Is it your lucky day today?
The Powerball winning numbers for Wednesday, August 31, 2022, are as follows
03-16-30-33-36, Powerball: 20,
Power Play: 3X
According to the Powerball website, the lottery jackpot was estimated to be $170 million, with a cash option of $93.8 million.
The jackpot was most recently won on September 7th, when a lottery player in Pennsylvania won $206.9 million.
Meanwhile, according to the Mega Millions website, the jackpot is $169 million with a cash option of $95.4 million.
Until recently, lottery winners in New Jersey were required to be identified, but now winners will be able to stay anonymous under a new law that was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.
How do I get started with Powerball?
Powerball drawings are held three times a week at 10:59 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In 2021, Monday drawings were added.
The cost of a ticket is $2, but you can add the Power Play for $1 to increase your potential prize up to five times the original prize amount (except for the jackpot and Match 5). When the jackpot is less than $150 million, a 10x Power Play option is available.
Each player chooses five numbers between 1 and 69 for the white balls and one number between 1 and 26 for the red Powerball. You can, however, request that the lottery machine generate a quick pick ticket with random numbers for you.
Prizes range from $4 if you match the Powerball to $1 million if you match all five white balls (except in California) to the jackpot if you match all six balls. On the Powerball website, you can view all of the prize payouts.
Where do I go to play Powerball?
The game is available in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Lottery tickets are sold in a variety of grocery stores, gas stations, and convenience stores. Powerball tickets can be purchased online in some states, but beware of scam websites. Before purchasing tickets online, check with your state lottery for more information on online sales.
You do not have to be a US citizen or a resident of the state where you buy your ticket.
Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot winners hail from these states.
How do I view the Powerball drawing?
On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:59 p.m. ET, the Powerball drawing is livestreamed on the lottery website. The drawing can be viewed by clicking here.
The drawing may also be aired on a local television station in your area.
How likely am I to win?
Playing the Powerball can be exciting, but don’t spend your winnings right away.
The likelihood of winning the jackpot is 292,201,338-to-1.
To match all five white balls, the odds are 11,688,053-to-1.
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What exactly is a cash option?
The major US lotteries offer two jackpot payout options: annuity and cash.
The annuity option pays out in installments over time. There is an initial payment, followed by 29 annual payments that increase by 5% each year.
The cash option is much lower than the advertised jackpot, but it is paid in one lump sum. You do not have to wait decades to receive all of the funds.