Biggest Powerball Jackpots
Powerball is famous for its big jackpots and has regularly set records since the game’s launch in 1992. There are hundreds of thousands of Powerball winners in every draw, with a jackpot that starts at $20 million and keeps growing until it is won.
Read on to discover the top 10 biggest jackpots in Powerball history. Find out everything about the game’s biggest winners, including where they purchased their tickets and what they planned to do with their new-found wealth.
1. $2.04 billion - November 7, 2022
Lottery history was made in this draw as it was the first time that the jackpot for Powerball, Mega Millions, or any other game, had ever gone above $2 billion.
The final figure was $2.04 billion after a late surge of ticket sales. The high level of interest even caused one lottery, Minnesota, to experience a technical delay in processing its data that led to the draw being held up until the next morning.
A single player was revealed to be the winner. The ticket was bought in California, at a gas station in Altadena. The winner was left with a choice of $2.04 billion as an annuity, or a one-time payment of $997 million.
2. $1.58 billion - January 13, 2016
This prize marked the first-ever occasion that a jackpot rolled above $1 billion. It was split by three winning tickets sold in California, Florida, and Tennessee.
First to claim were Munford, Tennessee couple John and Lisa Robinson, who appeared on the Today show to tell a live TV audience that they held one of the lucky tickets. They chose to receive the cash option payout of $327.8 million. Had they opted for the annuitized prize, their share would have been nearly $530 million.
The second set of winners to surface were husband and wife David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach, Florida. They claimed via the Nickel 95 Trust, which they created to manage their winnings. The couple also decided to receive their prize as a $327.8 million lump sum.
Six months after the draw, Marvin and Mae Acosta from Chino Hills, California stepped forward as the holders of the third winning ticket. The couple stated that they would donate most of the money to a Trust and to charity. The Acostas also chose to take their win as the $327.8 million cash option.
3. $768.4 million - March 27, 2019
24-year-old Manuel Franco of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the lucky recipient of the highest lottery prize ever won by a single ticket at the time. Franco said he had a "really lucky, weird feeling" when he purchased the winning ticket. He opted for the lump sum payout of $477 million, choosing to retire and pursue his goal to "help out the world."
4. $758.7 million - August 23, 2017
At the time, this jackpot was the largest ever hit on a single ticket. Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts wasted no time in claiming her life-changing win, stepping forward the day after the drawing to collect the cash option of $480.5 million. She told lottery officials that she'd quit her job in a hospital, and her next step would be to "hide in bed"!
5. $731 million - January 20, 2021
The biggest prize in Maryland history went to a group of players who chose to stay anonymous, going by the name "The Power Pack." One of the group members bought their single winning Quick Pick ticket from Coney Market in Lonaconing, a small former mining town in Allegheny County. However, it took a while for their good fortune to sink in. After checking the winning numbers, the member who purchased the ticket told the rest of the group, "This can't be right. I'm going to work."
The Power Pack eventually did claim their prize in May, sharing the $546.8 million lump sum payout, less $366.6 million in federal and state tax withholdings. While they didn't plan to change the way they lived, the winners said they would invest in order to support their families and communities "for generations to come."
This incredible jackpot should definitely answer the question, "Do Powerball Quick Picks ever win?"
6. $699.8 million - October 4, 2021
This amazing prize was won by a single ticket purchased in California, following 40 jackpot rollovers. The cash option is valued at $496 million. The winner has not come forward yet to claim their payout.
This win was extra-special in a number of ways. It was the first time the jackpot was hit on a Monday since Powerball added the third weekly draw in August 2021. Not only that, but the prize was also the fifth-largest Powerball win ever, the seventh-largest US jackpot of all time, AND the biggest lottery win in California history!
The ticket was sold by Albertsons in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County.
7. $687 million - October 27, 2018
Two winners shared this awesome jackpot: Lerynne West of Redford, Iowa and Robert Bailey of New York City.
After temporarily losing her ticket in her sister's truck, West was able to claim her prize, using some of the funds to create a charity named in honor of her grandson, The Callum Foundation.
Bailey, a retired government worker, faithfully stuck with the same numbers for over 25 years after receiving them from a friend - and said he's not going to stop playing his lucky picks anytime soon. Both winners chose to receive the lump sum payment of $198 million each.
8. $632 million – January 5, 2022
This huge jackpot was split between two winning tickets – one from Wisconsin and one from California. The Wisconsin winners were revealed to be Tammy and Cliff Webster from Oneida near Green Bay. They purchased their entry at Jackson Pointe Citgo, 2710 Packerland Drive in Green Bay and described it as a 'wonderful blessing'.
9. $590.5 million - May 18, 2013
Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida, made history with the largest prize ever won by a single ticket. She chose to receive her payout as the cash value of $370.9 million.
10. $587.5 million - November 28, 2012
Arizona resident Matthew Good and Missouri grandparents Mark and Cindy Hill shared this jackpot, with all the winners deciding to go with the cash option payout of $192 million each before taxes.