US Powerball and Mega Millions award the biggest lottery jackpots in the world. The US Powerball‘s minimum Jackpot is $40 million with a potential of nine-figure prizes. The jackpot will roll over until all the numbers are matched. The biggest US Powerball jackpot to date was $590,500,000 and won in May 2013, it was one ticket in the state of Florida! Powerball now has the record for the largest jackpot (current being $243,000,000) ever won by a single ticket, and the second largest jackpot in the world (the largest was Mega Millions’ $656 million jackpot in March 2012 which was split by 3 winners).
The odds of winning any Powerball prize are now just 1 in 24.87, while the chances of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.
Radical changes to Powerball were introduced in the fall of 2015 and it increased the chances of seeing even more huge Powerball jackpots.
The 2015 changes extended the main ball pool to 69 balls, adding another ten numbers. However, at the same time, the Powerball pool decreased from 35 to 26. This means that although the overall odds of winning the jackpot have increased to 1 in 292 million, the overall odds of winning any prize have decreased to 1 in 24.87. The first draw incorporating the changes took place on October 7th 2015 and also saw an increase in the tier three prize (matching 4+1) climb to $50,000.
The starting jackpot increase in 2012 along with the $1,000,000 prize for matching five numbers, meant there were more Powerball millionaires created. But it wasn’t just the big winners that were affected by these changes; the minimum prize win also increased to $4.
In order to win the Jackpot-one must match all 5 regular numbers drawn along with an additional number also known as the ‘Powerball’. There are nine ways to win in the Us Powerball.
Winners of US PowerBall Lottery Jackpot
In 2015 there were many winners but some winners were just incredible with their winning stories. One of them to remember is winning of Marie Holmes. Marie Holmes comes from a small town in North Carolina and she came forward to claim her $188 million Powerball prize, making her the largest jackpot winner in state history.
Marie, a single mother earlier had to support her four children by working in low paid job such as at Wal-Mart, Food Lion, KFC, McDonald’s and Subway. The 26-year-old’s life changed forever when her Powerball ticket matched all six numbers in the Feb 11th 2015 draw, winning her a third of the $564 million jackpot!
Like many others, she chose using the ‘Quick Pick’ option and left it to fate. To her disbelief the morning after the draw Holmes realized the numbers on her ticket matched all of the winning numbers in the drawing, beating odds of 1 in 175 million!
Holmes sought financial and legal advice before claiming her prize money. After consulting with her attorney, Charles Francis, Holmes began her prize claim process for the $127 million lump sum payment. The after-tax winnings of $87.9 million, Holmes said, will allow her to cement several important goals such as finishing her college degree, buy her mother a house, secure the future for her three daughters – and her seven year-old son who has cerebral palsy.
In 2016 Lisa and John Robinson won the Tennessee Powerball Jackpot. These winners of one-third of the historic, world record-breaking Powerball jackpot of $1.58 BILLION arrived at Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville to claim their share of the prize, an incredible $528.8 million.
The jackpot ticket was one of three Powerball tickets to match all six numbers drawn on January 13, 2016, to win the $1.58 billion jackpot. This is the second Powerball jackpot winner in Tennessee in a row and the fifth Powerball jackpot winner in the state.
The Florida Powerball winner from the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot drawing held on January 13, claimed one-third share of the jackpot at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. The $528.7 million prize was claimed by The Nickel 95 Trust. The trustee is Maureen Smith, 70, of Melbourne Beach. The Trust chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $327,835,077.79.
The winner stated she had been playing the same Lottery numbers for years and though she did not watch the drawing live, she realized the next morning that her ticket had the winning numbers. She frequently shops at the Publix, located at 3830 Highway A1A in Melbourne Beach, where her winning ticket was purchased. She also expressed how difficult it was to keep such a big secret for over a month. The jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at Publix, located at 3830 Highway A1A in Melbourne Beach. The retailer received $100,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
James Stocklas another Florida Powerball winner of the $291.4 million Powerball jackpot from the drawing held on, March 2, 2016 claimed the prize at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. The winner, James Stocklas, 67, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $191,470,307.58.
Stocklas, a senior judge, was on his annual Florida vacation where he spent about a month fishing in the Florida Keys with close friends and relatives. He and the group were driving back to Pennsylvania in their RVs and stopped at the Tom Thumb store for a bag of ice and to pick up some Florida Lottery tickets. The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at Tom Thumb, located at 5515 Overseas Highway in Marathon.
On May 2016 $429.6 Million Powerball Jackpot Winners were Revealed at New Jersey Lottery Press Conference.
The owners of the sole jackpot winning Powerball ticket that was sold by the New Jersey Lottery for May 7th drawing, came to Lottery headquarters to validate the ticket and claim their prize. They claimed the prize as a group win and are named The Smith Family Lottery Pool. They purchased the ticket with a cash option which is valued at $284 million. Mrs. Pearlie Mae Smith purchased the ticket from the 7-Eleven store, 750 Chambers Street, Trenton in Mercer County. She is a pastor in a church in Trenton and rarely gambles. She said that these numbers popped into her head and felt compelled to listen to the intuition. She purchased one game board for the Wednesday, May 4 drawing and one board for the Saturday, May 7 drawing, which was the winning ticket.
If you also are looking for winning Power Ball Jackpot then here are few tips
- The more Powerball jackpot tickets you buy- the more chances you have of getting winning numbers.
- Also you can count on Statistics- US Powerball most frequently drawn numbers (hot numbers) in the past year were 02, 09, 33, 49, and 54.
- Most frequently drawn additional numbers (the ‘Powerball’) are 14; 28; 49 and 54.
- Instead of picking up an extra two or three Powerball jackpot tickets, perhaps a smarter participation choice will be the US Powerball- ‘Group Purchase’. This feature allows you to take part in a share pool along with other customers, in which case you automatically increase your winning odds by covering more numbers’ combinations and a lower participation amount.