$865 MILLION: Powerball jackpot reaching historic levels

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11th-largest lottery jackpot in history


By Todd Northrop


This week Powerball joins Mega Millions in the race to the top of historical lottery jackpots, featuring a massive top prize that is approaching a billion dollars.


The new high-water mark of $865 million for the current Powerball annuity jackpot estimate was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Monday night’s $813 million grand prize.


It is the 11th-highest lottery jackpot in history, and the 5th-largest Powerball jackpot ever.


The lump-sum cash payout value of Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is $416.1 million — the 18th-largest ever recorded in United States lottery history. (See top 25 annuity and cash values below.)


Players looking to calculate what they would receive after the initial federal and state tax withholdings can find it all pre-calculated for each Powerball jurisdiction on the Jackpot Analysis page at USA Mega, a web site devoted to the Powerball and Mega Millions multi-state lottery games.


In addition to Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, lottery players across the United States are also vying for a $1.1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, to be drawn tonight. The convergence of the two mammoth multi-state lottery games is causing a lottery ticket sales bonanza across the country.


The largest Powerball jackpot ever awarded was on Nov. 7, 2022, when one ticket sold in California won a $2 billion grand prize. The incredibly lucky winner was Edwin Castro, who claimed the prize in February of 2023, providing minimal public information about himself. What little is known about Castro comes from public filings, and includes the purchases of house one, two, and three, as well as being the subject of dubious lawsuits that are unfortunately predictable these days.


Players should note that jackpot amounts are conservative estimates provided by the lotteries, and are often somewhat higher by the time the drawing occurs. For example, the original estimate for Monday’s drawing was $800 million, but by the time all the proceeds were counted just before draw-time, the jackpot had swelled to $813 million.


Wednesday’s mammoth prize is the result of 35 consecutive draws without a winner. The run-up started as a $20 million prize on January 3.


Some states offer direct online sales, allowing players to bypass the store and purchase tickets from home. Players can see if they can play Powerball online by tapping the link. Depending on the physical location of the person, the link will either provide access via a licensed butler service or the official state lottery itself.


Butler services provide scanned copies of the purchased lottery tickets securely held on behalf of the customer. In the past, such lottery ticket services were used by people out side the USA to win big jackpots in Oregon and Florida.


The winning numbers for Monday, Mar. 25, 2024 were 7, 11, 19, 53, and 68, with Powerball number 23. The Power Play number was 2.


The Monday Double Play drawing results were 2, 14, 20, 28, and 64, with Powerball number 4. Double Play is a game option currently available in 22 states that lets you play your numbers in a second drawing for an extra $1 per play, with a chance to win up to $10 million in cash. See How to Play Powerball at USA Mega for more information about Double Play and a list of states that offer the add-on game.


Even though nobody won the jackpot Monday, 2 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Florida and 1 from New York. Neither of the second-prize winners purchased the Power Play option. If they had, their prize would have been increased to $2 million.


When a Powerball ticket is purchased with the Power Play option for an extra $1 per ticket, a second-prize win is doubled and any other non-jackpot prize is multplied by the Power Play number drawn that evening. A complete list of prizes available for matching various numbers can be found on the Powerball Drawing Detail page at USA Mega, as well as on the Powerball Prize Payouts and the Powerball Double Play Prize Payouts pages at Lottery Post.


Power Play is not available in California, because the fixed nature of the prize increase offered in Power Play is not compatible with California’s pari-mutuel payouts. By law, California awards all prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning the prizes will change each drawing based on the number of tickets sold and the number of tickets that won at each prize level.


Also in the Monday drawing, 48 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Powerball and won $50,000. Of those tickets, 7 were purchased with the Power Play option, increasing the prize to $100,000, and 6 of the tickets was sold in California, where the prize was worth $19,101 this drawing.


Following the Monday drawing, the Powerball annuity jackpot estimate was raised $52 million from its previous amount of $813 million and the cash value was raised by $25 million from its previous amount of $391.1 million.


The next Powerball drawing will take place Wednesday night at 10:59 pm Eastern Time.


Powerball is played in 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Tickets cost $2 each.


Powerball lottery results are published within minutes of the drawing at USA Mega (www.usamega.com). The USA Mega Web site provides lottery players in-depth information about the United States’s two biggest multi-state lottery games, Mega Millions and Powerball.


Top 25 United States lottery jackpots of all time


Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot currently stands as the 11th-largest lottery jackpot of all time in the United States. That position is unlikely to change before draw-time, since the next-highest jackpot is more than $1 billion.


  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. Mega Millions: $1.1 billion, Mar. 26, 2024 (30 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Preliminary estimate, not won yet

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

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

  11. Powerball: $865 million, Mar. 27, 2024 (35 rollovers, starting at $20 million) – Preliminary estimate, not won yet

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

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

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

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

  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


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 Powerball jackpot ranks as the 18th-largest cash value in U.S. history.


  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. Mega Millions: $525.8 million cash, Mar. 26, 2024 ($1.1 billion annuity) – Preliminary estimate, not won yet

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

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

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

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

  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: $416.1 million cash, Mar. 27, 2024 ($865 million annuity) – Preliminary estimate, not won yet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The number of jackpot cash values in the top 25, by lottery game, are:


  • Powerball: 17

  • Mega Millions: 8

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