Starting Sunday, Washington residents can get in on the big-jackpot Powerball multi-state drawing. Washington’s participation in the nation’s largest draw game follows the resolution of a dust-up last year in which the Powerball states refused to allow states that offered the rival Mega Millions game to join their consortium.
According to a Seattle Times story, ten more states are joining Powerball this week, bringing the total to 41. The state gets half the proceeds from each $1 ticket and hopes to generate as much as $30 million a year from the new game, according to the Times.
Here’s a release from the Washington State Lottery.
POWERBALL GOES ON SALE JANUARY 31
OLYMPIA — Sunday, January 31, Washingtonians have their first opportunity to play Powerball, the multi-state draw game offering massive jackpots which have reached up to $365,000,000!
Until now, Washington’s Lottery has offered one multi-state draw game, Mega Millions, which has been inspiring dreams among players since 2002. Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 Eastern Standard Time, 7:59 Pacific Standard Time. Beginning January 31, players will now have four chances each week to win large jackpots from Mega Millions and Powerball. The jackpots start at $12,000,000 and $20,000,000 respectively and grow each time the jackpot rolls.
Powerball is a large jackpot game. Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at any of the nearly 4,000 retailers across Washington where Lottery products are offered. Five white balls are drawn out of a drum with 59 white balls, and one red ball, the Powerball, is drawn out of a drum with 39 red balls.
Visit walottery.com on January 31 for more details about Powerball.