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 Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
There was 1 jackpot winning ticket that matched 5 main numbers and the Powerball. The ticket was purchased in New York.
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.
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Winning $396.9 million Powerball ticket sold in Florida
A $396.9 million Powerball ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Bonita Springs in January 2020. Fort Myers News-Press
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla – One lucky ticket sold in Florida matched all six numbers in the Powerball Wednesday night, according to lottery officials.
That ticket ended up being worth $396.9 million, up from the estimated $394 million before the drawing, according to the Powerball website. The winner will have an option to take a cash payment of $274.6 million instead of the annuity.
The winning numbers drawn Jan. 29 were: 9 – 12 – 15 – 31 – 60 and Powerball 2. The Powerplay was 2x. The winning ticket was reportedly sold at a 7-Eleven in Bonita Springs in southwestern Florida.
In addition to the big Florida winner, three tickets matched all five white balls to win $1 million, including another one in Florida. The other two tickets were sold in Ohio and Virginia.
One lucky person bought the winning ticket at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday night, just a few hours before the drawing, at a 7-Eleven store in Bonita Springs. The store is one of the last places to stock up on food and drink before hitting the beaches, drawing in both tourists and regulars, according to the Naples Daily News, part of the USA TODAY Network.
“Everybody’s very excited,” said Nour Obeissy, franchise owner of the 7-Eleven in Bonita Springs. “(Regulars) are happy for the store and the Bonita Springs area.”
Thursday morning was busy at the Bonita Springs convenience store. One customer waved around a Powerball ticket with a smile, claiming he “won the jackpot,” before cashing in his ticket for a $5 prize. Others who stopped by gave a curious look at the posters that declare the location as the seller of the jackpot ticket.
The store owner gets a cash prize for selling the ticket, but Obeissy said he’s not thinking about the money.
He hopes more people will play the lottery at his winning location, Obeissy said.
“Now they know we have the lucky machines,” he said.
One lucky ticket sold in Florida matched all six numbers in the Powerball Wednesday night and is worth $396.9 million, according to lottery officials.