Powerball is played in 44 US states as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. Some states have sold tickets to the game since it launched in 1992, and others have steadily joined over the years to help make it even more popular and drive up jackpots to record amounts. Wyoming and Puerto Rico were the latest jurisdictions to join Powerball in late 2014.
Some states have enjoyed considerable success, while others are still waiting to register their first Powerball jackpot winner. The table below is updated whenever the top prize is won and shows how many jackpot-winning tickets have been sold in each of the participating areas.
There have been hundreds of jackpot winners over the years, snapping up multimillion-dollar rewards. Visit the Biggest Wins section below to find out about the largest prizes ever given away on the game.
The most recent Powerball jackpot was won on Saturday September 16th 2017.
There was 1 jackpot winning ticket that matched 5 main numbers and the Powerball. The ticket was purchased in Colorado.
Have a look at the table below to discover how many jackpot winners there have been in each state.
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Three jackpots have gone unclaimed since the beginning of the game. One from Georgia, another from Indiana and a $16 million jackpot prize that went unclaimed in Florida.
Powerball is one of the world's most popular lotteries and the absence of a jackpot cap means that the top prize can reach astronomical sums. In January 2016, it hit an incredible $1.58 billion in advance of the draw on Wednesday 13th, breaking the record for the world's biggest lottery jackpot!
Here are the largest Powerball wins to date:
Three players made Powerball and lottery history by snapping up an incredible jackpot worth $1.586 billion. The lucky winners were from California, Florida and Tennessee and took home a pre-tax total of $528.8 million each. 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 next month, and in July 2016, Marvin and Mae Acosta of Chino Hills, California claimed their winnings, ending months of speculation about what had happened to the third ticket.
Mavis Wanczyk, 53, bought the winning ticket at a petrol station in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The win is the highest ever on a single lottery ticket, surpassing the previous record set in 2013. Ms Wanczyk has opted to take the $480.5 million cash lump sum over the $758.7 million annuity.
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, at the time, the largest on record for a single ticket.
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.
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.
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 syndicate from Ocean County who were promptly nicknamed "Oceans 16". All three winning ticket holders selected the pre-tax cash option of $86 million each.
A single ticket from New Hampshire won a fantastic Powerball prize of $487 million on Saturday July 30th after 24 rollovers. The lucky winner is the tenth player from the Granite State to win a Powerball jackpot.
A Powerball player from Menifee, California won a prize of $447.8 million after purchasing their entry from the Marietta Liquor and Deli store in the Sun City area. The ticket holder, instantly made history by becoming the winner of the tenth largest lottery prize in U.S history.
A lucky ticket holder from Indiana matched all five main numbers and the Powerball to become the first jackpot winner of 2017. It not only kept Indiana flying high as the most successful state for Powerball players, but was also the largest prize ever won by a Hoosier.
A player from New Jersey claimed this massive jackpot with a ticket purchased at a 7-Eleven in the state's capital, Trenton. The victory was the sixth largest Powerball prize in history and the seventh jackpot won in the state of New Jersey.
This lucky winner waited over a month to claim his prize. B. Raymond Buxton, a retiree from northern California, stepped forward to collect his check on April Fools' Day. Sporting a Star Wars shirt that read "Luck of the Jedi I Have", Buxton described his win as "Unbelievable!"
A group of twenty lucky co-workers from Tennessee claimed the $420.9 Million Powerball jackpot. The prize was the ninth largest Powerball jackpot ever and the sixth jackpot won in the state of Tennessee.
An anonymous winner from South Carolina scooped this prize. The lucky player claimed that this was only the second time he had ever played Powerball. When he discovered his huge win, the first creature to hear the news was his dog!
These winners now have a million dollars for every day of the year! A syndicate from Nebraska comprising of seven men and one woman won this amazing amount of money in early 2006. The group chose the cash option of $177.2 million, with each member receiving $15.5 million after taxes.
A family unit managed to walk away with this prize. Bob and Frances Chaney, together with their daughter Carolyn West and her husband Steve, shared the huge win between them. Mrs Chaney proudly declared: "I'm glad we are able to share with our family."↑ To top