Powerball Winners

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:

State: Jackpot Winners: Percentage of Total
Jackpot Winners:
Indiana 39 9.61%
Missouri 31 7.64%
Minnesota 22 5.42%
Wisconsin 19 4.68%
Pennsylvania 19 4.68%
Kentucky 18 4.43%
Louisiana 17 4.19%
Florida 16 3.94%
Arizona 14 3.45%
California 14 3.45%
Kansas 12 2.96%
New York 12 2.96%
New Hampshire 11 2.71%
New Jersey 11 2.71%
Washington, D.C. 11 2.71%
Nebraska 10 2.46%
Delaware 10 2.46%
Iowa 9 2.22%
West Virginia 9 2.22%
Connecticut 9 2.22%
Rhode Island 8 1.97%
Tennessee 7 1.72%
South Carolina 6 1.48%
Georgia 6 1.48%
North Carolina 6 1.48%
Massachusetts 6 1.48%
Michigan 6 1.48%
New Mexico 5 1.23%
Idaho 5 1.23%
Oregon 5 1.23%
Ohio 4 0.99%
Oklahoma 4 0.99%
Montana 4 0.99%
Maryland 3 0.74%
Colorado 3 0.74%
South Dakota 3 0.74%
Puerto Rico 2 0.49%
Texas 2 0.49%
Virginia 2 0.49%
Washington 2 0.49%
Illinois 2 0.49%
Arkansas 1 0.25%
Vermont 1 0.25%
U.S. Virgin Islands 0 0%
Wyoming 0 0%
North Dakota 0 0%
Mississippi 0 0%
Maine 0 0%
Total 406 100%

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) $2.04 billion - November 7th 2022

The jackpot reached $1 billion for the first time in over six years, then kept powering on until it hit $2 billion. After an eagerly-awaited draw, which was delayed by several hours due to one state struggling to process its ticket sales, the numbers were revealed and it was announced that a single player from California had won the lot. They had purchased their ticket from a gas station in Altadena, which also received a seller’s bonus of $1 million. The money was paid out to Edwin Castro when he came forward three months later.

2) $1.76 billion - October 11th 2023

After having rolled over for more than two months, the second-largest jackpot of all time was won by a single ticket purchased in California. The winning ticket was sold at a Midway Market and Liquor in Frazier Park in Kern County and no one has claimed the prize yet. According to California Lottery rules, the name of the lucky winner or winners will have to be disclosed once they claim the grand prize. They will also have to decide whether they will take the full amount of $1.76 billion as annuity or the cash option of $774.1 million. We will update this page once further details are released.

3) $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.

4) $1.08 billion - July 19th 2023

The fourth-largest jackpot in the history of Powerball was won in California, Los Angeles. After having rolled over 38 times, the grand prize was won on Wednesday, July 19th. The ticket was sold at Las Palmitas Mini Market and no one has claimed the prize yet. At the moment, there are no further details about the winner or winners. The winner will have the choice of claiming it as annuity or as a one-time lump sum payment of $558.1 million.

5) $842.4 million - January 1st 2024

After 34 draws without a winner, the jackpot stood at more than $800 million. A player from Michigan won the lot, leaving them with a decision over whether to take the money as an annuity or a lump sum worth $425.2 million.

6) $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.

7) $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.

8) $754 million – February 6th 2023

It took 33 draws without a winner to create this huge jackpot. A single ticket, sold in Washington, finally brought the run of rollovers to an end, leaving the lucky player with a choice over whether to take the jackpot as an annuity, or accept a lump sum of $407.2 million. Becky Bell, from Auburn, came forward a month later and chose the cash option.

9) $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.

10) $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.