Powerball timeline: Featured events

In Powerball Lottery, some important events occurred since it started. You should know about all those events and how it affected its lottery system along with other famous lotteries too. All influential events in the US Power Ball Lottery are listed below.


On April 19, 1992, Sales begin for the Powerball lottery. And on 22nd April 1992, First Powerball drawing held with a $2 Million Jackpot prize. The game matrix was 5/45 + 1/45 at that time.


On July 20, 1996, First of five Powerball drawings broadcast from the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.


On Nov 5, 1997, Game matrix changed to 5/49 + 1/42, and the Jackpot amount starts at $10 Million.


On Oct 1, 2000, The Game Show episodes begin.


On March 7, 2001, Power Play wheel added to Powerball drawings.


On Oct 1, 2002, Powerball Instant Millionaire Game Show episodes begin.

On Oct 9, 2002, Game matrix changed to 5/53 + 1/42.


On Aug 31, 2005, Game matrix changed to 5/55 + 1/42, and Jackpot starts at $15 Million.


On Feb 18, 2006, $365 Million Powerball Jackpot won in Nebraska by ConAgra food workers.


On Jan 7, 2009, Game matrix changed to 5/59 + 1/39, and Jackpot amount starts at $20 Million. Power Play multiplier selected using an RNG.


On Feb 3, 2010, First Powerball for new Mega Millions cross sell lotteries.


On Jan 18, 2012, Game matrix changed to 5/59 + 1/35. Jackpot starts at $40 Million. And a new price was set to $2 per play. Power Play feature was close down.


On Jan 22, 2014, Power Play feature came back again to Powerball drawing.


On Oct 7, 2015, Game matrix changed to 5/69 + 1/26, and also 10X multiplier has been added to Power Play feature.


On Jan 13, 2016, Powerball has been set a world record for the largest jackpot of $1.586 billion. Grand prize split by three tickets in California, Florida and Tennessee.


On Aug 23, 2017, Powerball produced its biggest jackpot winning amount winner on a single ticket purchase, which was $758 Million.


On Mar 17, 2019, Powerball broke its record for the highest winning amount and set a new record high of $768 Million.


On Jan 30, 2020, Mississippi started the sale of Powerball lottery tickets. This is great news for the Powerball lottery and its lovers, who are the residents of Mississippi.

Detailed information about Powerball Lottery

Powerball ticket costs $2 for each play. And if you choose the powerplay option, then you need to pay $1 additionally for each game. These are the official prices to play a lottery game from the official lottery agent. If you don't want to go to a lottery agent or office and want to buy tickets by some broken on behalf of yours, then you can use 3rd party websites like The Lotter. They will buy tickets on your behalf from the lottery office, and they will provide you the scanned copies and the original ticket too. They will charge extra for all of this work to do on your behalf, which is obvious.

This 3rd party broker service is really handy for those who don't have the lottery agent/office in their jurisdiction, or they don't live in the US. So by this service, you can play the Powerball lottery from being anywhere in the world.

There is a Power Play option in the Powerball Lottery, which is very popular among all the players. It will multiply your winning amount by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 times. But this has some limitations like Jackpot prize can't get multiplied, even match five + PB prize will not get multiplied. 10X option doesn't come by default. It will come into play only when th e Jackpot amount is equal or less than $150 Million.

There is an annuity option in Powerball, which is also very popular. It gives you the liberty to receive your prize amount in parts for the next 29 years, and each year your amount will be increased by 5% because of the monetary inflation rate. So you will live your remaining life peacefully and with full of joy by that amount each year. It is totally up to you whether to choose this option or take the full lump sum amount at the time of prize money collection.