What is the biggest Powerball jackpot ever?
Today’s jackpot is the largest Powerball jackpot in history at $2.04 billion; we take a look at other recrod lottery wins in the United States.
There was a lucky jackpot winner on Nov. 7, 2022 in the Powerball drawing where a lucky winner had a ticket matching all six numbers drawn. This means the jackpot for Wednesday’s drawgoes back to a mere $20 million.
The Nov. 7, 2022 jackpot saw a lucky winner take home the largest jackpot in US lottery history, more than these previous winners.
Here are the previous top five Powerball jackpots to have been won to date…
1. $1.586 billion, January 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
2. $768.4 million, March 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)
3. $758.7 million, August 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
4. $731.1 million, January 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
5. $699.8 million, October 2021 (one ticket, from California)
Note that the 2016 record was shared between three ticket-holders that each correctly guessed all six winning numbers. In the event of multiple winners, the jackpot prize is divided between the ticket-holders.
Powerball winner on Nov. 7, 2022 took home the largest jackpot in US history
Ten-figure lottery jackpots have become surprisingly common in recent years after lottery officials tweaked the game rules to boost the top prize. Earlier this year, for example, Powerball organisers added a third weekly draw to help build larger jackpots and increase sales.
In addition to the Powerball records mentioned above, there have been three Mega Millions draws with a ten-figure jackpot.
$1.537 billion, October 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)
$1.337 billion, July 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)
$1.05 billion, January 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)
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