Powerball Participating States

Powerball can be played in 44 states as well as Washington D.C, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Although the basic game is played in the same way in all of these locations, there are some differences, such as how much tax winners have to pay and what happens to the money from ticket sales. Select a state below to learn more about how Powerball is played there.


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Arizona
Joined Joined
Apr 4, 1994
Winners Jackpot winners
13
Tax Tax
5%

Arizona is one of only a handful of states where players have to be at least 21 years of age to play Powerball. Roughly 24 percent of lottery revenue generated by ticket sales in The Grand Canyon State is put towards a state fund for public projects and initiatives. These include Health and Human Services, and Environmental Conservation.

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Arkansas
Joined Joined
Oct 31, 2009
Winners Jackpot winners
1
Tax Tax
7%

The first ever Powerball jackpot winner to come from Arkansas was Harold Bailey, who scooped $25 million a matter of months after The Natural State joined the multi-state lottery. A large portion of revenue generated by the Arkansas Lottery, over 68 percent, is given back to the state’s players as prize money. Around 18 percent, meanwhile, has helped fund over 300,000 educational scholarships since 2009.

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California
Joined Joined
Apr 8, 2013
Winners Jackpot winners
9
Tax Tax
0%

California, the biggest state in the USA with over 39 million residents, is home to Marvin and Mae Acosta of Chino Hills. They held one of the three winning tickets that split the biggest jackpot in Powerball history, worth $1.58 billion. The Acostas took home a pre-tax total of $528 million, a win which put The Golden State on the map of record jackpots.

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Colorado
Joined Joined
Aug 2, 2001
Winners Jackpot winners
3
Tax Tax
4%

Judy Finchum is one of the biggest Powerball winners to come out of Colorado, following her $133 million jackpot win in September 2017. The Colorado Lottery is committed to maintaining natural resources throughout The Centennial State. The Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are just some of the beneficiaries of the revenue generated from ticket sales.

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Connecticut
Joined Joined
Nov 28, 1995
Winners Jackpot winners
8
Tax Tax
6.99%

Powerball winners in Connecticut are able to claim through a trust to maintain some form of anonymity and stay away from the public spotlight. One of the biggest wins from The Constitution State was clouded in controversy in November 2011, however, when three asset managers came forward as a trust to claim a $254 million jackpot. Officials from the state lottery were quick to clarify that this wasn’t against their regulations, despite the objections raised in the media.

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Delaware
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
10
Tax Tax
6.6%

One of Powerball’s fifteen founding states back in April 1992, Delaware is one of the few to allow anonymity for jackpot winners. This ruling means many players in The First State have opted to keep their identities private over the years, including a group of 33 co-workers who shared a $214 million windfall in October 2004.

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Florida
Joined Joined
Jan 4, 2009
Winners Jackpot winners
12
Tax Tax
0%

Floridians have enjoyed a wealth of success in Powerball over the years, where the lottery’s drawings have been held since 2009. The Sunshine State is home to David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach, owners of one of the three winning tickets that split the record $1.58 billion jackpot in January 2016. Players also don’t have to pay any state taxes on winnings.

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Georgia
Joined Joined
Jan 31, 2010
Winners Jackpot winners
6
Tax Tax
6%

Powerball winners of more than $250,000 in Georgia enjoy the benefit of being able to remain anonymous, and players throughout The Peach State can also play online if they wish to do so. These two options are only available in a handful of states, and the anonymity ruling was introduced eight years after Georgia joined the lottery in January 2010.

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Idaho
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
5
Tax Tax
7.4%

The Idaho Lottery is committed to giving back to the state’s citizens, with 20 percent of revenue split between public schooling and the Permanent Building Fund. Brad Duke is the biggest winner to come out of The Gem State since 1990, following his record-breaking $220 million jackpot win fifteen years later. The recipient of the nine-figure windfall is one of a handful of big winners to come from Idaho, where players cannot remain anonymous.

