$1.7 billion in combined jackpots, as USA multi-state lottery games peak together

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Mega Millions holds its lead at $977 million, but Powerball catching up with $750 million


By Todd Northrop


Lottery players across the United States are buying multi-state lottery tickets at a furious pace, driving up the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots simultaneously to a massive $1.7 billion in total.


According to leading multi-state lottery website USA Mega, the Mega Millions jackpot sits at an estimated $977 million with a cash value of $461 million with a drawing Friday night, while Saturday’s Powerball drawing offers a $750 million estimated jackpot with a cash option of $357.3 million.


When lottery jackpots get this large, the lotteries often revise the jackpot amounts in real time, so these numbers may go up prior to the drawings. Lottery Post and USA Mega will update the jackpot amounts and analysis if they do change, so readers should check back periodically for the latest numbers.


Mega Millions is currently ranked as the 10th-largest US lottery jackpot of all time, while Powerball is the 15th-largest. (See the complete top 25 annuity and cash jackpots below.)


Lottery players dreaming of what the cash would look like in their bank account can get quite an accurate picture by visiting USA Mega’s Powerball Jackpot Analysis and Mega Millions Jackpot Analysis pages. They present the after-tax cash and annuity prize amounts reported state-by-state, showing both the initial withholdings by the lottery as well as the final taxes due — and even lets you specify your IRS filing status.


Players should note that jackpot amounts are conservative estimates provided by the lotteries and are often somewhat higher by the time the drawing occurs.


The rising Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are growing similarly to how the two multi-state jackpots simultaneously climbed during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, again in 2021, and then again last July. The current duo of massive jackpots is the first time players have seen prizes of this magnitude since a $1.76 billion Powerball jackpot was won in Oct. 2023 by a lone ticket sold in California. That jackpot was claimed this month by a mostly-anonymous group led by Theodorus Struyck, described by neighbors as a kind family man.


The winning numbers for the Powerball drawing on Wed., Mar. 20, 2024 were 13, 22, 27, 54, and 66, with Powerball number 9. The Power Play multiplier was 2. None of the tickets sold won either the jackpot or the second prize worth $1 million.


The Mega Millions drawing on Tue., Mar. 19, 2024 produced the winning numbers 24, 46, 49, 62, and 66, with Mega Ball number 7. The Megaplier multiplier was 2. Four lucky tickets sold in California, Florida, Texas, and Virginia matched all five numbers for a $1 million prize, missing the entire jackpot by just the Mega Ball number. (The California winner will claim a prize of $1,748,612 due to the state’s pari-mutuel payout structure.)


Friday’s Mega Millions drawing will take place at 11:00 pm Eastern Time (8:00 pm Pacific), while the next Powerball drawing is set for Sat., Mar. 23 at 10:59 pm Eastern Time (7:59 pm Pacific).


USA Mega publishes all the important information about both multi-state games in one place: the winning numbers, official drawing videos, locations of big winners, number of winners in each prize category, upcoming jackpots with after-tax payouts, statistics, and analysis.


Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 per play and can be purchased at lottery retailers in 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Mega Millions is not offered in Puerto Rico.)


Players looking for a nearby lottery retailer — or that out-of-the-way retailer with a smaller line — are encouraged to use Lottery Places, an app for iOS, Android, and Windows that can locate the nearest lottery retailers in every jurisdiction that sells Powerball and Mega Millions. The helpful app can locate lottery retailers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, much of Canada, and the Caribbean.


Mega Millions players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play. In several (but not all) states, Mega Millions also offers an optional $3 wager called Just the Jackpot that allows players to receive two entries for a chance to win the game’s jackpot prize only.


Powerball players can multiply prizes with the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play. In fourteen Powerball jurisdictions, players can also participate in a second drawing called Powerball Double Play for an extra $1 per play, in which the numbers on their ticket are entered into a second drawing with the possibility of winning up to $10 million in cash. More information about Double Play can be found at USA Mega’s How to Play Powerball page.


Top 25 United States lottery jackpots of all time


The following list shows the top 25 United States lottery jackpots of all time. The current Mega Millions annuity ranks as the 10th-largest United States lottery jackpot in history, while the current Powerball annuity ranks as the 15th-largest ever.


  1. Powerball: $2.0401 billion, Nov. 7, 2022 (40 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – California

  2. Powerball: $1.7649 billion, Oct. 11, 2023 (35 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – California

  3. Mega Millions: $1.602 billion, Aug. 8, 2023 (31 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Florida

  4. Powerball: $1.5864 billion, Jan. 13, 2016 (19 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – California, Florida, Tennessee

  5. Mega Millions: $1.537 billion, Oct. 23, 2018 (25 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – South Carolina

  6. Mega Millions: $1.348 billion, Jan. 13, 2023 (25 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Maine

  7. Mega Millions: $1.337 billion, Jul. 29, 2022 (29 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Illinois

  8. Powerball: $1.0798 billion, Jul. 19, 2023 (38 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – California

  9. Mega Millions: $1.05 billion, Jan. 22, 2021 (36 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Michigan

  10. Mega Millions: $977 million, Mar. 22, 2024 (29 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Preliminary estimate, not won yet

