Luckiest States for Hitting the Powerball Jackpot
Is geography in your favor?
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*
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Powerball and Mega Millions
Powerball and Mega Millions: A state-by-state ranking of jackpot winners
UPDATE: Powerball lottery: 2 tickets match $687.8M jackpot winning numbers, 2 N.J. tickets win $1M
By Jeff Goldman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Though the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games have awarded billions in prizes over years, there’s never been a week quite like this one.
A day after someone in South Carolina won a Mega Millions record $1.537 million jackpot, the top prize for Powerball climbed to $687.8 million making it the first week in lottery history where more than $2 billion in jackpots were up for grabs.
By contrast, when three ticket holders split the $1.5864 billion Powerball jackpot on Jan. 13, 2016, Mega Millions’ top prize a night earlier was a mere $15 million.
Tuesday’s 10-figure prize marked the 180th jackpot won in Mega Millions’ 16-year history. In all there have been 204 jackpot winning tickets. The $687.8 million Powerball prize won on Saturday by two tickets was the fourth largest in lottery history.
If there’s been a theme for the two games over the years, it’s been, bigger, bigger and still bigger – more participating states, longer jackpot odds and larger prizes.
Powerball has been around for 26 years and has produced more than 300 jackpot winners.
Of the 25 largest jackpots, 15 are Powerball and 10 are Mega Millions. All but one of those prizes has been won since 2012 as lottery officials changed the games to make them harder to win and drive up the size of jackpots.
The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot were about 55 million to 1 when the game made its debut in 1992 in 15 states: Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Hoosier (Indiana), Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington DC, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Back then jackpots started at $2 million – these days the minimum jackpot is $40 million.
The odds changed to about 80 million to 1 in 1997 and by 2002 were 120 million to 1. Players’ chances to hit the jackpot also worsened in 2005, 2009, 2012 and finally in 2015 when they reached the current 292,201,338 to 1.
Mega Millions had even more modest beginnings when it originated in 1996 as The Big Game. It included just six states – Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia – with drawings held one a week.
In 1998, Mega Millions added a Tuesday drawing to go with the one on Friday night. A year later, New Jersey became the seventh state to offer the game.
As late as 2010, the Mega Millions was only offered in 12 states. That year, Mega Millions and Powerball struck a cross-selling deal where both games could be offered in a state. That added 23 more states to the Mega Millions mix. It was also when New Jersey began selling Powerball tickets.
Mega Millions jackpots also start at $40 million, but it’s even tougher to win than the Powerball – a $2 ticket is about 1 in 302 million shot to to collect the big prize.
There have been 20 Mega Millions and eight Powerball jackpot winning tickets sold in the Garden State.
Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is the third largest in the game’s history and the fourth-biggest in U.S. lottery history.
Both games are offered in 44 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico only sells Powerball tickets. There are no lottery sales in Alaska, Alabama, Hawaii Mississippi, Nevada and Utah.
Here’s a state-by-state ranking of Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot winners through the years (including earlier iterations of the multi-state games.)
4 states and Virgin Islands – 0 jackpot winners
Four of the 44 states that sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets have gone without a jackpot winner in either multi-state lottery. Those still getting blanked are Maine, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming. The Virgin Islands also offer both games, but have not had a jackpot winner.
Alabama – 1 jackpot
Alabama has had just one multi-state lottery win – a Mega Millions jackpot worth $12 million in 2003.
Akansas – 2 jackpots
Arkansas has two multi-state lottery wins – one each for Powerball and Mega Millions. The most recent was a $177 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2017.
Puerto Rico – 2 jackpots
Puerto Rico has been the home to two Powerball winning jackpots, but no Mega Millions. Both Powerball wins were in 2015 and one of them was for a three-way split of a $564 million jackpot, which currently ranks 9th on the top jackpot list.Luckiest states for Powerball, Mega Millions lottery jackpots, ranked Powerball and Mega Millions Powerball and Mega Millions: A state-by-state ranking of jackpot winners UPDATE: ]]>