Powerball has been creating big winners and breaking records for lottery jackpots since it started in 1992. Find out about the largest prizes in the game’s history and learn more about the lucky Powerball winners who have claimed them.
A single ticket holder from California won a record-breaking jackpot worth $2.04 billion. The record amount had built up over more than three months, with the historic draw actually delayed by several hours following unprecedented demand for tickets. It was revealed that the lucky ticket was sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena. The winner was Edwin Castro, who declined to speak to the media but had to have his identity revealed due to California’s public record laws. He took the cash option of $997.6 million.
The second-largest jackpot of all time was won in California after having rolled over 35 times. The winning ticket was purchased at a Midway Market and Liquor in Frazier Park in Kern County. At the moment, there is no further information about the lucky winner or winners but we will update this page once more details are available. The winner or winners will have to choose between the full amount of $1.76 billion in annuity payments or take the cash lump sum of $774.1 million. The claiming period for the Powerball jackpot is one year.
Following a run of 19 consecutive rollovers, the Powerball jackpot reached $1.58 billion. The third-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.
The fourth-largest Powerball prize was won by a ticket holder from California. The winning ticket was sold at Las Palmitas Mini Market in downtown Los Angeles. The player will now have to decide whether to take the annuitized prize of $1.08 billion or a lump sum payment of $558.1 million. More updates to follow.
For the first time in Powerball history, the jackpot was won on New Year’s Day in 2024, and it also happened to be one of the largest-ever payouts after a two-and-a-half-month stretch without a winner. The lucky winner was from Michigan and purchased their ticket at the Food Castle in Grand Blanc, just south of Flint.
Manuel Franco, from West Allis in Wisconsin, announced that he wanted to ‘help out the world’ after matching the full winning line on March 27th 2019. The winning ticket was one of ten he bought from a Speedway on Beloit Road in New Berlin, Milwaukee. He was aged 24 when he won and was tempted by the annuity, but eventually decided to take the cash option of $477 million.
Massachusetts resident Mavis Wanczyk became one of the biggest winners 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.
This jackpot, with a cash value of $407.2 million, was won in the state of Washington. The Evergreen State had previously only had one Powerball jackpot winner. Auburn’s Becky Bell claimed the cash but declined to speak to the media. The Washington Lottery revealed that she had bought an extra Quick Pick after seeing the jackpot estimated at $747 million, as she worked for aircraft company Boeing.
‘The Power Pack’ from Maryland claimed the Old Line State’s biggest-ever lottery prize, coming forward four months after the drawing. They had purchased their winning ticket from Coney Market in Lonaconing, and insisted their new-found wealth would not have a major impact on their lifestyles. They said the priority was to look after their families for generations to come.
This marked the first time that a Powerball jackpot had ever been won on a Monday, arriving just over a month after the third weekly draw was added to the schedule. There was one winning ticket, sold at an Albertsons grocery store in Morro Bay, California. The jackpot had previously gone 40 drawings since it was last won in early June.