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Background Information

The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its member lotteries. Each MUSL member offers one or more of the games administered by MUSL. All profits are retained by the individual lotteries and are used to fund projects approved by the legislature authorizing each lottery.
Formed in 1987, MUSL's first multi-state game was "Lotto America". The game ran four years before being replaced. On April 22, 1992 the first "Powerball" drawing was held. Since then, "Powerball" has become the number one lottery game in the United States.

Beginning in October, 2015, Powerball® became an even larger combined large jackpot game and cash game. Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time, we draw five white balls out of a drum with 69 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 26 red balls. This change means bigger jackpots. It also means that your odds of winning some prize are improved. The jackpot - won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball - is either an annuitized prize paid out over 29 years (30 payments counting the first immediate payment) or a cash lump sum payment. If you choose the cash, then you get the cash, pay the tax, and can invest what is left over. If you choose the annuity, then we can invest the cash amount pre-tax, less an immediate first payment (more to invest means more earnings). With the annuity, you get an annual payment that is increased by 5% each year to keep up with the cost of living. The second prize - won by matching five white balls in any order - is $1,000,000 paid in cash (no annuity option). You win by matching at least three white ball numbmers. Any time you match the red Powerball, you win a prize. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately 1 in 25. Players win a prize by matching one of the 9 Ways to Win. Each ticket costs $2. Draw sales cut off at least 59 minutes before the draw, but a state may cut off sales earlier. Check with your state lottery for your cut-off time.
Power Play® is a special add-on feature that allows a winner to increase the original prize amounts (except the jackpopt). The Power Play option costs $1 and must be selected when you buy your Powerball ticket. Powerball players with the Power Play option winning any prize other than the jackpot will win a larger cash prize. The Match 5+0 prize with Power Play option grows to $2,000,000 paid in a cash lump sum (no annuity option is offered). All other lower prizes (below Match 5) will be multiplied by a number that we draw (2X, 3X, 4X, or 5X). In October 2015, a 10X multiplier was added to the mix with a chance to be drawn for all jackopts at $150 million or less. As with any lottery prize, if an extremely popular number is drawn and there is not enough money in the prize pools or reserves to cover it, we may need to reduce the prize.
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Top 10 Powerball Jackpots

Rank State Prize Amount Draw Date Game
1 CA ,FL,TN $1,586,4 million Jan. 13, 2016 Powerball
2 FL $590.5 million May 18, 2013 Powerball
3 AZ, MO $587.5 million Nov. 28, 2012 Powerball
4 TX, NC, PR $564.1 million Feb. 11, 2015 Powerball
5 MN, NJ, NJ $448.4 million Aug. 7, 2013 Powerball
6 CA $425.3 million Feb. 19,2014 Powerball
7 SC $399.4 million Sept. 18, 2013 Powerball
8 NE $365.0 million Feb. 18, 2006 Powerball
9 CA, OR $340.0 million Oct. 19, 2005 Powerball
10 NJ $338.3 million March 23, 2013 Powerball


Top 10 U.S. Lottery Jackpots

Rank State Prize Amount Draw Date Game
1 CA ,FL,TN $1,586,4 million Jan. 13, 2016 Powerball
2 KS, IL, MD $656.0 million March 30, 2012 Mega Millions
3 CA, GA $648.0 million Dec. 17, 2013 Mega Millions
4 FL $590.5 million May 18, 2013 Powerball
5 AZ, MO $587.5 million Nov. 28, 2012 Powerball
6 TX, NC, PR $564.1 million Feb. 11, 2015 Powerball
7 MN, NJ, NJ $448.4 million Aug. 7, 2013 Powerball
8 CA $425.3 million Feb. 19, 2014 Powerball
9 FL, MD $414.0 million March 18, 2014 Mega Millions
10 SC $399.4 million Sept. 18, 2013 Powerball

Powerball chart 2016



Participating Powerball Jurisdictions Population in Millions FY2011 P/Ball Sales ($m) FY2012 P/Ball Sales ($m) % Change Annual Per Capita P/Ball Spend
Arizona 6.48 $94.61 $104.21 10.15% $16.08
Arkansas 2.93 $35.26 $37.90 7.49% $12.94
California 37.69 $0.00 $0.00 0.00% $0.00
Colorado 5.11 $73.10 $81.90 12.04% $16.03
Connecticut 3.58 $65.27 $74.28 13.80% $20.75
Delaware 0.91 $21.95 $24.65 12.31% $27.09
D.C. 0.61 $10.80 $17.14 58.70% $28.10
Florida 19.05 $438.45 $503.70 14.88% $26.44
Georgia 9.81 $86.91 $111.00 27.72% $11.31
Idaho 1.58 $31.99 $34.75 8.63% $21.99
Illinois 12.86 $115.01 $146.70 27.55% $11.41
Indiana 6.51 $90.52 $101.12 11.71% $15.53
Iowa 3.06 $51.57 $57.93 12.33% $18.93
Kansas 2.87 $34.05 $37.60 10.43% $13.10
Kentucky 4.36 $75.47 $83.07 10.07% $19.05
Louisiana 4.57 $105.56 $106.85 1.22% $23.38
Maine 1.32 $20.04 $22.08 10.18% $16.73
Maryland 5.82 $66.43 $82.86 24.73% $14.24
Massachusetts 6.58 $72.17 $82.91 14.88% $12.60
Michigan 9.87 $93.43 $119.54 27.95% $12.11
Minnesota 5.34 $64.29 $73.66 14.57% $13.79
Missouri 6.01 $85.17 $94.70 11.19% $15.76
Montana 0.99 $14.42 $15.90 10.26% $16.06
Nebraska 1.84 $31.99 $36.41 13.82% $19.79
New Hampshire 1.31 $27.60 $32.62 18.20% $24.90
New Jersey 8.82 $156.08 $183.80 17.76% $20.84
New Mexico 2.08 $31.04 $33.77 8.80% $16.24
New York 19.46 $253.99 $296.58 16.77% $15.24
North Carolina 9.65 $142.82 $153.92 7.77% $15.95
North Dakota 0.72 $10.49 $11.74 11.92% $16.31
Ohio 11.54 $84.90 $105.34 24.08% $9.13
Oklahoma 3.79 $55.32 $58.24 5.27% $15.37
Oregon 3.87 $35.80 $38.70 8.10% $10.00
Pennsylvania 12.74 $238.50 $277.69 16.43% $21.80
Rhode Island 1.05 $29.62 $32.90 11.07% $31.33
South Carolina 4.67 $89.60 $96.15 7.31% $20.59
South Dakota 0.82 $14.00 $12.86 -8.14% $15.68
Tennessee 6.4 $92.29 $102.80 11.39% $16.06
Texas 25.67 $141.11 $198.67 40.79% $7.74
Vermont 0.62 $8.59 $9.65 12.34% $15.56
Virginia 8.09 $74.58 $89.05 19.40% $11.01
Washington 6.83 $38.69 $42.90 10.88% $6.28
West Virginia 1.85 $36.55 $38.69 5.85% $20.91
Wisconsin 5.71 $67.47 $78.21 15.92% $13.70
TOTAL 295.44 $3,407.50 $3,945.14 15.78% $13.35

SOURCE: NASPL

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News Archive for CY2015
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News Archive for CY2013
August 8, 2013 Players Desensitized to Smaller Jackpots
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