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Illinois
Joined Joined
Jan 31, 2010
Winners Jackpot winners
2
Tax Tax
3.75%

Illinois allows its Powerball players to enter online as well as from a licensed retailer, an option only available in certain states. The Illinois Lottery puts around of a quarter of its revenue towards funding for various projects across The Prairie State, including public education and infrastructure. Around $60 million is allocated to the state’s Common School Fund every month.

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Indiana
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
39
Tax Tax
3.4%

Indiana has produced more Powerball jackpot winners than any other state. The lottery’s first ever jackpot winner also came from The Hoosier State in April 1992, where players have the option of claiming their winnings through a trust. The Build Indiana Fund and Teachers’ Retirement Fund are two causes in particular that have benefitted from the sale of Powerball tickets over the years.

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Iowa
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
9
Tax Tax
5%

Iowa is one of Powerball’s original founding states from April 1992. Players must be at least 21 years of age to buy a lottery ticket in The Hawkeye State, and prizes can be claimed through a trust to maintain a degree of anonymity. Lerynne West, Iowa’s biggest ever winner, decided against anonymity when collecting half of a $687 million jackpot in October 2018.

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Kansas
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
11
Tax Tax
5%

Kansas is another of the original states from Powerball’s first drawing. Winners in The Sunflower State are allowed to remain anonymous and can also enter using credit cards, which is restricted in some other jurisdictions. Big winners include Donald Damon, who won $96 million in November 2009, and a group of 26 American Airlines workers, who shared winnings worth $25 million nine years before that.

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Kentucky
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
18
Tax Tax
6%

Kentucky is up there as one of the most successful states in Powerball history, with a number of big winners over the years. The Bluegrass State also allows its players to enter online as well as from any licensed retailer. Georgetown’s Rob and Tuesday Anderson created history in December 2009 by claiming a $128 million jackpot, the biggest Powerball prize ever won in the state.

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Louisiana
Joined Joined
Mar 5, 1995
Winners Jackpot winners
17
Tax Tax
5%

Louisiana ranks as one of the best-performing Powerball states, with over 15 jackpot winners since joining the lottery in 1995. Players must be at least 21 years of age to enter in The Pelican State, where part of the revenue raised by the Louisiana Lottery Corporation is donated to the Minimum Foundation Program, and previously to K-12 public education. Big winners include a family who won $191 million in October 2017.

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Maine
Joined Joined
Jul 30, 2004
Winners Jackpot winners
0
Tax Tax
5%

Maine is one of only a handful of states yet to crown a Powerball jackpot winner, but the Pine Tree State has benefitted greatly since joining the game in 2004. Ticket holders have the option to claim their winnings anonymously through a trust, protecting their identities from the glare of the public spotlight.

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Maryland
Joined Joined
Jan 31, 2010
Winners Jackpot winners
2
Tax Tax
8.75%

Despite Maryland residents having to pay a state tax of 8.75 percent on all Powerball winnings over $5,000, they can also remain anonymous if they win a large prize. Furthermore, around 25 percent of the state’s revenue is put towards sectors including education and healthcare, so the Maryland Lottery is always giving something back to its residents and communities.

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Massachusetts
Joined Joined
Jan 31, 2010
Winners Jackpot winners
6
Tax Tax
5%

Massachusetts is home to Mavis Wanczyk, the recipient of one of the largest jackpots in Powerball history. She scooped a sensational $758 million in August 2017, opting to receive a cash payout worth $480 million. Players can buy season tickets in The Bay State, and around 19 percent of revenue is given to the general fund for improving schools and education in the state.

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Michigan
Joined Joined
Jan 31, 2010
Winners Jackpot winners
4
Tax Tax
4.25%

Powerball players in Michigan enjoy the luxury of being able to play online as well as entering at a retailer, an option only available in certain states. Ticket holders also have one year from the date of a drawing to come forward and claim winnings, giving them plenty of time to choose whether to opt for cash or annuity payments. Donald Lawson and Julie Leach, two of the state’s biggest jackpot winners, both chose to receive a cash lump sum.

