Powerball has created thousands of millionaires since its first draw was held in 1992, and has broken many records for lottery games along the way. Read on to find out which states have produced the most winners and see details of the biggest jackpots won to date.
Jackpot Winners by State
Some states have had more success than others when it comes to winning the jackpot, but the odds of winning the jackpot are the same regardless of where you play. The states near the top of the list have either offered the game for a longer period of time or have a larger number of regular players.
Have a look at the table below, which is updated whenever the top prize is won, to discover how many jackpot-winning tickets have been sold in each state:
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Top 10 Powerball Jackpots
Thanks to its uncapped jackpot, Powerball frequently offers prizes worth hundreds of millions of dollars and was the first lottery to have a jackpot reach $1 billion. Below are the 10 biggest Powerball jackpots ever won.
1) $1.58 billion - January 13th 2016
A new Powerball record was set on 13th January 2016 when the jackpot reached $1.58 billion, and three lucky ticket holders split the prize to each win $528.8 million before taxes. Tennessee couple John and Lisa Robinson, from Munford, came forward days later and appeared on the Today Show before claiming their money. David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith from Melbourne Beach waited until the following month to contact Florida Lottery officials, while the identity of the third winner was only revealed in July 2016 when Marvin and Mae Acosta from Chino Hills, California, claimed their winnings.
2) $768.4 million - March 27th 2019
Manuel Franco from West Allis in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, won a jackpot worth over $768 million with a ticket bought from a Speedway in New Berlin. He went in to work the next day but was unable to concentrate and so he decided to give up his job and hire a team of legal and financial experts to help him invest the cash sum of $477 million wisely.
3) $758.7 million - August 23rd 2017
Following a run of 20 consecutive rollovers, a jackpot worth $758.7 million was won by Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts. The hospital worker of 32 years immediately quit her job after winning and opted to take the lump sum of $480.5 million. She bought her ticket at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee.
4) $731 million – January 20th 2021
The longest run of rollovers in Powerball history - 35 draws over four months - propelled the jackpot to $731 million before it was finally won. There was a single winning ticket in the draw on January 20th 2021, and it was quickly announced that it was sold in Maryland. The player bought their entry in in the Allegany County town of Lonaconing, at Coney Market.
5) $687.8 million - October 27th 2018
Two winning tickets split this huge jackpot to halt a run of 21 rollovers and scoop $343.9 million each. One of the entries was purchased at a deli in West Harlem in Manhattan, New York, while the other was bought at Casey’s 425 Second St. in Redfield, near Des Moines, to become Iowa’s biggest lottery winner.
6) $590.5 million - May 18th 2013
Gloria MacKenzie, an 84-year-old from Zephyrhills in Florida, landed a colossal $590.5 million in 2013 and chose the cash option of $370.8 million. She purchased her winning Quick Pick at the local Publix store, after another shopper had let her go in front of them in the queue.
7) $587.5 million - November 28th 2012
The biggest jackpot of 2012 was shared between two ticket holders. Matthew Good from Arizona took home half of the money, while the other half went to Cindy and Mark Hill from Missouri. Both ticket holders went for the pre-tax cash option of $192.3 million.
8) $564.1 million - February 11th 2015
Three ticket holders bagged a pre-tax total of $188 million after matching all six numbers drawn. The prize was shared by Marie Holmes from Shallotte, North Carolina, an anonymous player from Puerto Rico, and TL Management Trust from Texas.
9) $559.7 million - January 6th 2018
A single ticket holder grabbed the jackpot to end a run of 20 rollovers and become New Hampshire’s biggest winner. The lucky ticket was bought at Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack, just south of Concord, and had a cash value of approximately $352 million. The winner signed the back of her ticket but was allowed to claim the money anonymously through a trust after a court hearing.
10) $488.4 million - August 7th 2013
The three winners in this draw all selected the cash option of $86 million each. One of the winners, Paul White, came from Ham Lake in Minnesota, while the other two were both from New Jersey. Mario Scarnici of Monmouth Junction purchased one of the tickets and the other belonged to a 16-strong lottery pool from Oceans County dubbed ‘Oceans 16’.