In 1998, the first multi-state lottery in the United States took place called Lotto America. The game quickly became a hit. With more players from different states, jackpots became larger. By 1992, officials had rebranded the game as Powerball and made some innovative modifications to the game. One of the major changes was the addition of a second drum full of numbered “power” balls. This suggestion by Steve Caputo from the Oregon Lottery increased the odds and the excitement of the game. Other lotteries in the US, such as Mega Millions, and lotteries around the world have copied the second drum concept introduced by the US Powerball lottery. Examples of lottery groups using the concept include Powerball (Australia), Thunderball (UK), and Eurojackpot/EuroMillions (Europe).
Even though Powerball is now one of the most popular lottery games in the world, there are plenty of countries and US states that don’t allow tickets to be purchased within their borders. Here are some tips on how you can play Powerball online from anywhere in the world and some important things to keep in mind before you play.
Why Some US States Don’t Have Powerball
So, why are games like Powerball allowed in some of the US states and blocked in others? Some states don’t participate in Powerball because they don’t have their own state lottery. This includes Alabama, Alaska, and Mississippi. Other states like Hawaii and Utah, don’t allow any gambling, including the lottery. And Nevada doesn’t participate in Powerball because the game would be a competitor to the casinos and other gambling efforts already available in the state.
How To Play Powerball Online
You can play Powerball even if you live outside the United States. There are several great websites that will help you do this. But do your homework first. When researching how to play Powerball online, make sure you check out each website and the countries in which it operates. Reputable gaming sites will be registered and regulated by organizations like the UK Gambling Commission, the Gibraltar Gambling Commission, and the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland.
Bypassing Location Restrictions
Location restrictions and geo-blocking happen across a wide range of sports and entertainment media, not just gambling. If you’ve ever tried to watch a sporting event and encountered a geofence, then you know this all too well. But the good news is that the Internet provides a way to virtually participate in Powerball.
Using a VPN ($2 per month), you can “spoof” the location of your computer to other US states or a variety of counties around the world. Some web browsers, like Opera, even have a limited, but free built-in VPN available to users.
Why Is Powerball So Popular?
So, what is it that makes Powerball so popular and successful? The key components of this come down to the simplicity of gameplay, a highly customizable selection of numbers, and the possibility for insanely high winnings.
- Big Jackpots: One of the highest ever lottery jackpots in history was from a Powerball game in 2016. During this record, three winners split the total jackpot of $1.586 billion US.
- Easy To Play: Powerball is how easy it is to play. Simply choose five numbers from 1-69 and a PowerBall number from 1-26. With the winning numbers all chosen randomly, all a player has to do is wait and hope they get lucky.
- Customizable Experience: There are some versions of the game which offer additional opportunities to win. For example, PowerPlay, which comes with a chance to multiply any non-jackpot wins by up to ten times.
If You Won, How Would You Spend It?
If you won $1 billion dollars, how would you spend it? It’s an interesting thought experiment. The mind boggles at the possibilities of what we could do with that sort of money. So, what would you do if you won big? Where would you go, what would you do and, most importantly, what would you say to your boss?
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.