Powerball is one of the biggest lottery games in the United States with prizes to match.
With Powerball soaring past the billion dollar mark, you might be wondering how the current prrize compares to others in the history of the game. The $1.765 billion Powerball is the second largest jackpot in Powerball history, and marks the second largest jackpot ever in the United States.
Top 10 Powerball Jackpots
Let's take a look at how the $1.765 billion Powerball for October 11th stacks-up. Keep scrolling to learn about each Powerball winner!
- $2.04 billion – Nov. 7, 2022
- $1.765 billion – Oct. 11, 2023
- $1.586 billion – Jan. 13, 2016
- $1.08 billion – July 19, 2023
- $768.4 million – March 27, 2019
- $758.7 million – Aug. 23, 2017
- $754.6 million – Feb. 6, 2023
- $731.1 million – Jan. 20, 2021
- $699.8 million – Oct. 4, 2021
- $687.8 million – Oct. 27, 2018
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Top 10 U.S. Jackpots
Now let's rank the $1.765 billion Powerball among the top Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots in U.S. history.
- $2.04 billion Powerball – Nov. 7, 2022
- $1.765 billion Powerball – Oct. 11, 2023
- $1.602 billion Mega Millions - Aug. 8, 2023
- $1.586 billion Powerball – Jan. 13, 2016
- $1.537 billion Mega Millions – Oct. 23, 2018
- $1.350 billion Mega Millions – Jan. 13, 2023
- $1.337 billion Mega Millions – July 29, 2023
- $1.08 billion Powerball – July 19, 2023
- $1.050 billion Mega Millions – Jan. 22, 2021
- $768.4 million Powerball – March 27, 2019
Biggest Powerball Winners
Meet some of the lucky people who won big on a record Powerball.
1. $2.04 Billion (California) in 2022
Who won the biggest jackpot in the world? A lucky someone in California, that's who! This person won a $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot on November 7, 2022 (Billion!). That's a world record. The winner's name has not been disclosed yet.
2. $1.765 Billion (California) in 2023
After 35 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner, a single ticket sold in the tiny mountain town of Fraiser Park, California matched all six numbers for the October 11th drawing. With the Powerball jackpot worth $1.765 billion, the cash value of this historic prize is a whopping $774.1 million!
3. $1.586 Billion (Tennessee, Florida, California) in 2016
On January 13, 2016, the owners of three winning tickets in Tennessee, California, and Florida shared the $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot.
Each winner, who received over $520 million, had their own incredible winning story. The winner from Mumford, a small town outside of Memphis, said he had no plans to move out of his one-story home despite becoming a multi-millionaire. The winning California couple claimed their ticket 6 months after the initial drawing, creating countless conspiracy theories, including that the unknown winner may have passed away after celebrating too hard. The third and final winning ticket was claimed by a couple from Florida, who told their winning story on morning shows such as The Ellen Degeneres Show and the Today show. "We just wanted a little big piece of the pie,” they said. “ Now we're real grateful we got the big piece of the pie.”
We just wanted a little big piece of the pie.
4. $1.4 Billion (est.) October, 7 2023
Best of luck in Saturday's drawing! Here's hoping you'll be reading your own winning story here.
5. $1.08 Billion (California) in 2023
A mysterious someone in California, won a $1.08 BILLION dollar Powerball jackpot on July 19, 2023. The lucky one hasn't come forward to claim their prize yet. But when you've got that much money, why rush?
6. $768.4 Million (Wisconsin) in 2019
One and done! This Quick Pick winner in Wisconsin said he didn’t think he would play again after hitting the jackpot, but did say, “I just can’t believe an ordinary guy like me would ever be in this position...The two-dollar ticket you buy is worth the chance to change your life forever. It certainly has changed my life and I look forward to the future.” The winner opted for a one-time lump sum payment of $477 million, which came to $326 million after taxes.
7. $758.7 Million (Massachusetts) in 2017
On August 23, 2017, a woman from Chicopee, MA won the largest lottery jackpot in the history of the United States, at the time. She discovered she had won while leaving work and quickly told her boss she would not be coming back. Ever. When asked how she was going to celebrate, she simply said, "I'm going to just hide in my bed." To each her own.
8. $754.6 Million (Washington) in 2023
Becky Bell of Auburn, Washington bought her ticket to riches at her local grocery store. The former Boeing employee said the estimated Powerball jackpot was $747 million – just days after Boeing delivered its final 747 jumbo jet. The number inspired her to play a ticket that ended up being the sole winner.
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9. $731.1 Million (Maryland) in 2021
A group of anonymous winners, who dubbed themselves "The Power Pack" won the largest prize in Maryland Lottery history on January 20, 2021. The player who purchased the winning Quick Pick ticket on behalf of the group said they checked their numbers about a dozen times in disbelief. These lottery lovers have no plans to change their lifestyles after choosing the $546.8 million lump sum cash option (approximately $366.6 million after federal and state taxes). They plan to invest the money to help their families and communities.
10. $699.9 Million (California) in 2021
Scott Godfrey of Morro Bay, California didn't realize his Quick Pick had won $699 million until he watched the news on TV. "I saw, actually, a news report on TV where they had a dark image of the store in the morning and I realized I had been there last night and thought about the ticket," he told KSBY News. He chose to go with the lump sum cash option which will enable him to set up a foundation for charitable giving.
Honorable Powerball Mentions:
$687.6 Million (New York and Iowa) in 2018
Two Powerball players in New York and Iowa took home this huge jackpot on October 27, 2018, each winning slightly under $344 million. The winning ticket sold in Redfield, Iowa became the state’s largest lotto prize won to date. The Iowa winner said she planned to buy a new car, go on a long vacation (“or several”), and also establish her own foundation in order to donate to organizations important to her family. The second winner from New York said a rainy day led him into a deli, instead of his usual lottery retailer of choice. When asked about how he chose his winning numbers, the man said, “A family member gave me the numbers over twenty-five years ago and I faithfully play them.” It paid off.
$632.6 Million (California and Wisconsin) in 2022
Tammy and Cliff Webster, the Wisconsin couple whose winning ticket shared the jackpot with a California winner, found out they were millionaires when they watched the morning news. "We always believed that we had a chance to win if we played and this is a dream come true.”
$590.5 Million (Florida) in 2013
On May 18, 2013, an 84-year-old woman took home this large jackpot after buying the winning ticket at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, FL. The woman said, “Another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning Quick Pick ticket.” Better think twice before being nice? Kidding, kidding.
I'm going to just hide in my bed.
$587.5 Million (Arizona and Missouri) in 2012
Two winning tickets split this life-changing jackpot on November 28, 2012. The first winner to claim their ticket was a Missouri mother of four. She opted for the one-time payment of $136.5 million (after taxes) and planned to help her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews pay for college. The second winner, a manager at an Arizona electronics company, said he was extremely grateful and fortunate to win and planned to support charities and causes with his newfound fortune.
Make your state a winner!
Get inspired by checking out all the states that have won Powerball jackpots in the history of the game. We bet your home state is due for a win!