Playing the Lottery

The lottery offers a thrilling experience for players who enjoy the ability to gamble from home. Lotteries are offered in 45 of the 50 states with the exception with just a few states. Lotteries are simple games, the most simple of the gaming world. Players will simply purchase a ticket, wait for the drawing and collect any winnings they may have for themselves. There are two major forms of lotteries in the United States. Powerball and Mega Millions both offer the same style of gaming however; they offer different jackpots and drawings.

Mega Millions

Mega Millions offers it’s drawings to players who are 18 and over. Each state has the ability to then offer their own age requirements. Mega Millions jackpots are held on Tuesdays and Fridays. Numbers are called at 10pm Eastern standard time. Tickets may be purchased for just $1; in many states, players will also be able to purchase a Megaplier which is just $2 and can multiply non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3 and 4 times. The largest jackpot in the history of Mega Millions was $656,000,000 which gave a cash option of $474,000,000. Annuity payments are paid out over a period of 26 years in installments.

Powerball

Powerball tickets are just $2 and are available in 45 states as well. Players will have the same typical game flow as they do with Mega Millions. Players will purchase a ticket and wait for the drawings on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11pm Eastern standard time. There are several cash prizes as well as a jackpot. If there are multiple winners, the jackpot will be split evenly among all winners. Powerball offers an annuity payment play which pays installments yearly for 30 years. A cash alternative is also available to players as well.