May 29, 2013 – Since its introduction in 1992, Powerball from the Multi-State Lottery Association has had more than 200 jackpot winners on 2202 Powerball drawings.
14 states have offered Powerball since drawings began in 1992, but only eight of these states make the list of the top 10 jackpot-winning states.
So which states have had the most success?
The most winning state, in terms of jackpot winners, is Indiana. There have been 19 jackpot winners in Indiana, who have collected a combined $1.633 billion.
However, the Powerball website reminds players that states that started playing Powerball later, but are high on the list of jackpot wins, are “the real big winners, since they achieved [so many wins] within a shorter period of time.”
Of the states that haven’t participated in every drawing since 1992, Pennsylvania has done best, collecting about $1.32 billion with 16 jackpot wins. Pennsylvania started playing Powerball in June 2002.
Iowa also cracked the top 10 list for jackpot winners, even though they’ve only played in about a fifth of Powerball drawings. Seven jackpot winners there have raked in $831.5 million.
In terms of prize money collected, Indiana tops the list again, followed by Missouri, where 14 winners have collected just under $1.5 billion.
Last year, Powerball’s minimum jackpot doubled to $40 million, making second prizes worth a cool $1 million. Powerball officials hoped to create an average of 10 new millionaires in participating states each week.
So what states have the most second prize winners?
Surprisingly, the top two states for second prize winnings have only been playing for a few years.
Florida leads in second prizes awarded with 189 winners, and has only offered Powerball since 2009.
New York, which started playing Powerball in 2010, has seen 184 second prize winners.
The top five states by second prizes awarded are in fact mostly states that have participated in less than half of all Powerball drawings; only Pennsylvania has participated in more than half of the 2202 drawings.
While the odds of winning a jackpot or a second prize are still pretty slim – 1 in 175 million odds for a jackpot and 1 in 5 million odds for winning a second prize – everyone needs a reason for a road trip.