Powerball Winners Statistics
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 get details regarding the 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. The odds of winning the jackpot are the same - 1 in 292.2 million - regardless of where you play the game, and 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:
|State:||Jackpot Winners:||Percentage of Total
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Top 10 Powerball Jackpots
The biggest jackpot ever won, of $1.58 billion in January 2016, was shared between three players – one each from California, Florida and Tennessee. Here is a list of all of the top jackpots to have ever been awarded.
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) $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 becoming the winner of the largest single jackpot prize in U.S lottery history.
3) $590.5 million - May 18th 2013
Gloria MacKenzie, an 84-year-old from Zephyrhills in Florida, became an instant Powerball legend when she landed a colossal $590.5 million. Choosing to take the cash option, the octogenarian walked away with a pre-tax total of $370.8 million.
4) $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.
5) $564.1 million - February 11th 2015
Three ticket holders bagged a pre-tax total of $188 million after matching all six numbers drawn. The winners were Marie Holmes from Shallotte, North Carolina and a player from Puerto Rico who stayed anonymous, while the other ticket was claimed on behalf of an anonymous trust in Texas.
6) $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.
7) $488.4 million - August 7th 2013
The three winners in this draw all selected the pre-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’.
8) $487 million - July 30th 2016
A single ticket from New Hampshire became one of the biggest winners in Powerball history in July 2016. They decided to stay anonymous, claiming the money through the Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust, and vowed to give an initial $100,000 to charity.
9) $447.8 million - June 10th 2017
Jeff Lindsay from Menifee, California, opted to take the cash option of $279.1 million after purchasing his ticket from the Marietta Liquor and Deli store in the Sun City area.
10) $435.3 million - February 22nd 2017
Indiana kept up its record of being the most successful state for Powerball players when an anonymous player picked up this jackpot, opting for the cash amount of $263.5 million.