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Minnesota
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
22
Tax Tax
7.25%

There have been more than 20 jackpot winners in Minnesota, making it one of the most successful participating states. One of the main beneficiaries of the revenue generated by the Minnesota Lottery is the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). Around 6.4 percent of revenue is donated to this fund annually, helping to preserve the state’s wildlife and natural resources.

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Missouri
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
31
Tax Tax
4%

Money from the Missouri Lottery goes towards funding education in the state, and over $6 billion has been allocated since the lottery launched over 20 years ago. The money has helped to fund scholarships and the construction of college and university buildings. Mark and Cindy Hill claimed half of a $587 million jackpot in 2012 to become the state’s biggest ever jackpot winners.

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Montana
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
4
Tax Tax
6.9%

Montana is one of the original states from the first Powerball drawing, so has been playing Powerball longer than most. Kim Claassen and Joe Lamport Jr. became the state’s biggest winners in June 2010 when they won half of a $96 million jackpot. Some of the state’s revenue is put towards education and public safety, as well as aiding students across the state.

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Nebraska
Joined Joined
Jul 21, 1994
Winners Jackpot winners
10
Tax Tax
5%

Nebraska stands alone as the only state where players must be at least 19 years of age to enter Powerball. Winners can keep their identities private by claiming prizes through a trust, and eight work colleagues hold the record for taking home the largest jackpot in The Cornhusker State. They split $365 million in February 2006, opting to receive the cash option of $177 million.

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New Hampshire
Joined Joined
Nov 5, 1995
Winners Jackpot winners
11
Tax Tax
0%

The NH Lottery is the oldest state lottery in the U.S. and was one of the states that started offering Powerball as part of the cross-sell expansion with Mega Millions in January 2010. In 2018, an unnamed woman landed the biggest jackpot in the state’s history when she won a $560 million prize. Her story hit the headlines when she sued to remain anonymous, with a judge eventually ruling in her favor.

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New Jersey
Joined Joined
Jan 31, 2010
Winners Jackpot winners
8
Tax Tax
3%

New Jersey paved the way for states to sell both Powerball and Mega Millions tickets when they began negotiations that led to the cross-sell expansion of both lotteries in 2010. The eight-strong Smith family are the biggest winners to come from NJ after taking home $429 million six years on from The Garden State joining Powerball.

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New Mexico
Joined Joined
Oct 20, 1996
Winners Jackpot winners
5
Tax Tax
6%

New Mexico has the briefest claim period of all participating states, with just 90 days for winners to come forward and collect their winnings. Players can remain anonymous for prizes worth up to $10,000, and over $780 million has been donated to the Lottery Tuition Fund since the state joined Powerball.

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New York
Joined Joined
Jan 31, 2010
Winners Jackpot winners
11
Tax Tax
8.82%

The Empire State is one of Powerball’s biggest participants, and has seen some big winners in its history, including Staten Island carpenter Nandlall Mangall, who won a $245 million jackpot in September 2018. New York levies the highest tax of any of the participating states, and some locations, such as NY City, also impose a local tax on winners.

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North Carolina
Joined Joined
May 30, 2006
Winners Jackpot winners
6
Tax Tax
5.75%

The Tar Heel State is home to Marie Holmes, who split a $564 million jackpot with two other winning tickets in February 2015, one of the biggest payouts the state has seen. Twenty-six cents of every dollar spent on Powerball in the state is put towards education, with an emphasis on helping schools in the area.

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North Dakota
Joined Joined
Mar 25, 2004
Winners Jackpot winners
0
Tax Tax
2.9%

Powerball winners in North Dakota can remain anonymous, one of only a few states offering this option. Players can also use a Pick & Click subscription service to automatically enter up to a year’s worth of consecutive drawings. While The Peace Garden State hasn’t seen any jackpot winners as of yet, over half its lottery revenue is given back to players in prize money, and it has crowned numerous millionaires.

