The game is played across 44 American states as well as the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, with thousands of fans of the game across the world also buying Powerball tickets through online lottery concierge services. Last year’s top jackpot came in the draw on Wednesday 11th February, when a trust from Texas, an anonymous Puerto Rican ticket holder and Marie Holmes of North Carolina shared $564.1 million. However, all three winners chose to collect an even split of the $381.1 million cash lump sum option, each collecting $127 million before taxes.
Scooping $400 million this week would rank you alongside Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp on the Hollywood rich list. You could lord it over comedian Adam Sandler, who is worth a trifling $300 million, and you would find yourself wealthier than heartthrob Brad Pitt ($240 million) even if you took Wednesday’s cash option, which is worth $244.8 million.
Powerball tickets are on sale from authorised retailers across the US right now, as well as online through lottery concierge services who send locally-based employees to buy the entries on your behalf. Don’t forget to check the Lottery Results page soon after the draw takes place to find out whether you have become rich beyond your wildest dreams!