Fun facts about the Powerball

There are many Fun facts about the Powerball
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Of all the lottery draws in the world, few are as exciting as the Powerball. Responsible some of the biggest lottery jackpots in the world, players have not let long odds discourage them from dreaming of the lives that they could build with the tens or hundreds of millions of dollars that are up for grabs in each draw.

Want to learn some fun facts about the Powerball? This article will reveal some truly remarkable things about this iconic lottery … enjoy!

1) Largest lottery jackpot ever

The Powerball was responsible for the largest lottery jackpot in the history of the USA earlier this year. On January 13th, 2016, three winners split a prize worth over 1.5 billion dollars.

Inspired by that? Feel free to come up with your own powerball winning numbers, and enter a draw, at your local corner store in America, or over the internet if you are overseas. Yes, that’s right: even foreigners can play the Powerball now!

2) If you win the Powerball, you might not want to go outside … ever again

No, it’s not what you think. While you might have to deal with throngs of people coming out of the woodwork claiming to be your third cousin (twice removed), we would be more concerned with every single cloud floating overhead.

The odds of winning the Powerball, which is done by matching all the white balls along with the red Powerball, is a staggering 292 million to 1. By contrast, your odds of getting struck by lightning at some point in your life runs at a frightening 3,000 to 1.

You’ll never look at the sky the same way again … then again, don’t even look at the sky. With the hundreds of millions of dollars that you just won, you should be able to build subterranean tunnels to everywhere you’d want to go, right?

3) The lottery – America’s top choice for entertainment spending

Americans love to spending money when it comes to entertaining themselves – what else would you expect from a country where the pursuit of happiness is considered to be an inalienable right?

While we spend tens of billions of dollars on things like movie tickets, books, music, and tickets to major league games, they don’t hold a candle to the amount of money spent on lottery tickets.

In any given year, 70 billion dollars is spent on Powerball and other lottery draws. After all, how else can you truly live large without winning a massive fortune first?

4) Security is key

The planners behind every Powerball draw leave nothing to chance when it comes to protecting the integrity of the game. In the days between Powerball draws, the numbered balls are kept in a double-locked vault that requires three people to be present inorder to open it.

If you were hoping to replace the balls with weighted ones favoring you and your friends, it looks like you might be out of luck, pal.