Powerball is played in 45 US states as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands and Washington D.C., and the wide participation creates some huge prize pools. The biggest-ever Powerball winners have each claimed hundreds of millions of dollars in prize money, and the game holds the record for the largest jackpot ever offered: an incredible $1.58 billion.
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 Powerball Winners section below to find out about the largest prizes ever given away on the game.
The most recent Powerball jackpot was won on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
There was 1 jackpot winning ticket that matched 5 main numbers and the Powerball. The ticket was purchased in Michigan.
Powerball was launched in 23 states in 1992, and its membership has gradually increased in the years since. As a result, some states have seen more jackpot winners than others. Use our interactive map to see how many jackpots have been claimed in your state, and find out where it stands compared to other states in the table beneath.
|State:||Jackpot Winners:||Percentage of Total
|U.S. Virgin Islands||0||0%|
Three jackpots have gone unclaimed since the beginning of the game. One was from a ticket purchased in Georgia, another from Indiana and a $16 million jackpot prize that went unclaimed in Florida.
The large player pool and lack of a jackpot cap means that Powerball offers some of the biggest lottery prizes in the world. Jackpots start at $20 million (*During the Coronavirus pandemic, the starting jackpot may be lower than this) but usually roll over to nine figures before they're won. The record-breaking $1.58 billion prize of January 2016 accumulated as 19 draws went by without a winner. The Powerball jackpot hasn’t come close to that figure since, but it's only a matter of time before that record is broken again.
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. Read More.|
|$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’. Read More.|
|$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. Read More.|
|$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.|
|$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. Read More.|
|$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. Read More.|
|$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. Read More.|
|$487 million||July 30, 2016||A single ticket from New Hampshire won a fantastic Powerball prize of $487 million on Saturday July 30th after 24 rollovers. The lucky winner was the tenth player from the Granite State to win a Powerball jackpot. Read More.|
|$456 million||March 17, 2018||A ticket holder from Pennsylvania claimed the state’s 18th jackpot in March 2018, worth $456 million. The ticket holder claimed the prize under the Emerald Legacy Trust, opting for the jackpot’s cash value, which worked out at over $273 million. The winning ticket was sold at Speedway on Lancaster Road in Manheim, PA.|