history of powerball

History of Powerball

Powerball was launched in 1992 in place of the original Lotto America. It was introduced as a way to bring a fresh sense of excitement to Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) games. There were 15 participating lotteries at the start, and over the last few decades Powerball has grown to such an extent that the game is now played in 48 different jurisdictions and holds the record for the largest lottery prize ever won.

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The First Powerball Draw

Powerball tickets went on sale for the first time on April 19 th 1992, following the decision to rebrand the original Lotto America. The game was initially played in the following locations: Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington DC, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Players were required to pick five main numbers from a choice of 45 and a Powerball from a separate set of 45. The first draw took place on Wednesday April 22nd 1992 and one player from Indiana won the $5.9 million jackpot. The minimum jackpot for the next draw was $2 million.

More states gradually joined the game, and there were 21 participating lotteries by the time the first change was made to the number matrix in 1997.

Powerball Number Changes

From November 5 th 1997, players were required to pick five main numbers from 1 to 49 and a Powerball from 1 to 42. The minimum jackpot was increased to $10 million.

Power Play was introduced on March 7 th 2001, helping players to multiply the value of non-jackpot prizes.

The game changed again the following year, with the number of main balls raised to 53 on October 9 th 2002. Another tweak on August 31 st 2005 saw the number of main balls increased to 55 and the starting jackpot move up to $15 million.

The Powerball remained a choice of 42 numbers until January 7 th 2009, when the matrix changed again and players were required to select five main balls from a choice of 59 and a Powerball from a pool of 39 numbers. The minimum jackpot was increased to $20 million.

Evolution of Powerball

There have been a number of notable changes to Powerball over the years. In 2001, Power Play was introduced as an optional extra that allowed participants to increase the value of any non-jackpot prize. The new feature cost an additional $1.

In October 2015, a number of changes were made to the game, with the number of balls in the main pool increasing from 59 to 69, while there was a decrease in the number of Powerballs – from 35 to 26. This saw the jackpot become more difficult to win, but the chances of winning any prize significantly increased.

2010 Expansion

The number of participating lotteries had continued to increase slowly over the years, up to a total of 32 at the start of 2010. An agreement was then reached between the MUSL and the Mega Millions consortium to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball, allowing state lotteries to offer both games. Ten further lotteries – Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Ohio and the U.S Virgin Islands – joined the Powerball family in 2010.

Further Changes

On January 4 th 2012, the minimum jackpot doubled to $40 million and further changes were made to the game. The number of main balls stayed at 59, but the pool of Powerball numbers was reduced to 35 to increase the odds of winning the jackpot. The Power Play feature was dropped, before returning on 22 nd January 2014.

The most recent changes to Powerball came on October 7 th 2015. The matrix required players to select five main numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball from 1 to 26. A 10x Power Play was also introduced, for draws when the jackpot is worth $150 million or less.

Biggest Jackpot

The changes to the game and its enduring popularity have helped to make some massive jackpots, and Powerball is responsible for offering the biggest lottery jackpot in the world. This came in January 2016, when three lucky ticket holders shared a record-breaking $1.58 billion. John and Lisa Munford of Tennessee, David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith from Florida, and Marvin and Mae Acosta of California walked away with $528.8 million apiece.

In March 2019, an as-yet-unidentified Wisconsin resident was the sole winner of the Powerball jackpot. They landed a colossal $768.4 million – the largest single-ticket jackpot prize in Powerball history, and the second-largest worldwide.

Mississippi Joins

Missisippi became the first new state to join Powerball in over five years, with tickets going on sale on January 30 th 2020. The Mississippi State Lottery launched in November 2019, with scratch-offs being the first games on offer, followed by draw games in early 2020. The addition of Mississippi to Powerball’s roster left only five states – Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah – without the game.

Find out more about the history of Powerball, including when the first draw took place, changes to the lottery and more.

History of powerball

Meet the latest winners from your favorite lottery games. Remember, it only takes one ticket to win!

Thomas Cook & Joseph Feeney / $22 Million

MADISON, Wis. (July 23, 2020) – Friends Thomas Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992, swearing if either one won the Powerball jackpot, they would split the winnings…no matter who bought the ticket. Tom, of Elk Mound, and Joe, of Menomonie, made good on that handshake when Tom realized a Powerball ticket he bought at Synergy Coop Exit 45 on 2100 County Rd. B in Menomonie for the June 10 drawing was the $22 Million jackpot winner.

Cristy Davis / $70 Million

LANSING, Mich., June 17, 2020 – A stop for Michigan Lottery tickets at her favorite party store led to a Waterford woman winning a $70 million Powerball jackpot.

Cristy Davis, 40, matched all of the winning numbers – 14-47-54-55-68 and the Powerball 25 – in the Feb. 12 drawing. She bought the winning ticket at the Huron Plaza Liquor, located at 694 West Huron Street in Pontiac.

Vacation Life LLC / $396.9 Million

TALLAHASSEE (March 10, 2020) – The Florida Lottery announces that Sheryll Goedert, 61, of Ocala, managing member of Vacation Life LLC, claimed the $396.9 million jackpot from the POWERBALL® drawing held on January 29, 2020. The Vacation Life LLC chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $276,558,034.09.

Bill Lawrence / $150,000,000

SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery player who purchased a lucky Powerball® ticket in Floriston (Nevada County) has claimed the $150 million jackpot (less federal taxes). Bill Lawrence is a retiree and happily just celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary. He and his bride had already scheduled their anniversary trip, but given their win, it’s no surprise they may extend the trip.

Phillip Chippewa / $80 Million

LANSING, Mich. , Oct. 23, 2019 A Suttons Bay man who is “rich with family” now has cash to match after winning an $80 million Powerball jackpot from the Michigan Lottery.

David Yax / $80 Million

David Yax of North Evans is the sole winner of the $80 million jackpot from the September 4 Powerball drawing. Yax matched all six numbers drawn, making him the winner of Erie County’s largest jackpot.

“You’ve got to be kidding me!” said Yax. “I checked my ticket early one morning and immediately woke up my wife with the good news.”

Freedom Trust / $198 Million

NASHVILLE (Aug. 1, 2019) — The $198 million Powerball jackpot won in Hendersonville on July 13, 2019, was claimed today at the Tennessee Lottery’s Nashville headquarters. The prize, sold at Worsham’s Market in Hendersonville, was claimed by the Freedom Trust.

Charles W. Jackson Jr. / $344.6 Million

RALEIGH – A 66-year-old grandfather from Cumberland County has come forward to claim his $344.6 million Powerball prize, making him the largest jackpot winner in state history.

Manuel Franco / $768.4 Million

MADISON, Wis. (April 23, 2019) – The winner of the largest jackpot in Wisconsin Lottery history came forward to claim the prize today at Wisconsin Lottery Headquarters in Madison. Manuel Franco, who won the Powerball jackpot on March 27, claimed the cash option of approximately $477 million and will receive just over $326 million after state and federal taxes.

David Johnson / $298.3 Million

NEW YORK (Jan. 25, 2019) – Fifty-six-year-old David Johnson of East New York has claimed the $298.3 million jackpot for the December 26, 2018 Powerball drawing. Johnson has the distinction of winning the second-largest jackpot in New York Lottery history.

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