Powerball players will get a new chance to win on Monday nights starting this summer. The iconic lottery will launch a third weekly draw for the first time in August, joining the current lineup of Wednesday and Saturday.
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which administers Powerball, has announced that the first Monday drawing will be held on August 23, 2021 at 10:59 PM ET. Fans everywhere can start picking up tickets for the brand-new draw on Sunday, August 22.
A third draw weekly draw is expected to boost Powerball's legendary prizes. "By having an additional draw-night, there is a greater opportunity for faster growing jackpots and more cash winnings," said Mississippi Lottery Corporation President Tom Shaheen.
Everything else about the world-famous game remains unchanged, with drawings continuing to take place every Wednesday and Saturday night at Florda Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.
The Wednesday and Saturday draw schedule has been in place ever since Powerball was launched in April 1992. The game has become renowned for its incredible prizes, including a world-record $1.58 billion jackpot shared by three tickets in January 2016.
For your chance to win, simply pick five numbers from 1 to 69 plus a Powerball number from 1 to 26. It costs $2 to play. Add the Power Play option for $1 more to multiply any prizes below the jackpot. Match all six numbers drawn to win the top prize.
Powerball to Continue in Idaho
Powerball fans in Idaho are celebrating the news that the state's favorite game will still be played there into the future. Powerball had been due to end in the Gem State on August 23.
The MUSL's plans to offer the game internationally clashed with Idaho law, which only allows lotteries played in the US and Canada. The MUSL has now pushed back its plans, citing the complexity of expansion outside the US. Powerball was set to start ticket sales in Australia this year and in the UK in 2022. The MUSL says there is currently no timeframe for sales abroad.
However, foreigners can still win Powerball by playing online via a lottery concierge or visiting the USA to purchase a ticket in person.
Youngest Florida Winner Claims Powerball Jackpot
Although jackpots may be set to increase, it seems safe to say that a Florida winner is happy with his $235.4 million prize. 23-year-old Thomas Yi of Land O' Lakes is the youngest Powerball jackpot winner ever in the Sunshine State and recently stepped forward to claim his prize.
The Pasco County resident picked up his lucky ticket for the March 27 draw. "Even after matching all six numbers, I was in disbelief and took my ticket to a retailer to have it checked," Yi said. "The clerk at the counter instantly became excited and kept repeating that I had won the $235 million Powerball jackpot. I knew then that this would be life changing."
Yi chose to take the cash option and received a one-time payout of $160,038,447. But he's not ready to put his feet up just yet, saying that he'll still pursue further education in business or medicine.
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Published: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Updated: Thursday, May 6, 2021