Powerball holds the record for giving away the largest prize ever seen on any lottery game anywhere in the world - the jackpot reached $1.58 billion in January 2016. Find out more about this record-breaking jackpot and the other biggest Powerball winners in history.
The Powerball jackpot can grow to this sort of size quite easily for a number of reasons. The top prize starts at $20 million (*During the Coronavirus pandemic, the starting jackpot may be lower than this) and rolls over every time it is not won. There is no jackpot cap so it can just keep growing and growing.
There is a large player pool as the game is offered in 45 states - plus three other jurisdictions. As the jackpot rises, even more tickets are sold across the country. Go to the Winners page to find out about all the jackpots that have been won, and to see a list of the most successful states.
The table below shows the biggest Powerball jackpots ever won:
|$1.6 billion||January 13, 2016||Three ticket holders made lottery history when they won an incredible jackpot worth $1.586 billion. The lucky winners were from California, Florida and Tennessee and each took home a pre-tax total of $528.8 million. John and Lisa Robinson of Munford in Tennessee were the first to come forward, going on the Today show to break the news just days after the drawing was held. David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith from Melbourne Beach in Florida stepped forward the following month, and in July 2016, Marvin and Mae Acosta of Chino Hills, California, claimed their share of the prize, ending months of speculation about what had happened to the third ticket.|
|$768 million||March 27, 2019||Wisconsin's Manuel Franco became the biggest Powerball winner on a single ticket of all time after buying 10 tickets from a Speedway on Beloit Road in New Berlin, Milwaukee. The 24-year-old, who came forward less than a month later, revealed that he had screamed for about five to ten minutes when he found out he had won. Having decided to take the cash option of $477 million, he said he wanted to take a break before 'helping out the world'.|
|$758 million||August 23, 2017||Mavis Wanczyk, 53, bought the winning ticket at a petrol station in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The win was the highest ever on a single lottery ticket at the time, surpassing the previous record set in 2013. Ms Wanczyk opted to take the $480.5 million cash lump sum over the $758.7 million annuity. She revealed that she had already quit her job as a patient care worker when she took part in a press conference to promote the win just a couple of days later.|
|$731 million||January 20, 2021||A player from Maryland became the Old Line State's biggest-ever winner when they snapped up this jackpot in January 2021 with a ticket bought at Coney Market, a convenience store in the town of Lonaconing. The cash option was for $546 million. The jackpot ended a stretch of 35 draws without a winner - the longest sequence ever seen in the game. The grand prize had started at $20 million after rule changes earlier in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with lower ticket sales forcing organizers to scrap the minimum jackpot and rollover increase.|
|$687 million||October 27, 2018||The jackpot rolled over 21 times before two ticket holders - one from Iowa and one from New York - matched all the numbers to split this giant prize. Lerynne West from Redfield in Iowa was the first to claim her $343 million share, revealing how she had almost lost her ticket and that she planned to set up a charitable foundation. Robert Bailey came forward with the other winning ticket, which was bought from a deli in Harlem and broke the record for the state of New York's biggest payout. He insisted he would continue to play the lottery. Both winners chose the cash lump sum rather than the annuity.|
|$590 million||May 18, 2013||This jackpot was won by Gloria MacKenzie, 84, from Zephyrhills, Florida. She opted for a pre-tax cash payment of $370.8 million. The annuity value of the jackpot she won was the largest on record for a single ticket at the time. MacKenzie bought her winning Quick Pick ticket at Publix Supermarket in her home town, saying in a statement that another customer was kind enough to let her cut ahead of them in the line.|
|$587 million||November 28, 2012||There were two winning ticket holders of this jackpot. One ticket was purchased in Arizona by Matthew Good and the other by Mark and Cindy Hill from Missouri. Both ticket holders selected the pre-tax cash option of $192.3 million. Both winners outlined their positive intentions for the money - with Good stating that he would have an increased ability to support charities closer to his heart, and the Hills pledging money to civic projects in their town of Camden Point.|
|$564 million||February 11, 2015||There was a three-way split for this huge jackpot in 2015. One ticket was purchased by Marie Holmes, a single mother from Shallotte, North Carolina. Another ticket was claimed on behalf of an anonymous trust in Texas, while the third and final winning Powerball ticket was sold to an anonymous citizen in Puerto Rico, where Powerball tickets went on sale for the first time in September 2014.|
|$559 million||January 6, 2018||The first big Powerball jackpot of 2018 was won on a single ticket from New Hampshire. The ticket was bought at Reeds Ferry Market, a small independent convenience store located roughly 25 miles south of Concord. The winner, going by the name of Jane Doe, wanted to claim the Powerball prize whilst maintaining her anonymity, which is not allowed in New Hampshire, as state laws dictate that winner information should be made available to the public. Jane Doe subsequently entered legal proceedings to prevent her details being disclosed to the public, with the judge eventually ruling in her favour.|
|$488 million||August 7, 2013||Three winning tickets shared this jackpot, with one entry bought by Paul White from Ham Lake, Minnesota, and the other two purchased in New Jersey. One of the tickets from New Jersey was purchased by Mario Scarnici of Monmouth Junction, while the other was held by a 16-member pool from Ocean County who were promptly nicknamed "Oceans 16". All three winning ticket holders selected the pre-tax cash option of $86 million each.|