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About Powerball

Every dollar spent on Powerball directly benefits the jurisdiction in which it was purchased. 

  • 50% of a ticket sale goes back to the players in prizes
  • 35% of a ticket sale benefits the good causes supported by lotteries
  • 9% of a ticket sale goes to operating expenses
  • 6% of a ticket sale goes to the retailer commissions

Transfer percentages vary by jurisdiction, please check with your local lottery for more information.

Where your $2 goes
  • 50% of a ticket sale goes to fund prizes
  • 35% of a ticket sale benefits the good causes supported by lotteries
  • 6% of a ticket sale goes to retailer commissions
  • 9% of a ticket sale goes to operating expenses

Transfer percentages vary by jurisdiction, check with your local lottery for more information.

History of Powerball

Powerball celebrated its 25th Anniversary in April 2017. 

The first Powerball drawing on April 22, 1992 had 15 participating lotteries: Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Hoosier (Indiana), Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington DC, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Today, there are 47 lotteries selling the Powerball game.

In October 2015, the latest version of the Powerball game debuted with enhancements aimed at delivering bigger jackpots and more overall winners. The game matrix was changed; the number of white balls increased to 69, while the number of red balls dropped to 26. The Power Play® feature was enhanced with a 10X multiplier that is available for play whenever the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less. The Match 4 + PB prize was also increased from $10 thousand to $50 thousand.  

The world record $1.586 billion jackpot was won on Jan. 13, 2016. That massive Grand Prize was split by three winning tickets in California, Florida and Tennessee. 

 April 19, 1992 Sales begin for Powerball July 20, 1996 First of five Powerball drawings broadcast from the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Nov. 5, 1997 Game matrix. Jackpots start at $10 million. Oct. 1, 2000 Powerball: The Game Show episodes begin. March 7, 2001 Power Play wheel added to Powerball drawings. Oct. 1, 2002 Powerball Instant Millionaire Game Show episodes begin. Aug. 31, 2005 Game matrix. Jackpots start at $15 million. Feb. 18, 2006 $365 million Powerball jackpot won in Nebraska by ConAgra food workers. Jan. 7, 2009 Game matrix. Jackpots start at $20 million. Power Play multiplier selected using an RNG. Feb. 3, 2010 First Powerball drawing for new Mega Millions cross sell lotteries. Feb. 3, 2010 First Powerball drawing for new Mega Millions cross sell lotteries. Jan. 22, 2014 Power Play feature returns to Powerball drawings. Oct. 7, 2015 Game matrix. 10X multiplier added to Power Play feature Jan. 13, 2016 $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot sets world record for largest jackpot. Aug. 23, 2017 $758.7 million Powerball jackpot won in Massachusetts.

Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL)

Overview
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is a non-profit, government-benefit, voluntary association that is owned and operated by its member lotteries. Each MUSL member offers one or more multi-jurisdictional lottery game administered with the assistance of MUSL. All profits are retained by the individual lotteries and are used to fund projects or purposes approved by their authorizing legislatures. 

MUSL Members
Select a jurisdiction below to view MUSL member information.

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