|Rank 1||5 + 1||Jackpot||1 in 292,201,338|
|Rank 2||5 + 0||$1,000,000||1 in 11,688,053.52|
|Rank 3||4 + 1||$10,000||1 in 913,129.18|
|Rank 4||4 + 0||$100||1 in 36,525.17|
|Rank 5||3 + 1||$100||1 in 14,494.11|
|Rank 6||3 + 0||$7||1 in 579.76|
|Rank 7||2 + 1||$7||1 in 701.33|
|Rank 8||1 + 1||$4||1 in 91.98|
|Rank 9||0 + 1||$4||1 in 38.92|
The draws for the game take place every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time in Tallahassee, Florida. To claim prizes, ticket expiration periods vary from state to state, from 90 days to one year.
Past winners of the Powerball have provided us with both great success stories as well as some more disastrous tales. Eighty-four year-old Gloria MacKenzie is a great example of the former. She purchased a “quick pick” random ticket which resulted in her winning a mammoth $590 million, which is the largest Powerball jackpot in history. An instance of where someone used their winnings wisely was reported by the Oregon Post, who said of how one winner increased their wealth, turning $18 million winnings into $33 million in ten years through property investment.
In 2013, the most successful states in regards to winning players were New Jersey and Florida with two each, while Missouri, Nebraska, Massachusetts, New York , California, South Carolina, Minnesota, Pensylvania, Texas, Delaware, Louisiana, Illinois, and Virginia all had one winner each.
The Powerball’s predecessor was known as ‘Lotto America’ and began in 1988, before changing to ‘Powerball’ on April 19th, 1992. A significant change was seen in November of 1997, when the annuity was changed from 20 to 25 yearly payments and the option to receive cash winnings was added. In a re-structuring operation in 2009, the format of the game was changed by adding four white ball numbers and dropping three red ball numbers in order to increase the odds. This effectively increased probability, which in turn had a positive effect on jackpots and saw the quantity of cash prizes increase by over 3.5 million. The starting jackpot increased to $20 million, with at least $5 million being added from each rollover. This saw the Powerball overtake much of its competition to become one of the most popular lotteries in the US.
The Powerball is part of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MSLA) which is a non-profit, government owned association, operated by an agreement with various U.S lotteries. The MUSL was formed by seven American lotteries in 1987, launching its first game in 1987. The money retained by the MSLA is used by state legislature towards charity funds for positive causes, and the Powerball lottery has donated nearly $882 million itself since 2002.
The Powerball is able to boast the biggest ever jackpot giveaway of $590 million for a single ticket holder. To put that into context, that amount is what the 20 poorest countries in the world combined spend annually on health and education.