Powerball First Millionaire of the Year Countdown is On

Monday September 27th 2021

One lucky Powerball player will win $1 million on live TV this New Year's - could it be you? For the third year in a row, the Powerball First Millionaire of the Year will be selected in a draw held just after midnight.

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Powerball has once agin partnered with Dick Clark Productions to make one finalist an instant millionaire. The lucrative special prize draw will happen live on air during the "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022" TV broadcast on ABC just after the ball drops at midnight in Times Square.

Five finalists from across the country will be randomly chosen to take part in the show and get the chance to take home the $1 million grand prize.

The 2021 Powerball First Millionaire of the Year, selected just after midnight on January 1, 2021, was Carlos Mabry of Washington, D.C., who was watching the broadcast from home with his family.

"This promotion captures the anticipation and thrill of Powerball – you never know where our next big winner will come from!" said May Scheve Reardon, Powerball Product Group Chair and Missouri Lottery Executive Director.

This has become a fun New Year's Eve tradition that supports our lottery partners as they engage players and raise vital funds for their beneficiaries."

"'Powerball First Millionaire of the Year' presents lotteries the opportunity to offer players a life-changing prize," said Kevin Patrick Smith, SVP, Business Development and Partnerships, dick clark productions.

This promotion has become an integral part of 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022,' and viewers now expect to share in the excitement of the winning moment. We look forward to another thrilling year of state promotions leading up to New Year's Eve."

How the Promotion Works

Lotteries across the country are participating in contests or drawings to choose a pool of semi-finalists.

After each participating lottery has selected its semi-finalists, the five finalists will be picked from this nationwide group.

The finalists not only get the chance at the seven-figure top prize - they'll also ring in 2022 in style with a home party package that features $10,000 cash, dinner for eight, 70-inch LED TV, karaoke system, laptop, and $500 Party City voucher.

In many jurisdictions, the semi-finalists will also take home prizes even if they don't make it to the final five.

Participating Lotteries

The following lotteries are taking part in this year's First Millionaire promotion.

The information below relates to the local stage of the promotion, where each lottery randomly selects semi-finalists from among eligible entries.

Generally, both winning and non-winning Powerball tickets are eligible, and for each play or ticket, you will receive one entry.

Each lottery holds its own random drawing to choose the semi-finalists; the drawing date varies by jurisdiction.

Each state's semi-finalists are then entered into the drawing to choose the five national finalists, one of whom will become the Powerball First Millionaire of the Year.

Entry rules and dates vary by jurisdiction, so please check with your local lottery to confirm details.

Powerball First Millionaire of the Year Lotteries
Lottery Entry Dates Details
Arizona August 1 to September 30 Enter eligible draw game tickets of $10 or more into the semi-finalist draw on October 6 - 48 players will win $2,500 apiece.
District of Columbia September 5 to October 2 Contact the Lottery
Delaware August 23 to October 6 Every ninth Powerball ticket will receive an entry into the semi-finalist drawing on October 18. Nine winners will get a Winter Prize Pack valued at $1,000.
Florida August 22 to September 27 Enter eligible Powerball tickets into the October 4 drawing where 50 semi-finalist winners will receive $1,000 each.
Georgia September 20 to October 17 Contact the Lottery
Idaho August 21 to October 13 Every Powerball ticket generates a voucher to enter via the VIP Club webpage.
Illinois September 7 to October 15 Every Powerball ticket purchased within the entry timeframe will receive an entry into the New Year, Massive Money Sweepstakes. 50 semi-finalists will win $500 each.
Indiana (Hoosier) May 23 to June 19 Contact the Lottery
Iowa September 7 to 28 Entry closed. 20 semi-finalists will get a $2,500 cash payout.
Kansas August 22 to October 3 Join the Lottery's PlayOn (it's free) and enter your Powerball tickets. 14 semi-finalists will be randomly chosen on October 7 and win $1,000 cash each.
Kentucky August 23 to October 2 Powerball tickets worth worth $6 or more purchased in-store or online are eligible to enter the October 5 drawing. Spend more to get more entries. 20 semi-finalists will be drawn from in-store entries, and 10 from online entries. Winners take home a NYE Swag Bag valued at $100, $300 cash, $100 in KY Lottery Coupons and $100 in Bonus Bucks to play online.
Louisiana August 23 to September 20 Entry closed. The semi-finalist drawing will be held on October 4 and 30 winners will be posted on the Lottery's Facebook page on November 1. The semi-finalists will collect a Lottery NYE party package with a cooler featuring built-in speakers.
Maine September 1 to 30 Entry closed. Submit Powerball tickets worth at least $6 by October 2. The semi-finalists' drawing will take place October 6 to select eight winners of $10,000 each, with a chance to be one of eight finalists for a chance to win up to $1,000,000; five winners of $5,000 each; and five winners of $1,000 each
Minnesota August 26 to September 6 Entry closed. 30 players won $300 cash and a Lottery prize pack.
Mississippi September 1 to 14 Entry closed. On Friday, Sept. 10, the Mississippi Lottery will send an e-mail blast to all registered Mississippi Lottery Insiders. Sixteen eligible Mississippi Lottery Insiders (ages 21+) who register at the link in the email will be chosen in a random drawing to become a semifinalist in the Powerball First Millionaire of the Year drawing and will receive a Mississippi Lottery prize pack. The semifinalists will be selected on Monday, Sept. 13, and notified by e-mail. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win, just sign up to become a Mississippi Lottery Insider.
Missouri September 13 to October 4 Contact the Lottery
Nebraska August 30 to September 25 Entry closed. 15 semi-finalist winners will receive prizes of $2,022 each.
New Mexico August 9 to 22; August 23 to September 30 Purchase a Powerball ticket worth at least $6 from a NM Lottery retailer to receive an entry coupon with an entry code. Nine players will win $1,000 each.
New York September 1 to October 5 50 semi-finalist winners will each receive a $2,022 cash prize.
North Carolina Final entry date: July 31 Entry closed. A drawing was held August 4 to choose 25 winners who received a $100 Online Play credit.
North Dakota August 17 to October 11 Contact the Lottery
Oklahoma August 23 to October 13 Enter non-winning Powerball tickets and Quickticket for a chance to win a New Year's Eve party package and a $1 million prize. 16 semi-finalists with collect a $500 cash payout.
Pennsylvania August 17 to September 23; September 1 to 26 Entry has closed.
Rhode Island September 12 to December 29 One RI Lottery VIP Club Member will start 2022 with a $22,000 prize! Powerball tickets purchased within the promotion period will include a Second Chance Code to enter. Spend more to receive more entries, and buy tickets on Mondays to get double the entries!
South Dakota August 23 to October 1; October 1 to 8 Enter non-winning Double Play tickets, and keep an eye out for a Players Club email about a separate draw entry on October 1.
Tennessee October 1 to 31 Contact the Lottery
Texas August 23 Entry has closed
Vermont July 12 to 19 Entry has closed
Virgin Islands June 1 to October 16; September 16 to October 16 Contact the Lottery

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