Everybody’s favourite American lottery, Powerball, is climbing back into the stratosphere with a Wednesday jackpot amount of $260 million USD.
American Powerball had an absolutely fantastic 2012 and finished the year on a massive high. How high? Try $580 million USD on for size. 28th November saw 2 lucky ticket holders split this amazing, record-breaking jackpot amount.
With the jackpot now sitting at nearly half its record amount the question on all our lips is: will one of us take home $260 million on Wednesday night OR will the jackpot carry on climbing even higher.
Why American Powerball?
You may be wondering why we constantly emphasis the fact that it’s the ‘American’ Powerball? Well that’s because there are many lottery games around the world that go by the name of Powerball. These include the South African Powerball, the New Zealand Powerball and, of course, the Australian Powerball.
What they all have in common, besides the excitement of millions of Dollars up for grabs, is the number selection and draw methods. Players need to choose from two ball sets. One set contains the lottery numbers, the other set contains the Powerball. Depending on which Powerball game it is, the number of balls you need to pick, along with the total number of balls in each set will vary.
American Powerball requires 5 numbers from a possible 59 and the Powerball needs to be selected from a possible 35 numbers.
Australian Powerball very recently revamped their number selection process. Players now need to choose 6 numbers from 40 and the Powerball number from a possible 20.
The Biggest Powerball Of Them All
Although all these games are all world-class lottery games none of them close to the epic stature of the jackpots on offer from the American Powerball, it is thus in a league of its own. In fact, it’s officially the 2nd biggest lottery game in the world (based on jackpot size). If you want to find out the biggest lottery of all time, click here.
Right now we will consign record-breaking jackpots to the history books and concern ourselves with what is most important in the days ahead: $260 million USD Powerball jackpot this Wednesday!
Take it home!