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History of Powerball in America

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What is Powerball?

If you are into the lottery game, then you may already have heard about Powerball. So what is Powerball? In a word, it’s just a lottery game, and it’s popular in many countries like America, Australia or South Korea, and many more. Different countries have different versions of the game. Here we will talk about the American version.

Powerball America

This lottery game is offered by 44 states in the USA, and the whole thing is coordinated by the MUSL. MUSL stands for Multi-State Lottery Association, and it’s  a nonprofit organization

So when do the drawings are held?  It happens every Saturday and Wednesday evening. 

History

Now we will talk about the history of the Powerball in America. 

  • The Beginning

In 1988,  its predecessor began. At that time, the name of the game was Lotto America. On April 19, 1992, the name was changed. Since then, people call it Powerball.

Powerball was the first game where two drums were used. So what does it accomplish? Well, the thing is that if you use 2 drums to draw numbers, it will offer more manipulation. A guy named Steve Caputo suggested the whole concept. Since then, the concept has been used by “The Big Game (now Mega Millions).” 

  • Florida becoming the host

In 1998, Florida got the permission to participate in the “multi-state game.” The government gave them the permission. However, it all changed in 1999. The new governor Jeb Bush prevented it. So why did he do that? According to him, the existing lottery games in Florida would be hurt by Powerball. However, in 2009, Florida got the clearance. Because of  Governor Charlie Crist, Florida was allowed to join MUSL 

  • 2010 cross-sell expansion

In 2009 New Jersey wanted to join Powerball. Keep in mind that New Jersey was a Mega Millions member. Finally, MUSL and Mega Millions Consortium reached   

On October 13, the Mega Millions consortium and MUSL reached an agreement as a general idea to cross-sell Powerball and Mega Millions. Later, in order to stream Powerball drawings online,  MUSL signed an agreement.

  • Aftermath

In 2012 and 2015, the format changed, and there were subtle variations that were brought in the game. But Powerball was established firmly.

So basically, that is the history of Powerball in America. As we have said earlier, different countries have different versions of the game. But the main concept remains the same. All in all, it is a lottery project in the 나눔로또파워볼. If you live in South Korea, then you can go to mtpolice.com to learn more about Powerball in your country. It’s one of the biggest sports broadcasting company in South Korea. They offer NBA, EPL, MLB for free.

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