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 page to find out about the largest prizes ever given away on the game.
The most recent Powerball jackpot was won on Saturday, January 23, 2021.
There was 1 jackpot winning ticket that matched 5 main numbers and the Powerball. The ticket was purchased in New Jersey.
Winners by State
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.
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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 table below shows all the Powerball jackpots to have been won since 2003. Use it to find out who has won the top prize, plus when and where the jackpots have been given away. See how much each win was worth and whether the lucky players took the cash option or the annuity. Go to the Biggest Winners page to see a list of the biggest ever Powerball jackpots and learn about the people that won them.Powerball Winners – Find out information on Powerball Winners by state and view a list of every Powerball jackpot won since 2003.
Washington state woman wins $90 million Powerball jackpot on first try
By Reuters Staff
SEATTLE (Reuters) – A Washington state woman on Thursday claimed a $90 million Powerball lottery jackpot after buying a ticket for the first time, and said she would quit her job at plane maker Boeing Co and buy a new Subaru.
Lisa Quam, who bought her ticket at a grocery story in Auburn, south of Seattle, had the six correct numbers in Saturday’s multi-state drawing, the lottery said in a statement.
“Sent out an email to my co-workers and friends at work this morning and told them what a pleasure it was to work with them and to check the news today, and they’ll come to an understanding of why I am writing this note,” Quam said to laughter at a news conference in Olympia.
Quam and her husband bought two Powerball tickets on a Thanksgiving Day run to buy a newspaper and pumpkin spice, the lottery’s statement said. She posted the tickets on the refrigerator and checked the numbers on Sunday.
“I yelled to my family, ‘Get up here!’ They all thought I was mad and angry about something,” she said in a statement through the lottery. “My daughter asked, ‘Is this an emergency?’ and I said, ‘Yes!’”
Quam has not decided whether to collect the prize as a lump sum, which would amount to roughly $56.8 million, or as an annuity of 30 payments.
The largest-ever Powerball jackpot was for $590.5 million and went to the holder of a single winning ticket last year.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 175 million. The game is played in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Quam was the first Powerball jackpot winner in Washington state.
“We have student loans just like every family, house repairs. Maybe we’ll buy a house for one of the kids,” she said when asked by reporters about her plans.
Quam said she expected to travel more and had already identified her next new car: a Subaru Forester.
Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric WalshA Washington state woman on Thursday claimed a $90 million Powerball lottery jackpot after buying a ticket for the first time, and said she would quit her job at plane maker Boeing Co and buy a new Subaru. ]]>