When hearing the name Powerball, we immediately conjure up images of gigantic jackpot amounts and start dreaming of what we would do with all those millions. But have you ever noticed that there is more than one Powerball lottery in the world. With more and more countries including their very own Powerball lottery as part of their national lottery, certainly goes to show just how successful the brand is and how good the number format really is.
Let’s take a look at the various Powerball lotteries around the world:
Let’s start at the beginning, with the biggest and most notorious Powerball lottery of them all. This American lottery has grown in popularity over its lifespan and is now played by millions of lottery on a regular basis and with record-breaking jackpots ever increasing it’s no wonder why players flock to lottery terminals and play this legendary American Powerball lottery online.
The US Powerball was launched way back in 1988 and was known as "Lotto America". In 1992 the name changed to Powerball. The first official Powerball draw was held on April 19th, 1992. The US Powerball lottery game has evolved over the years and various changes were made to the format. But like everything in life change is always good and many of these changes were in the lottery player’s favour.
Lottery players need to select:
- 5 numbers from a possible 59 (Main numbers)
- 1 number from a possible 35 (Powerball)
A player needs to match all 6 numbers to win the jackpot.
With this week’s USA Powerball jackpot soaring to an incredible 50 million Dollars, you could find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the winning Powerball numbers to be drawn, and who knows, you’re lucky numbers could be the ones that will take you to a brand new life of ultimate luxury.
The Australian Powerball was launched in 1996 with the very first draw taking place on the 23rd May 1996. This lottery was originally modelled on the American Powerball lottery and followed a very similar format. In March 2013 the game format was updated to incorporate a total of 7 numbers. The Oz Powerball lottery uses 2 separate barrels and players must choose 2 separate sets of numbers – main numbers and the Powerball number.
To play the Australian Powerball game lottery players need to select a total of 7 numbers.
- 6 from a possible 40 (the standard numbers)
- 1 from a possible 20 (the Powerball number)
South African Powerball
Another Powerball can be found in South Africa and has created 78 millionaires since its first introduction to the South African lottery world.
The SA Powerball has a strong international reputation for generating enormous jackpots through top prize rollovers.
The SA Powerball works the same as the American version with players selecting 5 main numbers and 1 Bonus ball. If all six numbers match the numbered balls drawn they win the jackpot.
The next Lotto game draw will be taking place on Saturday, 6 December with an estimated R18,000,000 jackpot prize.
New Zealand Powerball
The New Zealand Powerball is another version of the US Powerball and also offers huge jackpots and secondary prize categories. The New Zealand Powerball draw takes place every Saturday.
The biggest individual prize won by a NZ Powerball player was on the 28th September 2013 and was worth NZD $33 million. The record jackpot was won on April 9th, 2011, when the NZ Powerball reached its NZ$ 30 million cap and announced a "Must be Won" draw. After extensive promoting and increased sales, the NZ Powerball jackpot reached NZ $35 million, and was won by two lucky players.
In recent NZ Powerball news, a couple from Hamilton, New Zealand have eventually come forward to claim the NZ Powerball jackpot that was won more than a week ago. The couple who have not yet provided their full identities to the public apparently had no idea that they had in fact scooped the jackpot.
It was while having lunch with a couple of their friends, that they found out that someone had won the NZ Powerball jackpot. One of the mates joked around saying that they could possibly be the jackpot winners as it was over a week with no one having claimed the win and the fact that they had still not double checked their ticket could more than likely mean they were New Zealand’s newest multimillionaires!
When his friend told him the winning ticket had been purchased at the very same store he had got his ticket, they kept on joking around with him, asking him, ‘Are you the winner?’
When he got home, however, he immediately did check his ticket and Finally was absolutely stunned when you saw that he was in fact the NZ Powerball jackpot winner. Together with his partner, they then drove from Hamilton to Lotto New Zealand’s head office in Auckland with their precious ticket, never letting it out of their sight.
After claiming their Powerball jackpot prize, the couple celebrated with their family at the ‘poshest’ restaurant in Auckland. They told lottery officials that they have no firm plans for their $16.2 million lottery prize. “We’ve got the rest of our lives to work that out,” said the winners.
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