Powerball is a big-money lottery game known for record-breaking jackpots, reaching a high of $1.58 billion on Wednesday January 13th 2016, which was shared by three ticket holders from California, Florida and Tennessee. Find information on the latest Powerball numbers below as well as details on the history of the game and how to play Powerball in order to win one of the multimillion-dollar prizes on offer.
Latest Powerball Numbers
|Next Powerball Jackpot:
Wednesday, Sep 28th 2016
Sep 24th 2016
Sep 21st 2016
Sep 17th 2016
Sep 14th 2016
Sep 10th 2016
History of Powerball
Powerball is one of the biggest lotteries in the United States, with jackpots regularly reaching record-breaking levels. It is operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) in cooperation with 47 different states and jurisdictions. Today, Powerball is played by millions of Americans who want to beat the odds and win great prizes. With no jackpot cap, the top prize can quickly grow to nine or even ten figures!
The history of this exciting game began in September 1987, when lottery officials from Iowa, Kansas, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington D.C and West Virginia joined to form the Multi-State Lottery Association. On February 13th 1988, they launched a new game called Lotto*America and were joined by ten more state lotteries over the next four years. The game was replaced by Powerball on April 22nd, 1992. In January 2010, a cross-selling agreement between Powerball and Mega Millions was reached, bringing Powerball to even more states across the country. California joined Powerball in 2013, followed by Puerto Rico and Wyoming in 2014.
The rules of the game have changed throughout the years, with the latest alteration taking place in early October 2015. The matrix for both the main numbers and Powerball changed, which lengthened the odds of winning the jackpot, but increased the overall chances of winning a prize. This move was designed to generate larger jackpots, and proved successful when the Powerball jackpot reached $1.58 billion on Wednesday January 13th 2016, which remains the largest top prize ever to be offered by any lottery in the world.
How to Play Powerball
Powerball costs just $2 per play and drawings take place every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 PM EST in Tallahassee, Florida. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26. Aside from the jackpot, the eight other prize tiers in Powerball have fixed cash amounts. Here's a breakdown of the prize tiers and the odds for winning in each tier:
|Prize Tier||Odds of Winning||Prize|
|Match 5 + Powerball||1 in 292,201,338||Jackpot|
|Match 5||1 in 11,688,053.52||$1 million|
|Match 4 + Powerball||1 in 913,129.18||$50,000|
|Match 4||1 in 36,525.16||$100|
|Match 3 + Powerball||1 in 14,494.11||$100|
|Match 3||1 in 579.76||$7|
|Match 2 + Powerball||1 in 701.32||$7|
|Match 1 + Powerball||1 in 91.97||$4|
|Powerball only||1 in 38.32||$4|
|Overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are 1 in 24.87.|
The only exception to this chart is California, where prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning that their values are determined by the number of winners in each tier and the number of tickets sold for a particular drawing.
For an extra $1 per play, all ticket holders (except those in California) can participate in the Power Play game, giving them the chance to exponentially increase the value of any prizes they might win in non-jackpot tiers. The tables below demonstrates how much a player could win if they participate in Power Play, as well as the odds of a specific Power Play number appearing in a drawing:
|Prize Breakdown||Powerball Prize Amount||Power Play x 2||Power Play x 3||Power Play x 4||Power Play x 5||Power Play x 10**|
|Match 5 + Powerball||Jackpot||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Match 4 + Powerball||$50,000||$100,000||$150,000||$200,000||$250,000||$500,000|
|Match 3 + Powerball||$100||$200||$300||$400||$500||$1000|
|Match 2 + Powerball||$7||$14||$21||$28||$35||$70|
|Match 1 + Powerball||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20||$40|
|*A Power Play Match 5 prize will be set at $2,000,000 regardless of the Power Play number drawn.|
|**The Power Play x10 only applies when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less.|
When 10x Multiplier is in Place (Jackpot Worth $150 Million or Less):
|Power Play Multiplier||Odds|
|10x||1 in 43|
|5x||1 in 21.5|
|4x||1 in 14.33|
|3x||1 in 3.31|
|2x||1 in 1.79|
When 10x Multiplier is not in Place (Jackpot Worth More Than $150 Million):
|Power Play Multiplier||Odds|
|5x||1 in 21|
|4x||1 in 14|
|3x||1 in 3.23|
|2x||1 in 1.75|
Biggest Powerball Winners
On Wednesday January 13th 2016 Powerball hit $1.58 billion, the largest lottery jackpot of all time. The sum was shared among three tickets. John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee came forward within a matter of days to claim their share of the winnings, amounting to $528.8 million before taxes. A month later, Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt of Melbourne Beach, Florida claimed their share. Six months after the drawing, Marvin and Mae Acosta of Chino Hills, California, came forward as the owners of the third winning ticket.
On May 18th 2013, Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida won $590.5 million, which remains the largest lottery win on a single ticket. MacKenzie chose a cash sum of $370.9 million.
A $587.5 million 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.
In February 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.
Here are the top Powerball winners of all time:
|$1.58 billion (cash option $983.5 million)||January 13th 2016||John and Lisa Robinson of Tennessee, Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt of Florida and Marvin and Mae Acosta of California|
|$590.5 million (took the cash option of $370.9 million)||May 18th 2013||Gloria MacKenzie of Florida|
|$587.5 million (shared the cash option of $384.7 million)||November 28th 2012||Matthew Good of Arizona and Cindy & Mark Hill of Missouri|
|$564.1 million (shared the cash option of $381.1 million)||February 11th 2015||Marie Holmes of North Carolina, TL Management Trust of Texas and an anonymous player from Puerto Rico|
|$448.4 million (shared the cash option of $258.1 million)||August 7th 2013||Paul White of Minnesota, Ocean’s 16 of New Jersey and Mario Scarnici of New Jersey|
|$429.6 million (cash option $284 million)||7th May 2016||Ticket holder from Trenton, New Jersey|
Claiming Powerball Prizes
If you've won a large Powerball prize, you should contact your state's lottery office straight away for information about how to claim your winnings.
Jackpot winners will have the option to choose between a lump sum payout and a structured annuity payment. If you choose an annuity, then you will receive an immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments, with every payment being four percent higher than the last one. A lump sum option gives you an immediate payout, but this is usually lower than the advertised jackpot amount as it represents the amount of cash on hand at the time.
If you win a prize worth $5,000 or more, you should expect to pay 25 percent in federal withholdings, as well as a variable amount of state taxes depending on the state in which the prize was won. However, you won't be responsible for any state-level taxes if you live in California, Delaware, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas Washington State or Wyoming. You should seek financial advice from a tax professional should you win a large prize to discover what your actual tax burden might be.
The Fine Print
Anyone who wants to play Powerball needs to be at least 18 years old in most U.S. states. Residents of Nebraska must be at least 19 years old in order to play and residents of Arizona, Iowa or Louisiana must be at least 21 years old.
If you do win a Powerball prize, then you will need to make your claim in the state where you bought your ticket.
You need to purchase a Powerball ticket if you want the chance to win a Powerball prize. Anyone who contacts you out of the blue with the news that you've won the Powerball jackpot is trying to set you up for a scam. Powerball officials will never directly contact a ticket holder to inform them of a lottery win – it is the player's responsibility to get in touch with lottery officials if they think they have a winning ticket. You can't win any sweepstakes, lottery, raffle or competition that you have never entered before.
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