Canadians are eager to play Powerball, and it’s not difficult to see why: the American lottery game that launched in 1992 has a minimum jackpot of US$40 million, and has seen a jackpot of over US$1.5 billion, the largest ever in history. And not only are there sky-high jackpots, there are also a number of other winning combinations, as well as options to double, triple, quadruple, and even quintuple your winnings. It’s a game that is part luck and part skill, and it’s developed a devoted base of fans, followers and commentators. In this post, we’ll look at how to start playing America’s finest lottery, from registering your account to choosing your numbers, and even what to do when you win the big jackpot.
Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59pm Eastern Time (that’s 7:59pm for folks on the West Coast), giving you two chances a week, or 104 chances a year to win prizes. After you’ve chosen your numbers (a process that this post will touch on below), you’re going to set up your free online account by registering with your email – a process which you learn more about at Powerball.ca – and then you’re going to top up your account with money in order to start playing Powerball. It’s simple, fast and secure, and even though you’re in Canada, it’s just as easy to play Powerball as it is in the States – maybe even easier.
Next, you’re going to have to pick your numbers – six numbers to be exact – five of which are your “main” numbers, and one of which is your “Powerball” number. Your main numbers can go up to 69, but your Powerball number goes only up to 26, and if you match the Powerball, you’re guaranteed to win. Otherwise, there are different prizes depending on how many numbers you match, and whether you match the Powerball number along with them; and, of course, if you match them all, including the Powerball number, you win the big jackpot! As for how you choose your numbers, that’s entirely up to you; some people choose numbers of personal significance, others scour the data for trends, and others just randomly choose.
There’s also the option of choosing to activate “Power Play”, which, for an additional US$1, activates lower-tier winnings by as much as five times (and occasionally by 10 times!). A separate draw is made for the multiplier; i.e. if a 3x ball is drawn and you’ve chosen to activate Power Play and have won a prize in the main draw, your prize will be multiplied by three. It’s just another thing that makes Powerball such an interesting and unique game to play.
If and when you win the big jackpot, you have a certain window of time to claim it. This is one of the big benefits of playing online, since when you play online you’re automatically notified of a win (no matter the amount). For the big jackpot, you can choose to receive it as one lump sum, or as an annuity spread out in payments over 29 years. There are benefits to each, and you’re encouraged to research which payment method works best for you.
Canadians are a savvy bunch who have been waiting to take the Powerball world by storm. Now, thankfully, it’s easier than ever to play.