If you’ve never played Powerball, you are missing out. This ultra popular lottery couldn’t be simpler to pick up, and the jackpots that they post are out of this world. With a minimum advertised jackpot of $40 million and a historical high jackpot of over $1 billion, this is no rinky-dink state lottery; it’s a bona fide cash juggernaut. But in order to make the most of the Powerball lottery, you have to play smart, which is why this article is throwing down some of the ultimate Powerball hacks. Here are the tips and tricks you need to know to play the world’s premier lottery.

Play Online

Don’t fuss with physical tickets, which can get lost or ruined before the draw even starts – instead, get Powerball tickets online to play securely, quickly and conveniently. You’ll never lose a ticket and you will never miss a winning draw. And all your money is handled through a single, easy-to-navigate online account. This is the 21st Century way to play the world’s richest game.

Start A Pool

There are cons to playing in a pool, for sure — namely, if you win, you have to split the pot with all the other pool members. But with a minimum jackpot as gargantuan as Powerball’s, splitting the pot hardly matters. It all boils down to odds: the more tickets you can play, the better chance you will have of winning, which is why pools make great sense. Just make sure that everyone signs a lottery pool agreement.

Watch The Trends

Some numbers pop up more than others, and when they do not appear for an extended period of time, they are said to be “running hot”. Some people subscribe to the belief that when a popular number doesn’t appear for a while, it is “overdue” and therefore more likely to pop up next time. Play according to the trends, and who knows — you could wind up very wealthy.

Choose The Power Play

The Powerball has an option called the “Powerplay” which you can tack onto your ticket for a small extra cost. The Powerplay essentially multiplies whatever you win by a factor that is decided in a separate Powerplay draw. For sake of explanation, say there was a “4x Powerplay” drawn; that would mean that whatever you win (jackpot excluded) would be multiplied by four. You won $100? With Powerplay, you have now won $400. Pretty awesome, right?

Have Fun

And, of course, at the end of the day, the key to playing Powerball like a pro is to have fun. Celebrate when you win, and roll with the punches when you lose. It is just a game — albeit, a game that could make you rich beyond your wildest dreams.

If you have never played Powerball, now is your chance. Play online from anywhere (even Canada!), start a pool at work, watch the numbers and pick the Powerplay. You will be playing like a pro in no time!