Powerball creates hundreds of thousands of winners in each draw, as players from across the U.S go in search of life-changing jackpots. The top prize starts at a minimum of $40 million and regularly grows into nine figures, sometimes even ten! The game has been responsible for many of the biggest winners in lottery history.
Here are the largest Powerball jackpots in history.
|Amount||Cash or Annuity?||Date||Winner Details|
|$1.58 billion||Shared the cash option of $983.5 million||January 13th 2016||The largest lottery jackpot of all time was shared by three ticket holders. John and Lisa Robinson from Munford in Tennessee quickly came forward, telling the world about their win on the Today show. David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith from Melbourne Beach in Florida soon claimed their money, but it was another six months until Marvin and Mae Acosta from Chino Hills in California made themselves known to lottery officials.|
|$758.7 million||Took the cash option of $480.5 million||August 23rd 2017||A record for the biggest jackpot ever won by a single ticket was set when a player from Massachusetts banked an incredible $758.7 million. Mavis Wanczyk came forward the next day to claim the prize, revealing that she had already quit her job in a hospital and would celebrate by going to ‘hide in bed’.|
|$590.5 million||Took the cash option of $370.9 million||May 18th 2013||Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida, had previously held the record for the biggest prize won on a single ticket when she landed $590.5 million on May 18th 2013.|
|$587.5 million||Shared the cash option of $384.7 million||November 28th 2012||This gargantuan jackpot was split between two winning tickets after a drawing on November 28th, 2012. Both Matthew Good of Arizona and Missouri grandparents Mark and Cindy Hill chose a lump sum payout of $192 million before taxes.|
|$564.1 million||Shared the cash option of $381.1 million||February 11th 2015||Three ticket holders from North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas split a Powerball jackpot of $564.1 million, with each receiving a $188 million share. The Puerto Rican winner remained anonymous, while the Texan player claimed their massive windfall through a trust in March 2015. Only Marie Holmes of North Carolina came forward to the press.|
|$488.4 million||Shared the cash option of $258.1 million||August 7th 2013||Three winning tickets shared this fantastic jackpot. Paul White from Ham Lake in Minnesota bought one of the winning entries, while the other two prizes were claimed in New Jersey. A 16-strong lottery pool from Oceans County, known as ‘Oceans 16’, took one of the prizes, while the other went to Mario Scarnici from Monmouth Junction.|
|$487 million||Took the cash option of $341.7 million||July 30th 2016||A family from New Hampshire became $487 million richer in July 2016 after matching all the numbers drawn. Claiming the prize through the Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust, they promised to support good causes in the Granite State.|
|$487 million||Took the cash option of $341.7 million||July 30th 2016||A family from New Hampshire became multi-millionaires overnight in July 2016 after matching all the numbers drawn. Claiming the prize through the Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust, they promised to support good causes in the Granite State.|
|$447.8 million||Took the cash option of $279.1 million||June 10th 2017||Jeff Lindsay and his family took home a monstrous jackpot in June 2017 after buying a ticket from the Marietta Liquor and Deli store in the Sun City area of Menifee, California. He later revealed that he only bought the ticket on a whim when he went to the store to cash in a scratcher ticket.|
|$435.3 million||Took the cash option of $263.5 million||February 22nd 2017||Indiana’s proud record as the most successful Powerball state continued when one lucky player picked up the first jackpot of 2017. The winner opted to stay anonymous but it was revealed that he was a Purdue graduate who worked at a Lafayette manufacturing plant.|
|$429.6 million||Took the cash option of $284 million||May 7th 2016||A family lottery pool from Trenton in New Jersey claimed this huge prize after purchasing a ticket at a local 7-Eleven. The spokesperson for the group said that ‘divine intervention’ provided the winning numbers to her mother in a dream.|
The Powerball is famous worldwide for its record-breaking jackpots. This trend towards sky-rocketing prizes began in July 2013 when Colleen DeVries and Leslie Robbins of Wisconsin claimed $111.2 million, the first nine-figure top prize pool, and new highs have been reached regularly since.