in time.
LotteryUSA writes: "The numbers that appear are generated by the position of the eight planets (as well as the Moon and the Sun).
The ever-changing nature of these planets means that the numbers are constantly changing. Each planet has a number assigned to it and these are widely accepted among modern astrologers as the best way to generate lucky lottery numbers."
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