The Powerball holds the Guinness Record for the biggest lottery ever at $1.586 billion, and the Mega Millions is close in tow with a max jackpot payday of $1.537 billion. Both of these mega-money lottery games can be enjoyed by players online too!
Introducing America's Game - the Powerball
The Powerball – America's Game – has been going strong since 1992, with tickets sold in 44 states, and available online from virtually anywhere in the world, courtesy of online lottery ticket providers like The Lotter and Play USA Lotteries. The Powerball entered the record books in January 2016 when a whopping jackpot of $1.586 billion was shared by winners across 3 states, including Tennessee, California, and Florida.
Powerball tickets cost $2 per play, and draws are held every week at 10:59 PM Eastern time, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Powerball jackpots begin at $40 million and increase at a rate of $10 million with each draw until the jackpot is hit. Players are tasked with selecting numbers 1 -69, and an additional Powerball number from 1-26. The Powerplay Option allows players to multiply their winnings up to 10 times for an additional $1. Payouts are made in a lump sum, or over 29 years, in 30 successive payments.
The Mega Millions Lottery
The Mega Millions began on 31 August 1996. It was known as the Big Game. At that stage, 6 states participated in the Mega Millions, including Massachusetts, Virginia, Michigan, Maryland, Illinois, and Georgia. In 2017, the Mega Millions relaunched with a new option known as Just the Jackpot. With this option, players can purchase 2 jackpot chances for just $3. The top Mega Millions jackpot ever paid out was on October 23, 2018 when a jackpot prize of $1.537 billion was hit by a lucky ticket winner in South Carolina.