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Ohio
Joined Joined
Apr 16, 2010
Winners Jackpot winners
3
Tax Tax
4%

Powerball jackpot winners in Ohio can remain anonymous if they wish to do so, one of the main benefits of playing in the state. Although there has only been a trickle of big winners to come from The Buckeye State since 2010, one of the Ohio Lottery’s key aims is to use revenue raised from the lottery to aid K-12 public education.

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Oklahoma
Joined Joined
Jan 12, 2006
Winners Jackpot winners
4
Tax Tax
4%

The mid-western Sooner State is committed to putting a portion of its revenue towards public education programs, including the Teachers Retirement System and others that benefit schools and students at a K-12 level. Winners in Oklahoma can claim prizes through a trust to keep some degree of anonymity, but individuals claiming prizes are made known to the public.

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Oregon
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
5
Tax Tax
8%

The Beaver State, situated along the western coast, is renowned for its diverse landscape of mountains, beaches and forests. About 10 percent of the Oregon Lottery’s revenue is used to preserve the picturesque landscape which is one of the state’s main attractions. The remaining 90 percent of the revenue is used to pay prizes and public services, with a one year timeframe for players to come forward and claim a prize.

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Pennsylvania
Joined Joined
Jun 29, 2002
Winners Jackpot winners
18
Tax Tax
3.07%

The Keystone State has been one of the most successful in Powerball history since its introduction to the lottery in June 2002, representative of its standing as the country’s fifth-biggest state in terms of population. Furthermore, Pennsylvania is one of the few states to allow winners to claim prizes through a trust, and since 1971 over $29 billion has been donated to helping the elderly population.

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Puerto Rico
Joined Joined
Sep 28, 2014
Winners Jackpot winners
2
Tax Tax
0%

Players in the Spanish-speaking jurisdiction of Puerto Rico - one of the newest additions to Powerball - have the option to remain anonymous if they wish to do so. The small island has already enjoyed some big success though, including an anonymous ticket holder who split a nine-figure $564 million jackpot three ways in February 2015.

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Rhode Island
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
8
Tax Tax
5.99%

The Rhode Island Lottery has its players at the heart of everything it does, with the lion’s share of its revenue given back to players in the form of prize money. The Ocean State, situated on the western coast, is home to Louise White, owner of the biggest ever Powerball jackpot won there. She landed $336 million in February 2012, claiming her winnings through the Rainbow Sherbert Trust.

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South Carolina
Joined Joined
Oct 6, 2002
Winners Jackpot winners
6
Tax Tax
7%

The Palmetto State is one of only eight that allows Powerball players to remain anonymous, a bonus for prize winners throughout South Carolina. One jackpot winner took this option in September 2013, keeping their identity private when claiming a $400 million prize. Roughly 25 percent of revenue generated is given to the Education Lottery Account, helping public education in the state.

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South Dakota
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
3
Tax Tax
0%

One of a cluster of founding Powerball states back in April 1992, South Dakota has enjoyed relative success since then. Neal Wanless is the state’s biggest winner following a $232 million jackpot win in May 2009. Since 1990, the South Dakota Lottery has donated over $2.5 billion to good causes, ranging from projects involving the Ethanol Fuel Fund to the development of natural resources.

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Tennessee
Joined Joined
Apr 21, 2004
Winners Jackpot winners
7
Tax Tax
0%

Powerball has proved to be hugely popular with players from all over Tennessee, and The Volunteer State is home to one of the biggest winners in history. Mumford-based John and Lisa Robinson scooped a third of the record $1.58 billion jackpot in January 2016, opting to take cash lump sum payment worth $328 million. They owned one of only several jackpot-winning tickets to come from the state since 2004, which also doesn’t deduct state tax on lottery prizes.

