If you’re anything like most Canadians, you work hard and you live relatively comfortably. But by no means do you lead the “Rock Star Lifestyle”, with yachts, multiple pools and a whole fleet of Rolls Royces. You go to a job, you worry about bills occasionally and you save up for the odd vacation or new tech gadget. It’s not a bad way to live, but sometimes you wish there was more money lying around, perhaps even enough money that you didn’t have to worry about work for a while. Well, there is a way for you to become a millionaire in 2018, and it involves playing the Powerball lottery.
Contrary to what you might’ve heard, Canadians can absolutely play the Powerball, and there are even websites here in Canada where you can see the latest Powerball lottery results or catch up on trending numbers and combinations. From there, all you need to do is buy ticket online and you’re off to the races… well, not yet actually. You have to learn how to play the game first.
It’s a very straightforward game, but it’s open to a lot of complexity once you start playing regularly. The basics are as follows: you pick five main numbers anywhere between one and 69, and you pick a sixth number – your “Powerball” – between one and 26. There are tiers to how much you can win, but, basically, if you hit anywhere between three and five of your main numbers, even if you don’t hit the Powerball number, you’re walking away with a cash prize. If you match the Powerball number, regardless of whether or not you hit a main number, you’ve won a prize, and the prize amount goes up the more main numbers you match with the Powerball. If you get the Powerball and all five of your main numbers: jackpot!
Pretty simple, right? Well, from there you can make the game more complex – and potentially more lucrative – by adding “Power Play”. When you add the Power Play option to your ticket, you have a chance to boost any non-jackpot prizes you might win. A Power Play can multiply your winnings by two, three, four, five and even ten times, depending on the multiplier amount chosen in a separate draw. If you think your numbers are going to run hot this week, adding a Power Play option to your ticket can greatly increase your prize winnings.
When or if you do win the big jackpot, the only thing to do is figure out how on earth you’re going to spend it all. People have had luck putting most of their prize winnings into investments, in order to further grow their wealth, while retaining a small amount (which, in this case, would still be in the millions!) for living in the now. Some jackpot winners have quit their jobs, choosing a life of carefree relaxation, while others continue to work – albeit driving to work in a much nicer car!
What would you do if you won the jackpot in 2018? If you play the Powerball lottery this year, you might end up having to answer that question seriously!