Powerball & Mega Millions will go head-to-head in two of Americaâ€™s biggest lottery playing states. This spring will see the welcome addition of California into the Powerball and Florida into the Mega Millions;Â without doubt the two greatest weekly lottery draws in the world.
The Golden State will become the 45th state to play the Powerball and with tickets going on sale April 8th, 2013 they will be just in time for the drawing April 10th, 2013. For too long the good people of California have been dreaming of hitting the huge multi-million jackpots the Powerball has to offer. This year alone there have been two massive winners; $217m won by Dave Honeywell, VA and most recently $338.3m won by Pedro Quezada, NJ on Mar 23.
Californiaâ€™s introduction into the Powerball will be soon followed by The Sunshine State playing Mega Millions for the first time with tickets going on sale May 15th, 2013.Â If you are new to both of these multi-state draws then here are some frequently asked questions that will help you understand the differences between the two games.
Powerball and Mega Millions Frequently Asked Questions
When does the Powerball and Mega Millions draw take place?
Powerball draw takes place on Wednesday and Saturday at approximately 22:59PM ET.
Mega Millions draw takes place on Tuesday and Friday at 9:00PM CT.
What are the Powerball and the Mega Millions record jackpot?
Powerball record jackpot is $587.5 million, which was won on November 28, 2012 and was shared between two ticket holders; Matthew Good from Arizona and Cindy and Mark Hill from Missouri.
Mega Millions record jackpot is $656 million, which was won March 30, 2012 and was shared by 3 winning tickets $218.6 million each by anonymous in Ottawa, KS; Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, IL and The Three Amigos in Milford Mill, MD.
How much does a ticket cost and where can I buy one?
Powerball tickets cost $2 and you can buy them at a retailer or get Powerball tickets on-line.
Mega Millions tickets cost $1 and can be bought from a retailer or get Mega Millions on-line.
What are the odds of hitting jackpot?
Powerball jackpot odds 1:175,223,510
Mega Millions jackpot odds 1:175,711,535
How do I play the Powerball and Mega Millions?
Powerball draw five white balls out of a drum with 59 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 35 red balls. Players can win in one of 9 Ways; the jackpot, won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball. The second prize is won by matching five white balls in any order is $1,000,000 paid in cash and any time you match the red Powerball, you win. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately 1 in 32.
Mega Millions players have to pick six numbers from two pools of numbers – 5 numbers from 1 to 56 and 1 number from 1 to 46; or Players can select Easy Pick. Players win the jackpot by matching all six numbers drawn. As well as the jackpot, there are other prizes from $2 to $250,000.
More Powerball and Mega Millions informationâ€¦
Find more information about how to play the Powerball atÂ www.powerball.netÂ and Mega Millions at www.lottery.net/mega-millionsÂ including latest results, results archive, number generator, statistics, prizes tickets and more FAQs.
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