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Luckiest States for Hitting the Powerball Jackpot

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With Powerball up to $321 million for Saturday’s drawing, USA TODAY compiled a list of states with the most jackpot winners in the history of the game.

The luckiest of the lucky? That would be Indiana. The Hoosier State boasts 39 jackpot wins since 1992, when Powerball got its start. Read on to see how your state stacks up!

Keep in mind that five states don’t have state lotteries: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. Mississippi has a *new* state lottery, and began selling Powerball tickets in January 2020.

This list takes into account the 44 states, plus Washington, D.C, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, that do offer Powerball.

And, if your state doesn’t appear on the list? Not to fear. We’d say you’re due for a win.

States with the Most Powerball Jackpot Winners*

Source: Visit USA TODAY for the full list.
Rank State Jackpots Won
1 Indiana 39
2 Missouri 31
3 Minnesota 22
4 (tie) Kentucky 18
4 (tie) Pennsylvania 18
6 (tie) Louisiana 17
6 (tie) Wisconsin 17
8 Arizona 13
9 Florida 13
10 (tie) Kansas 11
10 (tie) New Hampshire 11
10 (tie) Washington, D.C. 11
10 (tie) New York 11

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Numbers don’t lie. These are the luckiest states for hitting the Powerball jackpot.

States where powerball is played

It’s America’s Game! Since 1992, POWERBALL® has inspired the country with a chance to become a millionaire, while raising $25 billion for good causes supported by lotteries. Powerball set a world record jackpot of $1.586 billion in January 2016. The record prize was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are broadcast live every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET from the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee. More than half of all proceeds from the sale of a Powerball ticket remain in the jurisdiction where the ticket was sold .

The Powerball jackpot grows until it is won. Players select five numbers from 1 to 69; and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. Players can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times with the Power Play® option for an additional $1 per play. NOTE: The Match 5 + Power Play prize is always $2 million. The 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less.

Powerball jackpot winners may choose to receive their prize as an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum payment. Both advertised prize options are prior to federal and jurisdictional taxes.

The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.9. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

  • 50% of a ticket sale goes to fund prizes
  • 35% of a ticket sale benefits the good causes supported by lotteries
  • 6% of a ticket sale goes to retailer commissions
  • 9% of a ticket sale goes to operating expenses

Transfer percentages vary by jurisdiction, check with your local lottery for more information.

History of Powerball

Powerball celebrated its 28th Anniversary in April 2020.

The first Powerball drawing held on April 22, 1992 had 15 participating lotteries: Delaware, District of Columbia, Iowa, Idaho, Hoosier (Indiana), Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Today, there are 48 U.S. lotteries selling the Powerball game.

In October 2015, the latest version of the Powerball game debuted with enhancements aimed at delivering bigger jackpots and more overall winners. The game matrix was changed; the number of white balls increased to 69, while the number of red balls dropped to 26. The Power Play® feature was enhanced with a 10X multiplier that is available for play whenever the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less. The Match 4 + PB prize also increased from $10 thousand to $50 thousand.

Powerball set a world record jackpot of $1.586 billion on Jan. 13, 2016. Three winning tickets in California, Florida and Tennessee shared the record prize.

Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL)

Overview
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its member lotteries. Each MUSL member offers one or more of the games administered by MUSL. All profits are retained by the individual lotteries and are used to fund projects approved by the legislature authorizing each lottery.

MUSL Members
Select a jurisdiction below to view MUSL member information.

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