$1.09 BILLION: Powerball jackpot is 4th-largest in game history

Apr 2, 2024, 8:17 am (29 comments)


Powerball ticket-buying frenzy this week as game seeks to create billionaire

By Todd Northrop

This week lottery players across the United States will be pulling out all the stops to try and win Powerball, featuring one of the largest lottery jackpots in history, worth an estimated $1.09 billion.

The Powerball jackpot has been building for 39 consecutive drawings since the last winner on January 1, when one ticket from Michigan won a $842.4 million jackpot. The ticket was sold at the Food Castle in Grand Blanc, just south of Flint, and has not yet been claimed.

Monday night when there were no Powerball jackpot winners, the new jackpot for Wednesday's drawing was estimated at $1.09 billion, with a lump-sum cash option of $527.3 million. More than a half-billion dollars in cash!

For the 5th time in history, a Powerball jackpot has reached $1 billion. It is the 9th-largest lottery jackpot in US history, and the 12th-largest cash option ever offered. (See complete top 25 jackpot rankings for annuity and cash values below.)

Of course, any big winner (or winners) of Wednesday's Powerball jackpot will have to pay taxes on their prize, so the website USA Mega has a handy Powerball Jackpot Analysis page available to calculate the federal and state taxes that would be withheld upon payout. The feature calculates both the initial withholdings and the final tax burden due at the end of the year, and even can show taxes calculated for different IRS filing statuses.

Players looking for a nearby lottery retailer — or that out-of-the-way retailer with a smaller line — are encouraged to use Lottery Places, the only app for iOS, Android, and Windows that can locate the nearest lottery retailers in every jurisdiction that sells Powerball and Mega Millions. The helpful app can locate lottery stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, much of Canada, and the Caribbean.

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.

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 Wednesday's drawing was $975 million, but by the time all the proceeds were counted just before draw-time, the jackpot had swelled to $1.026 billion — an increase of more than $51 million.

The winning numbers for Monday, April 1, 2024 were 19, 24, 40, 42, and 56, with Powerball number 23.  The Power Play number was 2.

The Monday Double Play drawing results were 12, 15, 28, 30, and 39, with Powerball number 12. Double Play is a game option currently available in 22 states that lets you play your numbers in a second drawing for $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.

Even though nobody won the jackpot Monday, 6 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Florida, 2 from Maryland, 1 from Minnesota, 1 from North Carolina, and 1 from Virginia.

None of the second-prize tickets was purchased with the Power Play option, which would have doubled their prize to $2 million if they purchased the $1 option.

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.

The official drawing videos can also be found on the Powerball Drawing Detail page at USA Mega.

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, 64 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Powerball and won $50,000.  Of those tickets, 11 were purchased with the Power Play option, increasing the prize to $100,000, and 12 of the tickets were sold in California, where the prize was worth $14,157 this drawing.

Following the Monday drawing, the Powerball annuity jackpot estimate was raised $64 million from its previous amount of $1.026 billion and the cash value was raised by $30.9 million from its previous amount of $496.4 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 9th-largest lottery jackpot of all time in the United States, and the 4th-largest Powerball jackpot ever.  Brisk sales will almost certainly push the jackpot estimate higher by draw time.

  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: $1.128 billion, Mar. 26, 2024 (30 rollovers, starting at $20 million) - New Jersey
  9. Powerball: $1.09 billion, Apr. 3, 2024 (39 rollovers, starting at $20 million) - Preliminary estimate, not won yet
  10. Powerball: $1.0798 billion, Jul. 19, 2023 (38 rollovers, starting at $20 million) - California
  11. Mega Millions: $1.05 billion, Jan. 22, 2021 (36 rollovers, starting at $20 million) - Michigan
  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.

Looking at the cash value, the upcoming Powerball jackpot ranks as the 12th-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: $536.6 million cash, Mar. 26, 2024 ($1.128 billion annuity) - New Jersey
  12. Powerball: $527.3 million cash, Apr. 3, 2024 ($1.09 billion annuity) - Preliminary estimate, not won yet
  13. Powerball: $496 million cash, Oct. 4, 2021 ($699.8 million annuity) - California
  14. Powerball: $480.5 million cash, Aug. 23, 2017 ($758.7 million annuity) - Massachusetts
  15. Powerball: $477 million cash, Mar. 27, 2019 ($768.4 million annuity) - Wisconsin
  16. Mega Millions: $471 million cash, Mar. 30, 2012 ($656 million annuity) - Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
  17. Powerball: $450.2 million cash, Jan. 5, 2022 ($632.6 million annuity) - California, Wisconsin
  18. Powerball: $425.2 million cash, Jan. 1, 2024 ($842.4 million annuity) - Michigan
  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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wander73's avatarwander73

I didn't buy tickets last night.  wasn't sure which numbers.   yet I was thinking my instincts not to play.   interesting that it's not that high.


Quote: Originally posted by wander73 on Apr 2, 2024

I didn't buy tickets last night.  wasn't sure which numbers.   yet I was thinking my instincts not to play.   interesting that it's not that high.

Haven't checked all my tickets yet.   

Interesting an LP member commented on #23 for PB # and Mega ball coming in frequently...here we are again.

Played on-line around 3:30 this morning, however if I were to go to the store that doesn't start until 0500.  Big blue self serve machines do it automatically.  The ones the cashier's use have to be done manually.

Maybe they'll add another $100 to the kitty for tomorrow night.

CDanaT's avatarCDanaT

Time to go shopping for a few tickets at various locations...Good luck to everyone participating tomorrow night. 


Message from the # 23

Hello my name is 23 ... AKA the Powerball

You may recognize me

If I were a betting man er I meant to say number I wouldn't bet against me!

See you soon ....you may see me twice on one draw ....    FEED ME

And by soon I mean real soon!

Bye for now but, Ill catch up with ya'll down the road


The # 23

hearsetrax's avatarhearsetrax

might wait till Saturday's drawing !!


Getting 5 lines on my lunch break!


The pool I am in played number 23 in the last two draw. We won $8 in both draws.

Playing again in the Wednesday draw and the plan is to play numbers 22, 23 and 24 for the Powerball number.

Droptop209's avatarDroptop209

Goodbye 1995 Honda Accord.  Hello 2024  Jaguar F-Type

wander73's avatarwander73

Quote: Originally posted by winoneday on Apr 2, 2024

The pool I am in played number 23 in the last two draw. We won $8 in both draws.

Playing again in the Wednesday draw and the plan is to play numbers 22, 23 and 24 for the Powerball number.

I played with a couple people years ago. It's not even worth a pool.


MM is 45mil


Quote: Originally posted by EnReval on Apr 2, 2024

MM is 45mil

Looks like people are taking their few bucks they won from Powerball and throwing it into the ring tonight for the MM draw.

En ReVal

Can we get 2-3 winners this tine and less 2nd prize?  funny out of all these combinations, 1 tkt wins


maybe if it gets to 2.2b that may happen


Quote: Originally posted by En ReVal on Apr 2, 2024

Can we get 2-3 winners this tine and less 2nd prize?  funny out of all these combinations, 1 tkt wins


maybe if it gets to 2.2b that may happen

" Can we get 2-3 winners this time, " brilliant suggestion " l will see what l can do, let me make a call.



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