Powerball is a lottery game played every Wednesday and Saturday in 44 states across the U.S., Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The large player pool allows Powerball to put forth astronomical prizes in a short amount of time; in January 2016, the top prize reached an astonishing $1.58 billion, setting a new record for the world’s biggest lottery jackpot.
Prize breakdowns for each draw, and details of the locations where any jackpot-winning tickets were purchased, are published on the numbers page as soon as they have been verified.
The last jackpot was: $249,100,000
History of US Powerball
The first drawing was held in April 1992 after the game replaced Lotto*America. Operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), Powerball has grown in popularity in the following years, and today 47 U.S. states and jurisdictions take part in the game.
The rules have changed several times since the game was first launched, with the most recent alterations coming in October 2015. Today, jackpots start at $40 million and players need to pick and match five main numbers from the range of 1 to 69 as well as one Powerball number from the range of 1 to 26 to win the top prize. There are eight other prize tiers for players who match fewer numbers, plus an optional Power Play feature which multiplies non-jackpot prizes by as much as ten times over!