Since 1992, Powerball winners’ dreams have come true after matching those lucky numbers to secure life-changing, multimillion-dollar jackpots. Below you will find the biggest prize winners in the game’s history:
$1.58 billion – January 13th 2016
Following a run of 19 consecutive rollovers, the Powerball jackpot reached a record-breaking $1.58 billion. The largest prize in U.S. lottery history was finally landed by John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee, David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach in Florida and Marvin and Mae Acosta from Chino Hills, California. All three players opted to take the cash lump sum of $327.8 million each.
$758.7 million – August 23rd 2017
Massachusetts resident Mavis Wanczyk won the biggest single ticket prize in lottery history when she matched the numbers required to collect $758.7 million. The 53-year-old, who instantly quit her job after finding out about her win, bought her entry from a gas station in the town of Chicopee and opted to take the cash option of $480.5 million.
$590.5 million – May 18th 2013
Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills in Florida found fame after scooping an incredible $590.5 million. The octogenarian, who neighbors described as a “sweet little old lady”, decided to take a one off pre-tax lump sum worth $370.8 million.
$587.5 million – November 28th 2012
Two ticket holders shared a colossal $587.5 million jackpot following a run of 15 successive rollovers. Matthew Good of Arizona and Missouri couple Mark and Cindy Hill split the hefty sum, each choosing to take the $192.3 million cash option.
$564.1 million - February 11th 2015
A prize pot of more than half a billion dollars was shared between three lucky players as Marie Holmes, a single mother from Shallotte, North Carolina, an anonymous trust in Texas and a nameless player from Puerto Rico each walked away with $188 million.
$488.4 million – August 7th 2013
There were a trio of jackpot winners as a $488.4 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Minnesota and two players from New Jersey. Paul White of Ham Lake, Mario Scarnici from Monmouth Junction and ‘Oceans 16’, a syndicate from Ocean County, each took the cash option to bank a pre-tax total of $86 million.
$487 million – July 30th 2016
An anonymous ticket holder from New Hampshire claimed a $487 million reward after purchasing their entry from Hannaford supermarket in Raymond. Speaking to lottery officials in The Granite State, the winner said they would do “great things” with the money.
$447.8 million – June 10th 2017
Jeff Lindsay of Menifee, California landed one of the largest jackpots in Powerball history as he and his family scooped a $447.8 million jackpot. The Golden State resident, who purchased his ticket from Marietta Liquor and Deli store in Sun City, opted to take the lump sum offer of $279.1 million before telling lottery officials that he was “obviously thrilled”.
$435.3 million – February 22nd 2017
A Powerball player from Indiana became the first jackpot winner of 2017 when they claimed a top prize worth $435.3 million. This was the largest amount ever won by a ticket holder from The Hoosier State.
$429.6 million - May 7th, 2016
The Smith family, comprising mother Pearlie Mae Smith and her seven adult children, won a jackpot worth $429.6 million after purchasing their ticket at a 7-Eleven in Trenton, New Jersey. The clan of eight, who opted to take the $284 million cash option, landed the nine-figure sum after the winning numbers appeared in one of Pearlie’s dreams.↑ To top