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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.

Powerball Winners

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.

State: Jackpot Winners: Percentage of Total
Jackpot Winners:
Indiana 39 10.1%
Missouri 31 8.0%
Minnesota 22 5.7%
Pennsylvania 18 4.7%
Kentucky 18 4.7%
Wisconsin 18 4.7%
Louisiana 17 4.4%
Florida 14 3.6%
Arizona 13 3.4%
New York 12 3.1%
New Hampshire 11 2.8%
Kansas 11 2.8%
Washington, D.C. 11 2.8%
Delaware 10 2.6%
Nebraska 10 2.6%
New Jersey 9 2.3%
Iowa 9 2.3%
California 9 2.3%
West Virginia 9 2.3%
Rhode Island 8 2.1%
Connecticut 8 2.1%
Tennessee 7 1.8%
South Carolina 6 1.6%
Georgia 6 1.6%
North Carolina 6 1.6%
Massachusetts 6 1.6%
Michigan 5 1.3%
New Mexico 5 1.3%
Idaho 5 1.3%
Oregon 5 1.3%
Oklahoma 4 1.0%
Montana 4 1.0%
Ohio 3 0.8%
Colorado 3 0.8%
South Dakota 3 0.8%
Texas 2 0.5%
Illinois 2 0.5%
Puerto Rico 2 0.5%
Maryland 2 0.5%
Arkansas 1 0.3%
Virginia 1 0.3%
Washington 1 0.3%
U.S. Virgin Islands 0 0%
Vermont 0 0%
Wyoming 0 0%
Maine 0 0%
Mississippi 0 0%
North Dakota 0 0%
Total: 386 100%

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.

Powerball Jackpots

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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