Powerball 101: How the game works

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DENVER -- If you know nothing about how to play Powerball, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Overall, there are five white balls pulled out of a drum of 69 balls. That number increased from a drum of 59 balls in October, which made Powerball more powerful.

Then there’s the one red ball pulled from a drum of 26 red balls.

To win the jackpot, you need to match all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball. So, it's really two games you're trying to win at the same time. But the likelihood of that happening is 1 in 292.2 million.

Historically speaking, the biggest jackpot was $590.5 million in 2013 won by a Florida woman.

If you’re the lucky one and win on Wednesday, you have two options: To have your winnings spread out over 29 years or one lump sum which equates to about $868 million of the $1.4 billion jackpot.

Overall, regular tickets cost $2 unless you spend an extra dollar on a Power Play ticket. That’s a special add-on feature allowing a winner to increase other prize amounts -- except the jackpot.

If you purchased a ticket and are curious to know if you won anything, there are apps like Lottolotto, which will scan your ticket and tell you if you won even a buck because even winning a buck makes you a winner, right?

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