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Wednesday's Powerball Jackpot is $200 Million; Will You Buy a Ticket?

What would you do with the money if you won? Tell us in the comments.

Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot is $200 million after no one won Saturday's jackpot. Do you plan to purchase a ticket?

Tell us if you're a first-timer, religious player, or part of an office pool and share your number-picking strategy.

Check for the winning numbers on the Powerball Web site after 8 p.m.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510.

Powerball is a combined large jackpot game and a cash game. Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Time, game officials draw five white balls out of a drum with 59 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 35 red balls. Draw sales cut off at least 59 minutes before the draw. Check for local cut-off time.

The current jackpot also has a cash value option of $128 million.

Players win by matching one of the 9 Ways to Win. The jackpot (won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball) is either an annuitized prize paid out over 29 years (30 payments) or a lump sum payment. Each ticket costs $2. If the winner chooses the annuity, the annual payment will be increased each year by the percentage set out in the Powerball game rules.

The second prize (won by matching five white balls in any order) is $1,000,000 paid in cash and any time you match the red Powerball, you win. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately 1 in 32.

Power Play is a special feature that allows a winner to increase the original prize amount. Powerball players winning any prize other than the jackpot will win a larger cash prize. The Match 5+0 prize with Power Play option is now worth $2,000,000. Note that any set prizes or Power Play prizes, including the Match 5+0 prize, may be reduced if wins exceed the available prize fund. The Power Play option costs $1 and must be selected when you buy your Powerball ticket.

Click here to learn more about prizes and odds.

Source: Powerball.


Christie Anderson September 26, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Hmmmm...I don't have enough money to buy health care so will need what little money I currently have to save for my "penalty" LOL!.... Me buying a powerball ticket?... probably not.

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