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. While most US states have their own lottery games, they usually do not have a large enough player pool to offer the astronomical jackpots put forth by Powerball. Jackpot rollovers occur when there is no winner, and this can generate some truly colossal top prizes in a short amount of time; in January 2016 the jackpot reached an astonishing $1.58 billion, surpassing the record set by American lottery Mega Millions in 2012 for the biggest lottery jackpot.
Prize breakdowns for each draw, and details of the locations where any jackpot-winning tickets were purchased, are published on the Powerball numbers page as soon as they have been verified.
The Last Powerball Jackpot was: $282,000,000
History of Powerball in the USA
Powerball in the USA was originally known as Lotto*America and held its first draw in 1988. It was the first game to be offered by the Multi-State Lottery Association. The game became known as 'Powerball' in 1992, and in the following years it has spread to more and more states, reaching its present tally of 47 states and jurisdictions. Puerto Rico was the latest lottery to join the game, doing so in September 2014.
Powerball rules have changed several times since the game was first launched, with the latest changes introduced in October 2015 when the game's matrix was changed. The minimum jackpot value is $40 million and players need to pick and match five main numbers from the range 1 to 69 as well as one Powerball number from the range 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!