It's been nearly three months since the multi-state lottery game, Powerball, has had a big winner. The longer the game goes without anyone claiming the top prize the more and more interesting it gets for the casual player. Tonight many casual lottery players will be watching the television and looking on line to see if there life has been changed by sudden wealth.

It's estimated that tonight's Powerball jackpot will be at least $422 million. If you choose the one time cash payout you'd be looking at a windfall of $291.8 million. That's a lot of money either way you take it.

The object of the Powerball game is to match all five of the numbers randomly drawn via ping pong ball distribution. Should you match all five of those numbers you're guaranteed at least one million dollars. If you have all five numbers and the multiplier it's two million dollars. For the big money, you'd need all five numbers plus a match on the Powerball.

The odds of winning the big prize in the Powerball tonight are not that huge in your favor. There are some ways you can increase your chances of winning but not by very much. Many office groups and family groups will go in together to purchase a large block of tickets. If you don't take precautions before the drawing you could wind up spending a lot of your winnings on legal representation.

The Powerball drawing is tonight at 9:59 PM Central Daylight Time. You will need to have your ticket secured by 8:59 PM CDT. The rules state that all ticket sales must halt one hour before the drawing.