Monday’s will never be the same again, as the US Powerball lottery has added a Monday draw giving Powerball lottery players a third chance to win big!
When does the US Powerball Monday day start?
The first US Powerball Monday draw starts on August 23rd 2021.
Currently, the US Powerball winning lottery numbers are drawn on Wednesday and Saturday nights but that all about to change from this Monday, marking the first time the game will expand beyond two weekly drawings since it was launched 29 years ago. Drawings will continue to take place at 10:59 p.m.
Will the Powerball lottery game basics stay the same?
The US Powerball game's basics are not changing. Powerball lottery players will still need to choose (5) five numbers from 1 to 69 and (1) one Powerball number from 1 to 26.
The first five regular numbers, which are white balls, are drawn out of a drum with 69 balls; one Powerball (red ball) is drawn from a separate drum with 26 balls.
To win the jackpot prize, you need to hit all five numbers (white balls) in any order and the red Powerball.
The addition of the Powerball Monday draw will result in bigger jackpots
The addition of Monday US Powerball drawings will result in bigger, faster-growing jackpots, in addition to increasing the number of cash prizes and jackpots awarded on an annual basis.
Will the chance of winning Powerball change?
Adding a third US Powerball drawing on a Monday won’t change the Powerball game odds or set cash prizes. There is a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning any of the prizes when the advertised jackpot is $40 million and it stays the same the larger the pot gets.
Odds of winning the jackpot, however, is 1 in 292.2 million, and the odds of winning $1 million are 1 in 11.7 million.
Powerball rules and number changes over the years
April 19th 1992
US Powerball lottery tickets went on sale for the first time on April 19th 1992, following the decision to rebrand the original Lotto America and since then this incredible US lotto game has grown to become the giant lottery that it is today.
The first change happened in conjunction with the launch of the Powerball from Lotto America. Instead of using one drum, two drums to draw numbers were used.
The Powerball rules at the time required players to select five main numbers out of a selection of 45 and one separate Powerball from a different set of 45. Interestingly, the very first Powerball draw in this format in 1992 produced a $5.9 million winner.
1997 – 2009
From November 5th 1997, players were required to pick five main numbers from 1 to 49 and a Powerball from 1 to 42. The minimum jackpot was increased to $10 million.
In 1998 the game changed again, with the number of main balls increased to 53.
August 31st 2005 saw another number format change when the number of main balls increased to 55 and the starting jackpot increased to $15 million.
On January 7th 2009 the main numbers increased again and players were required to select five main balls from a choice of 59 and a Powerball from a pool of 39 numbers. The minimum jackpot was increased to $20 million.
In 2010 the number of participating lotteries increased up to a total of 32. An agreement was then reached between the MUSL and the Mega Millions consortium to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball. Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Ohio and the U.S Virgin Islands joined the Powerball family in 2010.
2012 – 2015
The minimum Powerball jackpot doubled to $40 million on January 4th 2012. The number of main balls stayed at 59, but the pool of Powerball numbers was reduced to 35 to increase the odds of winning the jackpot.
On October 7th 2015, the matrix required players to select five main numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball from 1 to 26.
2016 – 2019
The game's changes and ongoing popularity have aided in the creation of several gigantic payouts, and Powerball is responsible for the world's largest lottery jackpot.
In January 2016, three lucky ticket holders split a record-breaking $1.58 billion jackpot. Tennessee's John and Lisa Munford, Florida's David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith, and California's Marvin and Mae Acosta of California walked away with $528.8 million apiece.
In March 2019, a Wisconsin resident was the sole winner of the Powerball jackpot, winning a colossal $768.4 million - the largest single-ticket jackpot prize in Powerball history.
August 23rd 2021
The latest Powerball lottery change is a third-weekly draw taking place every Monday, giving Powerball lottery players from all over the world more chances to win the jackpot.
More people are winning with Powerball as a result of all of these historic changes to the game as it’s one of the few lotto games with multiple ways to win and even more ways to walk away with incredible windfalls.
Will Mega Millions be making any changes in the future?
With the American Powerball making a significant change, lottery players will be wondering if Mega Millions will also be considering adding an extra draw.
President of the Mega Millions Consortium and director of the Ohio Lottery, Pat McDonald said they are evaluating ways to remain “on the forefront of consumers’ minds” but at the moment don’t plan to add more drawings.
As seasoned US Powerball players on PlayUSALotteries.com will know, the American Powerball is always searching for a new way to bring excitement, hope, and winning opportunities.
Be part of the Powerball lottery jackpot action and buy a Powerball ticket for Monday 23 August today!