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Texas
Joined Joined
Jan 31, 2010
Winners Jackpot winners
2
Tax Tax
0%

Texas allows its winners to remain anonymous, and also doesn’t impose any state tax on prizes. The biggest Powerball win to come out of The Lone Star state, geographically the second largest state in the US, was in February 2015. An anonymous ticket holder claimed one third of a $564 million jackpot, worth $188 million. This prize remains one of the biggest payouts in the lottery’s history.

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U.S. Virgin Islands
Joined Joined
Nov 14, 2002
Winners Jackpot winners
0
Tax Tax
0%

The U.S. Virgin Islands don’t impose any state tax on winnings. Each of the islands – St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas – has its own sales office for redeeming prizes, and the revenue generated from ticket sales aids initiatives throughout the jurisdiction, including the GERS Retirees Bonus Program and the Pharmaceutical Assistance Program.

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Vermont
Joined Joined
Jul 1, 2003
Winners Jackpot winners
0
Tax Tax
6%

The Vermont Lottery has put over $600 million towards helping schools in The Green Mountain State since its formation in the 1970s. Although it is one of the few states yet to crown a Powerball jackpot winner, its introduction into Powerball in 2003 has only been of further benefit to Vermont and its residents, as it has helped fund advancement of digital learning in K-12 schools across the state.

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Virginia
Joined Joined
Jan 31, 2010
Winners Jackpot winners
1
Tax Tax
4%

Billions of dollars have been raised for Virginian schools since the state’s lottery was formed in 1989, helping specialist programs including the School Breakfast Program, Career and Technical Education, and the Virginia Teacher Corps. The state has crowned one jackpot winner since joining Powerball in 2010, a player who bought their ticket on Superbowl Sunday in 2013. The lucky ticket was worth $217 million.

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Washington
Joined Joined
Jan 31, 2010
Winners Jackpot winners
1
Tax Tax
0%

Revenue from lottery ticket sales in Washington is distributed to many different sectors, including the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account (WOPA), which aids various educational programs. The Evergreen State doesn’t impose any state tax on Powerball winnings. The state’s first ever Powerball jackpot winner came in November 2014 when Auburn-based Lisa Quam won $90 million. She announced at the time that she and her husband would both be retiring to enjoy their new-found wealth.

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District of Columbia
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
0
Tax Tax
8.5%

Washington D.C. has enjoyed plenty of success in Powerball, where winners can form a trust to collect prize money in a bid to protect their identities. In April 2009, an 82-year-old with 57 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren won $144 million, which remains the jurisdiction’s biggest win. Over 22 percent of the DC Lottery’s revenue benefits the citizens of the U.S. capital.

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West Virginia
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
8
Tax Tax
6.5%

One of Powerball’s original members, West Virginia has been at the heart of Powerball since its inception. The Mountain State, like many others, has donated a large portion of its revenue to the Lottery Fund. With over $3 billion put towards schools throughout the state, citizens are benefitting from playing Powerball. The biggest winner to come from West Virginia was Jack Whittaker, who won $314 million in December 2002.

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Wisconsin
Joined Joined
Apr 22, 1992
Winners Jackpot winners
17
Tax Tax
7.75%

The Badger State has produced a number of big Powerball winners, including the ‘100 Miracles’ office pool, which landed $208 million in 2006. Since the creation of the Wisconsin Lottery in 1987, it has donated over $4 million in revenue to deliver tax relief for homeowners. This way of distributing revenue is unique to Wisconsin and helps to keep housing affordable for millions of people across the state.

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Wyoming
Joined Joined
Aug 24, 2014
Winners Jackpot winners
0
Tax Tax
0%

One of the most recent additions to the Powerball lottery, Wyoming offers its winners the chance to remain anonymous if they wish to do so. There also aren’t any state taxes to be paid by winners, so there are plenty of benefits to playing a line in The Equality State. The state is still waiting for its first jackpot win since joining Powerball in 2014.

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