  11. Powerball: $842.4 million, Jan. 1, 2024 (34 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Michigan

  12. Powerball: $768.4 million, Mar. 27, 2019 (25 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – Wisconsin

  13. Powerball: $758.7 million, Aug. 23, 2017 (20 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – Massachusetts

  14. Powerball: $754.6 million, Feb. 6, 2023 (33 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Washington

  15. Powerball: $750 million, Mar. 23, 2024 (33 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Preliminary estimate, not won yet

  16. Powerball: $731.1 million, Jan. 20, 2021 (35 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Maryland

  17. Powerball: $699.8 million, Oct. 4, 2021 (40 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – California

  18. Powerball: $687.8 million, Oct. 27, 2018 (21 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – Iowa, New York

  19. Mega Millions: $656 million, Mar. 30, 2012 (18 rollovers, starting at $12 million) – Illinois, Kansas, Maryland

  20. Mega Millions: $648 million, Dec. 17, 2013 (21 rollovers, starting at $12 million) – California, Georgia

  21. Powerball: $632.6 million, Jan 5, 2022 (39 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – California, Wisconsin

  22. Powerball: $590.5 million, May 18, 2013 (13 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – Florida

  23. Powerball: $587.5 million, Nov. 28, 2012 (15 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – Arizona, Missouri

  24. Powerball: $564.1 million, Feb. 11, 2015 (20 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas

  25. Powerball: $559.7 million, Jan. 6, 2018 (20 rollovers, starting at $40 million) – New Hampshire


For those keeping score, the number of jackpots in the top 25, by lottery game, are:


  • Powerball: 17

  • Mega Millions: 8


Top 25 cash value jackpots


Since many lottery winners collect their winnings in cash, the lump-sum payout is an important measure of what a winning ticket could be worth.


The upcoming Mega Millions jackpot ranks as the 15th-largest United States lottery jackpot cash value of all time, while the Powerball jackpot ranks as the 24th-largest cash value of all time.


  1. Powerball: $997.6 million cash, Nov. 7, 2022 ($2.0401 billion annuity) – California

  2. Powerball: $983.5 million cash, Jan. 13, 2016 ($1.5864 billion annuity) – California, Florida, Tennessee

  3. Mega Millions: $877.8 million cash, Oct. 23, 2018 ($1.537 billion annuity) – South Carolina

  4. Mega Millions: $794.2 million cash, Aug. 8, 2023 ($1.602 billion annuity) – Florida

  5. Mega Millions: $780.5 million cash, Jul. 29, 2022 ($1.337 billion annuity) – Illinois

  6. Mega Millions: $776.6 million cash, Jan. 22, 2021 ($1.05 billion annuity) – Michigan

  7. Powerball: $774.1 million cash, Oct. 11, 2023 ($1.7649 billion annuity) – California

  8. Mega Millions: $723.5 million cash, Jan. 13, 2023 ($1.348 billion annuity) – Maine

  9. Powerball: $558.1 million cash, Jul. 19, 2023 ($1.0798 billion annuity) – California

  10. Powerball: $546.8 million cash, Jan. 20, 2021 ($731.1 million annuity) – Maryland

  11. Powerball: $496 million cash, Oct. 4, 2021 ($699.8 million annuity) – California

  12. Powerball: $480.5 million cash, Aug. 23, 2017 ($758.7 million annuity) – Massachusetts

  13. Powerball: $477 million cash, Mar. 27, 2019 ($768.4 million annuity) – Wisconsin

  14. Mega Millions: $471 million cash, Mar. 30, 2012 ($656 million annuity) – Illinois, Kansas, Maryland

  15. Mega Millions: $461 million cash, Mar. 22, 2024 ($977 million annuity) – Preliminary estimate, not won yet

  16. Powerball: $450.2 million cash, Jan. 5, 2022 ($632.6 million annuity) – California, Wisconsin

  17. Powerball: $425.2 million cash, Jan. 1, 2024 ($842.4 million annuity) – Michigan

  18. Powerball: $407.2 million cash, Feb. 6, 2023 ($754.6 million annuity) – Washington

  19. Powerball: $396.2 million cash, Oct. 27, 2018 ($687.8 million annuity) – Iowa, New York

  20. Powerball: $384.7 million cash, Nov. 28, 2012 ($587.5 million annuity) – Arizona, Missouri

  21. Powerball: $381.1 million cash, Feb. 11, 2015 ($564.1 million annuity) – North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas

  22. Mega Millions: $378 million cash, Jul. 8, 2016 ($536 million annuity) – Indiana

  23. Powerball: $370.9 million cash, May 18, 2013 ($590.5 million annuity) – Florida

  24. Powerball: $357.3 million cash, Mar. 23, 2024 ($750 million annuity) – Preliminary estimate, not won yet

  25. Powerball: $352 million cash, Jan. 6, 2018 ($559.7 million annuity) – New Hampshire


The number of cash value jackpots in the top 25, by lottery game, are:


  • Powerball: 17

  • Mega Millions: 8

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